I have a friend who has put off doing the Sculpt 6k womens only walk/run event that is held in Auckland City at the end of every year because she isn’t “fit enough”.
When I talked to her the other day I asked in passing if she was thinking of entering this year. Her answer?
No – It will take me ages or I’ll die, I’m just not ready ..
OK firstly I’ve thought I was going to die many a time during training including the time I pointed at my chest and told Mr P.T my heart was about to burst open from exertion and he just rolled his eyes and informed me my heart was on the other side of my chest. As you have probably gathered from the fact that you are reading a new blog post I survived. 😉
Don’t get me wrong, I am not writing this blog post to belittle my friends feelings I just want to point something out. Firstly it is highly unlikely that you will die, secondly who cares how long it takes – it’s not the Olympics, heck it’s not even a race and finally if I waited till I was ready to give anything a go, I wouldn’t have done much and I definitely wouldn’t have kids.
People see me do all these weird and wonderful things and think I’m fit (they obviously have never trained beside me) and fearless (ummm remember that time at Tough Mudder I burst into tears and Jared had to climb the net and rescue me?).
It’s quite obvious I’m neither of those things, I”m just “stupid” enough to sign up to do things without thinking about the consequences.
There were times I was scared s**tless, there were times I thought I coudln’t finish, there were times I was the slowest in the field and there were times I hated every second and couldn’t wait for it to be over and then on the odd occasion there would be a day where everything fell into place and I loved every minute.
The thing is if I never tried anything I wouldn’t know that
- I suck at turning corners on a bike and cleats scare the shit out of me
- Swimming is hard work but a wetsuit makes it easier
- I hate cargo nets but if hundreds of people chant my name and Jared is there I will climb one.
- I can do anything I put my mind to!
If I can leave you with one thought for the weekend it’s this … you will never “think” you are ready, but if you don’t try you will never know just what you are made of.
Till next time