What is Competition?


Competition is the basis for all sport.  People play sports because they’re fun.  Sports are fun because every participant is given a chance to compete.  It’s not the outcome or the opponent that matters.  People enjoy competing because they’re given an opportunity to test themselves and their abilities in order to experience the thrill of an improvement toward a goal.  Competition can be both individual and team oriented.   By incorporating competition into everyday practice, Renegade Rowing allows us to track progress toward our goals, but more importantly to have fun and experience the journey.

In order to compete, athletes must develop mental toughness.  Firsthand athletes are developed through competition when they harness the power of the mind.  Our thoughts affect our feelings and our feelings affect our actions.  Anyone can develop an ability to do work with regards to fitness and rowing, but when work capacity is combined with mental toughness, athletes can control their actions and reach their goals.  Mental toughness is an athlete’s ability to commit to competition with a belief in oneself, to have a positive focus on the things they can control, and to embrace challenge as an opportunity for learning and self-improvement.

While the thrill of intrinsic motivation should be what drives us, we should not forget about the power of the opponent or the teammate in competition.  We can push ourselves as individuals, but the opportunity to push ourselves against others will only make us better.  I’m a competitive guy and I like being pushed and challenged and testing my abilities against others.  There’s honesty in giving it all you have against others, especially knowing they’re doing the same.

Rowing is an Olympic Sport that elite athletes train for year round.  Some athletes may only compete 5 to 6 times per year and of those competitions they might only peak for one race.  Most other sports have seasons filled with games allowing for learning and development during competition.  Renegade Rowing incorporates daily competition so that athletes have the same opportunities that other sports have.  Renegade athletes will have the confidence needed to perform on race day.  By providing many opportunities to experience race day competition in practice, athletes will have a wealth of experiences to draw from when race day arrives.

Daily Challenge 4/27:

Compete!  Challenge the next person you see to a thumb war!

Let us know how it goes and why you enjoy competition…

5 thoughts on “What is Competition?

  1. I enjoy competition because it lights that fire under you that wouldn’t normally be there if you weren’t trying to push for a faster time, set a new PR, or best someone at something. There’s a big difference in the adrenaline rush you get from a 3 mile jog versus a 5k race! So today I taught the cashier I bought lunch from to a thumb war. He hadn’t heard of it so I had to teach him. Then he beat me. Guess I need to work on my thumb mobility.

  2. this was a great daily challenge!!! It brought out my competitiveness with out the worry of being tested; it was just fun .

  3. OK, I’m posting late but I did challenge someone to a thumb war! And then she challenged me to a double thumb war, which was pretty awesome as far as thumb wars go. 🙂 I love competition because, as Alex said, it is a great motivator!! Whether that is to go faster or just try something new, I think competition really helps us push past whatever boundaries we set for ourselves — mental and physical. And I guess I will test that out today in my kayak race! AAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

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