Ok dear readers, I would like you to weigh in on this one. I have been told over the last couple of days that if I want to improve at my current sport (hobby) then I need to get right outside my comfort zone and just go for it. The good old, “feel the fear and do it anyway”, kind of approach.
Is this true? Do I have to be that bad ass?
Seeing as I am currently on a mountain doing some downhill skiing, this thought feels me with even more dread then I can already muster up staring down the slope at the start of a run. I am much improved over last year and can tackle the intermediate runs but I cannot keep up with my kids. Not a chance!
But this comment about getting out of your comfort zone and going for it has had me reflecting on how I have improved in other areas of my exercise life.
I absolutely stepped outside my comfort zone training for a marathon and then completing it. But this was done gradually, one longer run after another with some nice speedwork inbetween. There was plenty of time to think about fuelling and training and monitoring how my body was tracking.
I absolutely have stepped outside my comfort zone by joining a swim squad and cranking up the distance in the pool every Monday night. I do my best every time I am in the pool but I am sure the coach is keeping an eye and only letting me do as much as she feels that I can.
However, downhill skiing is an all or nothing kind of sport. You either take that run or you don’t. And if you don’t then you will never know if you could. Could be an all or nothing kind of day today.
What do you think? Do you believe that you have to push yourself outside your comfort zone in order to improve?
Is this how you tackle your training and exercise goals?