Competition with yourself is the only competition to focus on when you are regaining your health. In order to compete with yourself all you need is a baseline. When I began my journey, I used a treadmill to find mine. I was out of breath walking at a speed of 3.5 miles per hour and walking 1 mile at that speed was a lot of work. However, I lost my first 50 pounds by walking. I didn’t have the cardio ability to increase to a jog and my weight killed my knees, ankles and back any time I tried. Now I am doing interval speeds that never would have occurred to me even a year ago. We all have our own starting point and if you find yours you can watch the progress and stay motivated. Don’t focus on what you could do when you were young or in the best shape of your life. Focus on where you are now and take steps forward.
Last week my trainer had me doing obstacle drills that required explosive speed. He said I had to do 5 rounds of each obstacle course but my 5th time had to be my fastest. At first that did not make any sense but, by the end I completely understood what he was trying to do. I competed with myself and with one of the drills I was able to drop from 14.2 seconds to 10.53 seconds. The point was to find the baseline and then set a goal for my 5th run. Do not set a goal before you know your own current abilities. You will be surprised at what you can accomplish by keeping it pure and competing with only yourself.