“Mad” “nuts” “crazy” – just a few adjectives that have been attributed to me in the last few years. Mainly because of the challenges I’ve taken on. But I hope “brave” might be added soon. Because I feel as though I’m well on the way to conquering a big fear, open water swimming.
As mentioned in my previous blog, I’ve had a few “experiences” on my journey towards Swim Serpentine but last night I swam two laps (1km) of a local lake and I didn’t panic! This might not seem that monumental an achievement but it’s huge to me.
When you’ve spent a lot of time worrying about something and feel that conquering it is beyond you, it can be a bit depressing. Especially when countless triathletes seem to find it easy. But if you look for other solutions to a problem, it can often be fruitful. My solution turned out to be swimming in a 50m open water pool, which provided a half way house between a 25m indoor pool and the open water and made the transition a lot smoother.
That has been my latest challenge and I know that we all face our own individual set backs and problems and some are bigger and harder to overcome than others. But we owe it to ourselves to try to conquer our fears and problems, otherwise they might haunt us forever.
The whole open water journey has made me realise that it’s good to challenge ourselves regularly. We can’t just stand still, we can’t just decide that something is beyond us. We have to try and overcome the obstacles put in our way.
So good luck with conquering your own personal fears and challenges. Never stop moving forward but take a moment to stop and appreciate how far you’ve come.
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