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My Twitter friend, Greg Armamentos (@dashthebook), likes to tell me "you must do the things you think you cannot do" (Eleanor Roosevelt).
That was put to the test this past weekend.
A few weeks ago I found out that for my future-sister-in-law's bachelorette party, one of the activities we would be doing is going to Indianapolis' "Go Ape". Check out this video if you want a good visualization of what I was about to do:
Go Ape is a "Treetop adventure" in Indianapolis that includes zip lining, tarzan swinging and obstacle courses up in the trees. Go Ape promises to "unleash your inner Tarzan." I wasn't so sure my inner Tarzan wanted to come out... The zip lining required me to hit the ground running or if I came in backwards (which I did every time), keep your legs loose, allow your heels to slow you down, and get a backside of wood chips. Then there were 3-5 obstacles on each course (4 total, with one mini-get-you-ready-for-this course). On several, you have to travel from one block to another, I ended up doing some small splits - imagine "Buddy" from the "Elf" movie when he does the splits going up the escalator.
As my sister and I started calling it, we were all set to go "ape it up", but inside I was shaking. I had to give myself a big pep talk. I'm the "athlete", after all. I've run marathons, I've done open water swims (ok, just one this past Thursday, this has really been a big outdoor adventure week for me!). This is just one more adventure under my belt. The zip lining part I was ready for, the obstacles, not so much. I'm kind of a linear activity person. My hips and knees are not the best, so I do well going on a straight plane. These obstacles would have me moving in ways I wasn't so sure about.
As it turned out, ape-ing, was quite fun. For sure, the hardest workout I've ever had! My neck muscles are still a little sore! But I'm glad I went out of my comfort zone and tried something new.
Not all new adventures turn out positively. But, I'm glad that I tried it. I think it's good that I felt nervous about something but I did it. I didn't know if I could do this. I didn't know how it would turn out. But I "dared greatly". Now excuse me, I need to go ice down my body.