Enjoying The Journey
In sport, the cliché “No pain, no gain” is often used. Coaches use this saying to motivate their players during a difficult practice, parents use this saying to quell their children’s complaints, and athletes repeat this saying to convince themselves that all of the effort they put into their training will be worth it. Commercials propagate this message, showing images of athletes exerting maximum effort, sweat dripping down their face while they release a primal scream.
At Haeleum, we believe that “No pain, no gain” doesn’t tell the full story. In fact, we think that pain can be unnecessary and damaging. Getting swarmed by mosquitoes and being miserable with twenty big, itchy bites for the next week is not a gain. Getting Lyme disease because you weren’t protected against ticks and missing out on a year’s worth of adventure is certainly not a gain. Yes, we believe that putting in effort is important. We also believe that all athletes should strive for self-improvement, whether that is a new PR or just getting off the couch more often. But we also believe very strongly in enjoying the journey.
An athlete who is singularly focused on performance will have nothing to show for their efforts if they come up short in competition. However, an athlete who enjoys their training will have fond memories and adventures to appreciate after their competition has ended, even if they are unsuccessful.
Going even further, we believe that the focus should shift from the finish line to the journey itself. Racing and competing is fun, but they are only a small part of sport. For every competitor, there are a multitude of stories that make up the journey that got them to the finish line. Those stories are what we are interested in. We want to know about the weekend hiking trips, the late night trail runs, and big hill climb in the middle of the race. At Haeleum, it’s not where you finish, but how you got there.
Haeleum does our part to allow you to focus on your journey instead of a wet, heavy shirt, a glaring sun, or those annoying bugs. So get out there and enjoy yourself!