5:45am, 31 degrees. Ice on the sidewalk. Getting ready for our big 7.5km long distance swim. Cold, dark, wet and uncomfortable. Not usually a joyous moment. Except for one thing— we’re in Speedos outside on Dec 22...that’s pretty cool if you ask me! I’ve spent too many years living in the snow...a Speedo in December is a good thing. Here’s the funny thing about this long distance swim: a couple weeks ago we did a 5k— 3 miles... I’ve never swum that far... and the night before that, I wasn’t sure if I could even swim that far. I find apprehension an old friend who has always chosen to join me in big challenges. So we get to the 7.5k challenge (swimming a little under 5 miles), and once again I wondered if I could seriously swim 5 miles. That’s 1/4 the English Channel. (Though swimming the Channel is an altogether different challenge.) But I go to bed going through my mental routine— affirming in my mind that I can and I will. Not an aggressive take-no-prisoners mindset, rather a quiet determination, cultivated over years of facing unknowns. Then once again the alarm goes off at 4:45am. I wake up and head to the pool. In the locker room, there’s light banter, the usual joking— one guy says out loud to everyone, “you all failed the IQ test.” LOL. That alone was worth showing up. But here’s the lesson—because this post isn’t about “look at me”, but rather “here’s what I learned, maybe you find it interesting”— when I jumped in the pool and started swimming, 2 things went through my mind: don’t think 7.5km. Think 500m. I can swim 500 meters. Just keep doing that. The second thing is, big challenges are always a game in your mind. Full stop. As the Navy SEALs say, you are capable of 20 times more than you think. And as I hit the 5k mark— my previous apprehension just 2 weeks ago— it suddenly was easy because my new goal was now 7.5km. I actually grinned as I hit that milestone. I find that life doesn’t limit us. I think we often limit ourselves. The trick is to show up, even when it’s cold, dark, wet, and even a little scary. #ificanyoucan, #commitment #fitness #fit #fitnessmotivation #hardwork #motivation #success #getoutthere #beyourawesome @tappersciences.