Percy Cerutty writes the following in the preface to one of his books, "To paraphrase the statement attributed to Baron Coubertin,the founder of the modern Olympic Games, and to supplement it: It is not the winning that is important,it is the taking part in. It is not the arrival that is important, but the journeying to. It is not the doing that is important, but the trying to be. All the world admires the trier--and that is something we can all succeed at: be tops in, being a sincere and punishing trier." We should not forget that our participation in athletics is more than whether or not we achieved some predetermined race time or place.Those who focus solely on performance are limiting themselves in regards to what they can learn,experience and enjoy.