Why do we do this?

The following is not a rhetorical question.

What does it mean to you to be on a competitive team?


Blogger lisa said...

This is the first time we have been called a 'competitive' team. I thought we had agreed early on last fall that we were a 'travel' team. Doesn't mean that we are not competitive, but that we travel to other cities to paddle, meet other paddlers, and of course compete. There is a slight difference in emphasis here.

4:58 PM, June 03, 2004  
Blogger Carolyn said...

I think Lisa stated it well - I don't think we are a competitive team yet - that may come with time (and I don't think I'd object to that), but not until we at least have a full boat.

9:17 PM, June 03, 2004  
Blogger Kit said...

Maybe there are 2 questions here: Chuck's (what does it mean to you to be on a competitive team?) and Lisa's (are we on a competitive team?).

In response to Chuck's question: for me, being on a competitive team means working together, staying focused at practice on improved performance and paddling strength/technique, and being "coachable" (listening/responding to Pauline and Ben).

In response to Lisa's question: yes, I think we are on a competitive team, but we sometimes forget that and treat this as primarily a recreational experience. I don't think competition excludes recreation at all (probably enhances it!), but there's a different emphasis.

The Latin roots for "compete" are "com" and "petere" -- or "together" and "seek." I think "seeking together" is a fair description of the team -- we seek to grow, to gain proficiency, and to improve performance.

8:46 AM, June 04, 2004  
Blogger Kit said...

The online description of TRRA's women's rowing team (master's level) is interesting to read in the context of this discussion: http://www.threeriversrowing.org/r-womens.html .

10:52 AM, June 04, 2004  

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