After reading about Dara Torres's shoulder surgery last week, I wanted to remind you that it is OK not to be competitive all the time. Since none of us are vying for a spot on an Olympic team (if any of you are please let me know), it pays to listen to your body and avoid overuse injuries. Nagging aches and pains are your joints way of asking you to ease up and let your running buddy beat you up the hill. This also means, you do not need to always be trying to beat your personal best, be it in running, cycling, swimming. Sometimes just working out is just enough.
I really respect Dara's determination, but it is important to respect your body and its limits as well.