Swim Day

Posted: March 20th, 2012   |   Category: Blog

Today, I can’t swim. I can’t even float. I had my first swim lesson with Josh Gold and I spent most of the hour on my back trying to float and kick across the pool that is four feet deep.

At some point I was getting it, but not quite. Josh asked me if I wanted to go to the longer pool that was 7 feet deep. I decided not to (I wanted to let the lifeguard take it easy today). I have 243 days until Ironman Arizona and I can’t swim.

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by something that seems so impossible to achieve. What are you trying to do in your life that most people would tell you that you’re insane for trying it? Or it seems so out of your reach that you begin to doubt yourself?

There’s this hill in Central Park that I had a lot of trouble going down in a race. Yes, I said going down. Riding up hills was fine for me, but riding down this hill at 30+mph; I just couldn’t make the right hand turn. I would always end up taking it really wide (nearly off course) and then sprint to catch back up to the race.

I had friends teach me how to make the right turn at speed, but I was having a lot of trouble. It was extremely frustrating. Then one day, with a lot of concentration, I was getting it (to a certain degree anyways). I went to Central Park a bunch of times just to ride that downhill and conquer it.

Now, I ride down that hill and don’t even need to think about it. I can go through the curves so smoothly that I don’t know why I even had any trouble with it in the first place!

What are you trying to do/accomplish that is so out of your league that you don’t know if you can do it or not?


1 comment for this entry:
  1. MO SAYS:

    I know exactly which downhill right turn you’re talking about. ;-)

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