Stepping out of my Comfort Zone

Here’s how this morning, not too long ago played out:

I woke up at an ungodly hour and fumbled through my house trying to avoid sharp toys that hadn’t been put away, shoes that were thrown around and Fit Boy’s ever present stool that’s never in the spot I think he’s left it (I swear that stupid thing multiplies in the dark…). I got myself out the door and into my car. After doing a quick check to ensure I was a)not forgetting any gear and b)fully clothed, I picked up my friend Les and off we drove to the pool. It was just after 6am and there was no one out and about.

There was very little conversation as even though I am essentially non-verbal until coffee has been consumed there was a bigger thing at play on that car ride to the pool.

I was terrified. My stomach was in knots and I honestly thought I might permanently damage my precious Lulu pants by crapping in them (blog writing at its finest right here folks…).

So why was I so nervous that I thought I’d be driving down the street with my arse flapping out the window? I was on my way to my first ever group swim.

With a triathlon club.

Composed of triathletes.

Real ones. Not the ones I pretend I swim with when I’m alone at the pool.

Did I mention that this group swim was 2 hours long? Have I ever mentioned that I can’t complete more than one 25 meter length without requiring CPR?

Rocking my $5 swim cap. Don’t be jealous.

Yep…there was a reason I was giving myself such bad heartburn that I was burping smoke.

The fact that I’m writing this is a clear indication that I survived. More than survived. I got hooked! It was a great swim. I kept up, I learned lots and just as I have found to be true of nearly every health and fitness community I’ve been a part of, I was accepted, welcomed and learned a great deal. It was not 2 hours of lap swimming. It was drills, games, laughing, sharing and it was exhausting. But it’s exactly what I need if I ever want to get to the triathlon platform. So will I be going back? Absolutely! Will I enjoy the 5am wake-up on Saturday morning? Heck to the N-O!

Your turn: have you ever done anything that scared you so much you thought you were going to lose control of your bodily functions?

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Stephanie is a Canadian Mom of 3, Runner, Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Christ-follower and all around reeker of awesomeness. When she's not chasing after her kids, you can find her dreaming big dreams and bringing them to life.

6 Responses to Stepping out of my Comfort Zone

  1. Great job Steph. I have been wanting to do the sprint tri in my town. Unfortunately, the swim training does not work with my family schedule. Maybe I’ll take some private lessons. You have really inspired me.

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