Feel the fear and do it anyway

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Susan Jeffers coined the phrase “Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway” and published a book in 1987, the year I started uni. Yes Mum, I know I’m getting old, but enough of that… The book passed me by, but you can’t escape knowing the catchphrase.

And yesterday, I did something truly scary.

I signed up with a triathlon club here in Brisbane.


I was fine at the time. I don’t know if it’s a gift or a curse, but I have the ability to completely switch off the reasoning part of my brain when I sign up for things. I think all thought processes are fully suspended. Well, apart from the bit that deals with “name”, “address”, “bank account details”.

And therein lies half the problem.

I was idling surfing Brisbane Triathlon Clubs on google, as you do, and found one that had a special offer on. Free membership until July. And I have no money, so BINGO!

A very deep non-conscious part of my brain knew I’ve reached a point of inertia with training at the moment, so I needed a jolt out of it. Probably why I was idly browsing triathlon clubs. I need a kick up the arse and something to physically make me accountable for showing up. Sometimes I lose the inner-ability to do it by myself. Well, more than sometimes.

And I like social settings. That’s why I enjoy taking part in running events. I like being in amongst it. And chatting. 😀

The bit of my brain that wasn’t working was the bit that deals with fear.

I wonder if it comes down to being British and living on the north-east coast. Near the North Sea. And being taken to the beach as a child and “encouraged” to go in for a swim. (I’m pretty sure it’s warmer in parts of Antarctica than it is in the North Sea). And yes, the initial getting in is the worst part. Because you lose ALL feeling within 2 seconds of being immersed in the sub-zero chill that is the North Sea in summer. “There, you see, what did I tell you. It’s not so bad is it?” And you can’t disagree.

Because your suddenly blue-tinted lips are frozen together and your teeth are rattling so hard that it’s impossible to make an actual sound….

And when the 3 warmer seasons of the year look like this…

…I guess you become – stoic.

And maybe it gives you the ability to switch off thinking momentarily…

But only momentarily…

BECAUSE FEAR!!! Because holy shit Batman!! I can’t swim, I can’t ride and I can barely run at the moment. And I know NO-ONE at my chosen club. What could possibly be terrifying about that scenario?

Oh well, it’s done now. I guess Thursday’s the day.

Wish me luck. xx


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  • Me on 19th April 2016

    You will absolutely smash this – you have it totally under control !!! I have all faith in you and your ability – good work !!! And a bonus free membership – woohooo !!!!

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      Jolly on 19th April 2016

      I love me a freebie. (Then I went for my physio session and he told me they work with the other (more expensive) club that I liked the look of… Doh!

  • Good luck with the running. I have just written a post about fear and over coming it. Good on you. #teamIBOT

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      Jolly on 19th April 2016

      Good luck with The Ripple Effect, Natalie. Sounds like an exciting new venture!

  • Deborah on 20th April 2016

    Oh that’s exciting and congratulations on signing up for the triathlon. I know some bloggy friends who are runners (Char from and others who’ve had to move into other forms of exercise because of illness etc and they’ve found it beneficial!

    I’m sure you’ll do fabulously well and well done!

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      Jolly on 20th April 2016

      Thanks Deborah. I’m a big mix of excited and scared right now. But I know it will less daunting once I’ve turned up and said hello the first time. 😊

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      Jolly on 25th April 2016

      Thanks for the link to Char’s blog, by the way. Loved it!! xx

  • Denyse Whelan on 21st April 2016

    OK…let me guess…you say you cant swim but you can a little bit…and you can run, we know the bike goes that? Isn’t it said every triathlon person has a preferred part..So, you will be OK? I am reading that fear book as well as a million other things like it so I will be cheering you! Denyse xx

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      Jolly on 21st April 2016

      It’s true Denyse – I can swim. Breaststroke is far easier for me than freestyle currently, but I’m working on it. And it’s reminded me that I love being in the water! So that’s a win. And I have started spin class once a week. I actually think running will be my least favourite eventually, because I never cease to find it hard. Even though, perversely, I love it. We’ll see. I’m excited for a new adventure!! 😊

  • EssentiallyJess on 21st April 2016

    Good luck! Can’t wait to hear how you go!
    And there’s no way I think I would swim in the North Sea. Parts of the ocean down here are cold enough in summer!

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      Jolly on 22nd April 2016

      I’m pretty sure my parents weren’t sadists!! But I have to say, I’ve gone soft, because I’ve tried getting in the sea at Middleton and got out because it was “too cold”!! Ha. I’m going to have to hope the Pacific is kind, as I am going to be getting acquainted if this triathlon lark continues much further!?! 😀

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