Today we had a choice of doing a 2 km run or row. As we only have 4 rowers and quite a few people I decided to do the run instead ... I figure I can improve at both these elements therefore it doesn't matter which one I choose.
The beauty of keeping statistics and logging my workouts is I can look back on them and see how I'm going. I'm glad of this today as I was, as usual, the last person back from the run and logged a time of 8:47. When I compared this to my last attempt I realised that I beat my previous time by 13 seconds. During the run I was reminding myself as all the others were pulling away from me that there was a time when I could barely run 2 km and today it felt good.
It is easy for me to fall into the trap of comparing against other people but ultimately it's me against me.