Monday, December 20, 2010

I'm a little late to the party, but just stumbled across this website: From the Reverb 10 website: Reverb 10 is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. Use the end of your year as an opportunity to reflect on what's happened, and to send out reverberations for the year ahead.

For the next two weeks, I'm going to join the movement and use the reverb prompts to reflect on 2010 and doing a little self-exploration into my life and goals and plans for the coming year. 

Enter prompt for December 20th, stage left:

20 December 2010: Beyond Avoidance What should you have done this year but didn’t because you were too scared, worried, unsure, busy or otherwise deterred from doing? (Bonus: Will you do it?)

I should have competed in a sprint triathlon this year (specifically, the Portage Lakes Triathlon in September). Will I eventually do it? Yes. In 2010? Not likely (considering the year is 2 weeks from being over and there is SNOW all over creation). 

Competing in a triathlon has been suggested to me several times by various people in my life. My biggest reservation is fear of the unknown. I have no idea how the logistics of a triathlon work. Give me any run-of-the-mill (no pun intended) marathon or half marathon and I'm as comfy as a crab to race again and again. I just show up at the starting line and run until I make it to the finish. 

A triathlon is a whole different animal.

What do I wear for something that requires me to swim, bike and run in one fell swoop? Can I just leave my biking shoes at the transition area when I switch to my running shoes? How do I swim with hundreds of other people around me? How far can I actually swim in open water? 

These questions instill immeasurable doubt in my mind. Isn't that silly? I think Zach Gill (of ALO) sums it up pretty well "... find the strength to move from love and not from fear"

Why in the world wouldn't I train and compete in this incredible even simply because I'm scared? That, my friends, is moving from fear. So, I'm not so sure if I'll be ready to try a tri in 2011 (I think I'd like to get a few more marathons under my belt!) but it's going to be on my pre-30th birthday bucket list.

What is something that you avoided doing this year? What can you do to help overcome your doubts and (in the wise words of Nike) just do it?

1 comment:

  1. Welcome to reverb10! glad you joined. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I am glad I found yours and look forward to following! x, S


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