Scare yourself silly


Some of you will know that I am currently training for my very first triathlon. It will be at Fritton Lake in June and will consist of a swim in the lake, cycle ride and all topped off with a run/jog/crawl to the finish line.

Now, I’ve always considered myself a fairly competent swimmer when I have the safety of the four pool walls around me, but it dawned on me that a swim in Fritton Lake or “Open Water Swimming” as they call it is going to be a different kettle of fish (roach, bream and pike to be more specific!)

So, just over a week ago, I embarked on my first open water swim. I toddled off early one Saturday morning down to Fritton Lake armed with my brand new wet suit, goggles and swimming hat. I had no idea where I was going, what to expect or whether in fact I could even do it, but nonetheless I went anyway.

I picked a few brains in the female changing rooms about how to get a wet suit on (no easy task let me tell you) and finally headed off to the water top to toe in rubber. The lovely safety man told me what to expect along with the fact that I had my goggles on upside down (oops!) and finally he gave me the thumbs up to go. How did it feel you ask? Well, it was scary, exhilarating and absolutely fffff….freezing cold! My first instinct was to jump out and drive home but I’m far too stubborn for that, so up and down I swam, breast stroking past the ducks who sat quietly watching amongst the reeds.

Why am I rattling on about all of this I hear you ask? Well, when I finally got out of the water and peeled the wetsuit from my red raw body, I had this sense of “I’ve only gone and blooming well done it!” a feeling which is absolutely priceless. It’s a feeling that makes you feel alive, like anything is possible and that life is there for living. My little trip to Fritton may seem small fry to some of you or a massive deal to others, but to me it was a big step and one that has spurred me on to do a few more scary things. So, if you’re sat there wanting to do something that you’ve been just too scared to do for whatever reason, then embrace the fear, get out there and do it, I guarantee it will leave you wanting more.

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