Saturday, September 18, 2010

Breaking Out Of The Comfort Zone

The title says it all. I've stepped out of my comfort zone both on the job and training/racing front. I highly recommend it.

After 7 years, I left my public relations/marketing job to work as a research editor for an investment bank. I'm a bit overwhelmed and there is a learning curve, but I'm thrilled to have this job. For the first time in years, I actually enjoy getting up each day for work.

On the training side, I decided it was time for me to try to ride with people faster than me again. No more riding solo. I found a great group that I can barely keep up with...really I suck wheel the whole ride. However, it's fun and it's making me stronger.

And, what I consider a HUGE comfort zone breaker...I raced a duathlon last weekend. I've always stayed away from races that didn't involve swimming (my only strength), but a bunch of my new friends were doing it, so I reluctantly signed up. It was hot and painful but I won my age group, and even better...in my first race since hip surgery, the hip was pain free. Yay!

This weekend I'm headed down to the Bayou to race...should be an experience.

6 comments:

beth said...

MARY! so exciting. congrats on an awesome comeback. i really want to catch up soon- when's your next visit to SD? xoxox,b

Jennifer Yake Neuschwander said...

Yeah !!!! Congrats. You are so positive and talented.

Ryan Denner said...

Hey Mary,

In the weird world that is internet surfing, I was reading an old blog post of mine (http://tntsdhrdenner.blogspot.com/2010/01/counter-balance.html) that you commented on. I clicked your profile, and sure enough, I read about how you are out of the comfort zone. A little eery, but very cool nonetheless! Hope your life in the big easy is going well!

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Coach Joe said...

Love this! Doing something everyday that scares you is great way to make anything possible. Thanks for posting and enjoy the new job and new ride group.