Diving Into the Deep End and Out of Your Comfort Zone

In the fall of 2017, I began swimming twice a week as part of my triathlon training.  Like a lot of novice triathletes, this was the part of the race that made me nervous.  It wasn’t that I couldn’t swim, just that I didn’t – at least, not very often and not very far. Finding a race that required a swim of just 300 meters in a pool was what made me decide to go through with it.  The security of swimming in a pool, where lifeguards would be on the watch, made the whole thing a lot less daunting. Three hundred meters was still farther than I’d swum in a long time but it seemed doable. For the first session of training, my goal was to swim 50 meters.   That’s just two complete lengths of the pool, up and back. I didn’t make it. Upon reaching the far end, I grabbed the edge and gasped like a salmon plucked from the river and tossed onto the bank.  After five minutes spent sucking air, I swam back to the other end of the pool.  Slowly. That inauspicious beginning could have marked the end of my triathlon dream but three days … Continue reading Diving Into the Deep End and Out of Your Comfort Zone