Friday, February 20, 2015

On Being Brave

I saw this shirt a few months ago and decided that I had to have it.

Be brave. Be thankful.
I think it's a great sentiment and a great reminder to me of how I want to live my life.  I spend too much time reluctant to step outside my comfort zone that I sometimes feel stuck in a rut of my own making.  So I'm purposely trying to be brave this year and doing things that make me uncomfortable.  And I'm trying to be more thankful that I'm able to do these things that make me uncomfortable.  Yes, it makes me sad that I can no longer run, but I still have legs and I can still walk.  I have a job, a home, food in my kitchen, and people and a dog who love me.  I have so, so much to be thankful for.

So this week I finally took the big step and did something that I've been talking about doing for maybe two years.  I went to my first masters swim workout...and it was AMAZING!  My gym had an "Intro to Masters" session on Monday morning where you could meet the coach, ask questions, and get a few swimming pointers.  So I went to that, and it turned out that only one other person showed up as well.  The coach asked us each to swim 50 yards easy, then told us both that we are ready to join masters if we wanted to.  He showed us the workout that the team had done that morning, explaining where at some points the faster swimmers did a particular section two or three times while the slower swimmers only did this once.  He said that we don't have to stay for the entire workout if it's too much for us or even if we're just short on time. (I like this because I might start going in the mornings before work once in a while.)  He told us the best days for us to come because those are the days that they only do freestyle and drills, so that would give us a chance to build endurance and get used to the workouts before tackling the other strokes.  He told us that some people on the team compete but most don't.  It was just a great opportunity to meet the coach and get an idea of what to expect.  He made it seem much less intimidating than I had built it up in my mind to be.

And with that, on Wednesday night I put on my big girl panties (big girl swimsuit?) and showed up for masters.  The coach remembered me from Monday, told me which lane would be best for me - the super slow lane, of course! - and there I was, swimming with the big kids.  The coach kept checking on me, telling me I could take as much rest as I needed, I could get out whenever I wanted, etc.  It was so much fun.  I made it through 60 minutes of the 75 minute session before my hands started cramping - most likely from the 600 yards using the pull buoy - and I just had to get out.  But I am soooo glad I mustered up my courage and went.  I'm going to be going every Monday & Wednesday nights for now.

And...I also now have another event to look forward to.  My best race buddy Meredith found a splash & dash that we can do together in April since our regular June triathlon has been cancelled.  She suggested it and I agreed, then after doing some research I started to chicken out.  But thankfully she shamed me into doing it by pointing out that they also hold a kids triathlon at the same location - so if 8 year olds can swim there, I guess I can too!  Sometimes you just need a friend to give you a little push to be brave!  And for that, I am thankful.


  1. OMG, you crack me up! I guess that means I should register! I'm so glad you found such a positive masters coach! Yay for you! And you swam for 60 minutes! That's AMAZING!

    Also, where did you get the shirt, I think I need one. In fact the kids might need them too!

  2. Good for you! I am glad you had such a good time. I need to hop outside my comfort zone a little too.