When I was a kid I was afraid to jump the curb (up or down) on my bike. I did it anyway, all the time, but I was nervous. I wanted to feel natural and free, like I was flying over the curb vs. panicking about whether I'd crash. A few years later, after lots of curb mishaps, dirt trails and slow-motion riding, I did really well at my school bike rodeo. This was decades ago and I totally remember how much fun it was! I didn't let my fear or nerves get in my way and I had a great time.
Life, fear & dreams:
- Last year I interviewed Nancy from Family on Bikes about their 17,300-mile cycling trip from Alaska to Argentina. She challenges readers to take advantage of every moment. http://www.positivelypositive.com/2011/12/27/what-would-you-do-if-you-were-not-afraid-blog/
- Triathlete Rajesh Durbal used his faith to help him "make the choice to be free in himself and life life amazingly and unashamed." As the first triple-amputee to finish Kona, he inspires many through his foundation Live Free, his camps for paratriathletes and by developing new gear for challenge athletes. He says:
"Don’t ever give up on what you believe in.
His dream is to do extraordinary things everyday
Questions for You:
- How has fear blocked your way?
- Is all fear bad?
- What stories/people inspire you?
- What would you do if you weren't afraid?
Happy New Year active.com triathletes!
Sara Cox Landolt
Great post Sara.
For a long time, I was "afraid" of Ironman. I didn't know if I could ever be ready, or ever "train enough" to do it. But when you push that register button or sign your registration check, I think you've taken the biggest step to committing and overcoming fear. It's like going to the gym every morning - the hard part is putting on your shoes and going out your front door - then the fear subsides and you go on cruise control.
Fear is good, in my opinion. If you're not afraid of something, then it's not enough of a challenge for you - which means your satisfaction completing that something may be diminished.
Dick and Rick Hoyt, are, in my opinion, the most insipiring story in our sport. I can't watch them without crying every time. They're a perfect example of love, courage and athleticism, all rolled into one.
I know this is different than what you may have been looking for, but I think if I weren't ever afraid, I'd never experience the thrill that comes with overcoming fear. A world without fear would be boring, I fear.
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Great article, everyone must face fear at some point...whether it is fear of the swim start or fear of not finishing before the cutoff. It is fear that makes us stronger as athletes because it pushes us just a bit harder.