Would you do a competition just for the heck of it?

From the CRASH-B's to an online challenge, discuss the competitive side of erging here.
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Would you do a competition just for the heck of it?

Post by Gammmmo » April 4th, 2018, 9:14 am

My OH and me are both sporty and competitive. I have often in the past competed at running, cycling, triathlon and occasionally at erging. She OTOH tends to do team sports but has done an erg competition with me. The other day she asked me if there were any more erg competitions coming up. I replied that I didn't think I was in great shape ATM so didn't see the point. She OTOH said "we could just do it for the crack / hell of it". So...my question is, do YOU sometimes do competitions for the experience or do you only tend to go with a very specific goal in mind?
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Post by Cyclist2 » April 4th, 2018, 12:04 pm

For events I take seriously on a competitive level, like rowing, cycling, and running (back when I was still doing it), I train hard and have goals in mind. OTOH, I have taken fliers in other sports. The Washington State Senior Games have all sorts of sports and I have competed in cycling, rowing, archery, and rock climbing. I managed to medal in every one, mainly because there were so few people participating, although the cycling was against the same guys I did it with on a weekly basis - pretty competitive. It was more about the participation, staying active, and meeting like minded people.

So yes, competition on a whim is great as long as you don't expect too much and just go have fun.
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Post by Dangerscouse » April 9th, 2018, 4:15 pm

The last time I did a competition of any sort was when I was 15 and played basketball.

I'm really not sure if I could do an erg comp without knowing that I would give it something close to my best. I guess with your other half it would be fun to do though. I would give a cycling competition a go just to see what happens as I wouldn't have much of an idea of what to expect.
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Re: Would you do a competition just for the heck of it?

Post by Two Pudding Kid » April 10th, 2018, 11:28 pm

I might, particularly if there was a tourist attraction I wanted to see or some other reason for being in the area that day. Indoor owing I like to think that I am pretty good, but running is just getting round a halfmarathon although has taken me around Europe and some great weekends both sightseeing and being with other like-minded people.

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