Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Open Waters!

Early July

It has been such a long time since my last post.  I blame the holiday.  I did slack off of the exercise that week as well.  We went out of town with Tiffany and her family for a couple of days and enjoyed swimming in the Colorado river and relaxing with friends. 

Yes.  Swimming in the Colorado river!  This was huge, although truly it was more just treading water and not much swimming.  I have been afraid of natural waters for quite some time now, so it was a big deal as I got in.  It was freaky.  It smelled, and every once in a while you would feel this cold pocket of water going by your legs.  It gave me a slight panicky feeling. I stayed in although I did not put my face in the water at all and I mostly stayed right by the pier.  But I did it. 

The next day, Tiffany's father took us in a ski boat to let the kids go knee boarding and tubing.  It was quite fun to watch and even my little one gave it a try. 

After being in the boat watching for about an hour or so, I took a deep breath and decided to give it a try myself. 

Drew, Tiffany's son is quite the pro at this.  He was my coach.  He is telling me, "Get up on your knees!"  And I though, "OK!"

This is my trying to get up on my knees!
Ya!  Ain't gonna happen.
So instead of knee boarding, I belly boarded instead.  It was fun and I think I made it at least a mile before I let go.  But the awesome thing is, I let go in the middle of the river and I had to wait for the boat to come back and pick me up.  My face never did make it under the water, but I still think these two things combined are monumental as far as overcoming fears. 

I can't say that I got to the point where I was comfortable in the water, because the thought of river monsters is always in the back of my mind.

But maybe, just maybe, I will be able to make it though the swim portion of the tri.

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