The weekend before last some friends and I participated in the Navy SEAL extreme challenge, located in Cosby, TN. Despite loving the outdoors and sports in general, this was my first “adventure race.” Adventure races have become popular in the last several years, and there are plenty to choose from. However, this one is rated the hardest 5K in the southeast. Inclines that you have to use climbing techniques to get through, declines so steep and slippery that you need to slide down, walking across logs, crawling under lines, wading through icy cold water, scaling climbing walls, etc.
It was FUN!
Why am I telling you this? To brag? Heck no – I didn’t win the race; I just finished it. But I have to tell you that it was an extremely rewarding experience that came with a great sense of accomplishment. When was the last time that you got out of your comfort zone and challenged yourself with something like that? For some of you, it was today. For others….well, you might have to think a while.
So get off your butt and live! Sign up for an adventure race, try a new sport, book some tickets to New Zealand, whatever. Is it possible you may get hurt? Yep. Are you going to look back one day and wish you had stayed home? Probably not.
Please leave comments. I would love for you to share your experience on how you got out of your comfort zone and what you got out of it.