We never know what we can accomplish until we try.
A few months ago, my other "job" was entering teams for a corporate 5K challenge. It was to be an early season race and I didn't think that I would be up to "speed" so I didn't sign on.
About a week ago, an e-mail went out that one of the team members was unable to participate and they were looking for a replacement. I had just learned that the meeting I was supposed to attend cancelled leaving me open the day of the event.
This time I thought ...well...if they need someone...I probably won't do well... but I'll be helping the team which might need to cancel otherwise. Long and short...I signed on.
The race was yesterday. The weather was beautiful and I was blessed with the opportunity to get to know some of my coworkers outside the office and to learn we had a common interest. Some of the team, I had only met previously through e-mail or passing in the hall (we work for a very large corporation). Pre-race...I was thinking just this alone made it worthwhile. I had no expectations for a spectacular performance.
Well the race results came in this morning and, of the 12 people in our category from my company, I came in second and made the top 18% overall. We had three teams of three...the group I stepped up to help out came in first of our three teams and we finished in the Top 20 percent...23 out of 116 teams competing.
Needless to say...I am already thinking about participating next year and strategizing ways to shave some time off my overall. Watch out Mr. Number One...here I come!