Those of you who follow my life might know that I only learned to swim about two years ago. I am part of a triathlon training program and we meet twice a week at 6 am for swim workouts (and two more times a week at 6 am for spinning and running). A few weeks ago our swim instructor decided to mix things up and instead of getting into the pool at the shallow end, where we tend to hang out and chat in between lengths, she decided we would now start in the deep end - she is a slave-driver!! When I walked onto the pool deck that morning and saw what our instructor had up her sleeve I almost had a panic attack. I had no idea how I would get into the deep end without looking like a fool! I watched as my fellow team members dived or jumped in and I just waited until everyone started swimming and then I slowly lowered myself in along the wall. What a wimp I was! I told myself I would have to learn how to jump in and one morning I announced out loud that I would be doing it that day.
So I stood at the side of the pool and fought the panic as it threatened to send me into a full blown panic attack. All my optimistic team-mates left to get on with their day and I was still standing there. The swim instructor left and I was still standing there. Twenty-five minutes later it was just me and one encouraging lifeguard left on the pool deck. I looked at the time and realized I had 5 minutes left before I would be kicked out and I thought it was now or never. So with a few more encouraging words from lifeguard Jaclyn, I went for it. It wasn't horrible, in fact, it was fun. I got out and did it again. And again and again! I hugged Jaclyn and went home and announced my success to my teammates on facebook! I was so proud of myself. So about a week later I decided to try diving and did it too!!
Today I thanked my teammates for all of their encouragement with cookies - splash cookies!! There is something so special about our group, so many happy and encouraging friends to meet with multiple times a week. Our instructor got the role of "cookie pimp", handing out the cookies to each team member as they were leaving and she was as good at that as she is at kicking our butts in the pool!