"Great things never came from comfort zones" or so the saying goes. This is something that took me a while to learn. For years I played it safe with running and triathlon. I never ventured too far out of my comfort zone. I did the same thing day and day out and wondered why things never changed. I had always thought I could do better but never really pushed myself too hard. Hard work made me uncomfortable. I was happy being comfortable so I got complacent in my ways.
Sometimes it takes a low point in your life for you to decide to make a change. To stop being complacent and take that first step outside your comfort zone. That low point happened 7 years ago when G and I tried to start a family. I had stage 4 endometriosis which had ravaged my reproductive organs. The chances of my body ever supporting life were slim. Long story short, after 2 years of trying the fun way and via IVF, we threw in the towel. It was a heartbreaking decision.
In the months following, I lost myself in my running. Running and physical activity in general, had taken a back seat while all of that was going on. Now, it became my solace. A poorly executed attempt at a second B.Q came a few months later. That's when I finally said Fuck It. It's time for a change. I had to stop being complacent.
When life hands you lemons, turn around and make lemon-aid right?
I decided to change things up. I NEEDED to change things up. I joined a running club and took those first steps outside my comfort zone. I hit the gym and actually started lifting weights again. I lost 20 lbs and got that B.Q I had wanted. I decided I wanted to get back into triathlons again and tackled a half ironman. I've raced my butt off every summer since then. I've learned that getting better requires hard work and a lot of time spent outside my comfort zones. Complacency won't get me closer to my goals. Every year I've tackled something that makes me uncomfortable in the quest to be a better athlete.
I could never have imagined the friendships and the successes that have come because I decided to take that first step. It's filled me with a confidence and passion that I never realized I had. Complacency has no place in my life any more but without it, I wouldn't be where I am today.
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Has complacency changed you?