Lets talk about something that has been on my mind the past few days, integrity.
I don't mean to be a jerk face, but there is something in life that I think everyone should possess and value...and that is their integrity. Knowing that all merit is backed by honest and moral principles is what makes achievement so special, and I have always valued my integrity. While I am not a perfect person and have a lot of terrible qualities, it has always been important for me to uphold an honest and true picture of who I am in life and not to parade around as something I am not. I do not take credit for others work, and I appreciate and respect the success of others.
That being said, I think that this is also a quality that should be upheld in athletics. Sportsmanship is an extremely attractive quality in an athlete, and all great physical achievements come from honest hard work. There is no way to cheat the system and still come out on top. Dopers get caught and so do racers who think that they can out smart the system and take course shortcuts.
Why is this all so important to me today? Because cheating deprives you of who you are and has the ability to hurt others along the way. Cutting a race course where you misrepresent your abilities is not cool, and taking credit for work that you simply did not do is basically fraud. Plainly put no one like recognition for their merit going to someone else who found out a way to cheat the system and today my feelings are hurt because of this. I feel like I am reliving a sad fall day nearly two years ago when some jerk decided that they had more rights to my new bicycle then I did, so they cut the lock and took it while I was in a yoga class. Robbed blindly.
In the movie Without Limits Bill Bowermans character says one of the most prolific things that I have ever heard, that "the purpose of a race is not to win, it is to test the limits of the human heart". A man is no greater because he won, he is greater because for a brief moment in time he took a step outside of his comfort zone and believed that he could achieve something great.
There are no intentions to be controversial here or to point fingers and name names, recent events have just put a damper on my heart that I needed to get off my chest. Having integrity in your works and not claiming that which is not yours is good humanity and common courtesy. Nuff said. Thank you.