Overcoming Fear

Holy mother of exhaustion! Today felt like a real marathon…spin class, teaching my strength and conditioning for triathletes class, Crossfit, training clients, swim coaching and then running hills with my last client…all day long all I kept telling myself was, “Lisa, stay focused, you’ll get it all done…stay focused.” While running said hills with said last client of the day, we had an interesting discussion. I suggested that she choose a goal 5K race (she has never participated in a race before). While she is certainly physically ready to do this, she hesitated and I inquired as to why.

She told me that she is afraid of the starting line, the crowds and the overall potentially anxiety-provoking situation. The more we spoke, the more I was able to persuade her to give it a go. We discussed many things…I promised her that 60 Minutes would not be there filming her, that she could start in the back of the pack and take her time and reminded her that no prize money was involved…so why be afraid? I remember my first race and how nervous I was and I shared that with her. She agreed that it would be a good idea to overcome this fear of racing and in fact, we talked about how she was NOT racing, she was participating.

So what is the point of this post? Well, first and foremost we have to recognize that there are always going to be situations in our lives that provoke anxiety. However, we have the power to push past the fear and do something we’ve never done before. It requires a leap of faith and being certain of our abilities. The end result is exhilarating…think about something you’ve been afraid to try and give it a whirl…how empowering will that be? Run a 5K, participate in a Masters Swim Meet-go in knowing that you are there to participate and HAVE FUN!!!! Okay folks, eat clean, train dirty, and have a great Saturday night!!!!