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What if you?re last?

Posted by Gale Bernhardt Apr 25, 2008

Last night I traveled to the Outdoor DIVAS Cherry Creek store in Denver to talk about nutrition and training issues at an event sponsored by Pearl Izumi. An enthusiastic group of women, and one support-your-gal guy, discussed all kinds of issues. I got a chance to meet some great women as well.

 

One issue that comes up in nearly every group that I talk to is the concern about being last in a race. It doesn’t matter if it is an all female, all male or a mixed group, there is always at least one person that expresses a discomfort or fear about being the last finisher at an event.

 

In 2005, I was the last official finisher in the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike race. How that all unfolded is another story – but that finish remains one of my all-time most memorable races and race finishes. I was quite happy to be last.

 

It’s no secret that I’m a Starbuck’s pumpkin scone fan. If I’m the last one to get a pumpkin scone before the tray is empty, I’m one happy gal.

 

If you were the last one to get something from a store before it closed, would you be happy to be last?

 

If you were the last one in a special line to receive $1 million in cash - would you want to be last in line or not in line at all?

 

Would you prefer to be in the game of life, playing with all you’ve got? Or home on the couch in front of the TV watching others play?

 

If you could be last in line to receive the privilege of health, participation, fresh air, friendship, physical exertion, feeling alive…would you chose to be last in line or not in line at all?

 

Do you know someone that needs some help with the fear of being last? Maybe these blog thoughts will help them.

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