I'm part of a triathlon club. It's mostly women, and I'd say I'm the least experienced and least athletic of the group. And I'm no slacker.
This morning at master swim, we were doing sets of 4 x 25 meters on 30 seconds. By the end of each of those sets, I was seriously sucking wind, and everyone else looked happy and content. That's ok, though, they're all faster swimmers than I am. If I'm pushing to finish 25 meters in 23 seconds, then 7 seconds just isn't enough rest. By the last time we did this, I lengthened the time to 35 seconds, so I'd have a little over ten seconds rest. Still tiring, but at least no one would have to pull my body out of the pool.
I wonder, as the least talented amongst this group of triathletes, should I feel like a loser? I don't. I train with them, and even if I'm not as fast, I know I'm getting stronger. Being around talented people really motivates me, and I'm going to use that motivation to do as well as I can in my first triathlon on June 9.