An old Cherokee told his grandson, "My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies & ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, & truth." The boy thought about it, and asked, "Grandfather, which wolf wins?" The old man quietly replied, "The one you feed." Are you an athlete or an obsessive exerciser? Before we get into opinions on athletics and sports lets define some terms. An athlete performs real life, athletic, purposeful movements (running, jumping, lifting, throwing, hitting etc.) to an objective/definable standard. They don’t perform to a subjective look but rate their performance by measurable standards (weights, reps, times, distances, scores, etc). Athletes train to improve performance, prevent injury and accomplish measurable goals. They seek the advice of coaches and apply that advice along with a lot of hard work, discipline and determination to their training. The effect of all this is generally a pretty healthy person. Seeking a challenge and committing to a meaningful goal and hard work helps make us better individuals. The obsessive exerciser is pursuing subjective, hard to measure goals (skinnier, bigger, etc.). Their goals aren’t as much about health or performance but more so about the feeling of the short-term gratification. They train primarily out of fear of failure (how ever they define it). They rarely are satisfied, as they don’t know what it is they are pursuing. They often experience over use injuries and lose training focus and move on to the next thing to obsess over. The athlete however will continue to train, day in and day out, working on weaknesses and strengths until they reach their goals, then they will set new ones. They know it’s ultimately all on them to get it done, that a test is just a test not an ultimate statement of value or accomplishment. They know what wolf they are feeding. There is a little of both in all of us. The cool, calm professional gets it done while sometimes our compulsions leads us up to and over the edge. Tonight at 8:00PM 12.3 will be announced. At 8:01 the wolf feeding frenzy will begin. We will do a practice run on Thursday and judge everyone on Saturday at Friendship CF along with them and CF OKM. After that its back to training for 12.4,12.5 and anything else we decide to tackle, not obsessing about 12.3.