Decision Time

Saturday, September 29, 2012

It's time to make a very tough decision. I'm working on overcoming a huge fear of water and I've reached a difficult point. I can now get in the water without breaking out in hives. I can do an ugly backstroke and an even uglier breaststroke as long as my head stays above water. I can even put my head under water as long as I'm holding my nose (I have goggles on since I wear contacts).

I still experience panic if I get water in my nose or mouth. It's not even that I swallow any of the water - it's just the taste/smell/feel of water in my nose or mouth. My trainer has even offered to get into the water with me to help me. I have trained with him for a long time and he thinks that keeping eye contact with him as I do it will help me overcome this latest hurdle. I do have confidence that he won't let me drown and this type of repeated exposure to a tough situation has helped me work through things in the past.

My decision - do I accept that this is as far as I can go or do I try to push past this fear? I'm so proud of myself for getting in the water and even find at times during the backstroke that I ENJOY the feeling of gliding through the water.
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    I say take your trainer up on his offer. How else will you know whether your fear is as big an obstacle as you believe it is. Besides image how proud of yourself you will be to conquer the fear.

    I have question for you. I'm not being silly or sarcastic, but it's something that you need to think about. Do you wash your face in the shower? If you do, do you have a problem with water running down your face? If not why not? If "yes" how do you manage it? How is this different than being in a pool? Think about it.



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