I don't believe that I'm very different than most so called athletes. As an experiment as someone what their PR is in a common distance like a 5k. Most athletes will rattle it off immediately but then the next sentence is often either an excuse or a plan to improve. Try it.
Then I had a brain fart. What if you had PRs in other parts of your life that you mentally track as closely? I thought of how much money one makes in a year or the biggest bonus or commission if you work in fields like that. I knew that off the top of my head too.
Some other ideas for PRs came to mind:
- The most vacations taken in a year. (notice it isn't the most days worked in a year)
- Worst sunburn (hard to measure).
- Smartest moment.
- Number of near death experiences.
- Number of times fate intervenes in near death experiences. (all?)
- Highest (dubious) or lowest weight as an adult.
- Smallest size clothes you've fit into.
- Date of last all nighter.
- Luckiest you've ever felt.
- Date of last all nighter not work related.
- The fastest you've ever driven in a car (mine was >100mph since the speedometer only went that high)
- Dumbest moment.
- The fastest you've ever ridden your bike. (I've topped 50mph a few times, last at a Placid training ride).
- Longest your house has been out of power.
- Coldest/hottest temperature you've experienced and where.
- Saddest you've ever been.
- Most frightened you've ever been.
- Happiest you've ever been.
Some of these have crossed into the athlete mode again - hey, it happens. I can't remember all of these for me but it is an interesting exercise and I'm thinking about keeping track. Any to add?