Monday, August 30, 2010

You Might As Well Jump

Tonight’s conversation:

Ken: So, when are you going to jump out of a plane with me?

Me: Well, ummm, don’t we have to give a lot of notice?

Ken: No. Just a week or so.

Me (sighing in a big way): Okay, dammit. You suck. Let’s pick a weekend.

Depending on whether you’re new or not to Shut Up and Run, you may remember that for our 15th anniversary in June Ken gave us both a tandem skydiving jump (also the same night a bat jumped into my crotch). Thing is, I thought I might get out of this. I mean – Dean Karnazes and skydiving and gum surgery all in one month? Holy crap my pants.

But, I made a promise. And it’s paid for. And there is a video waiting to be shot of me jumping from 15,000 feet, so I guess it needs to happen. I will wear a Depends under my skydiving outfit because who knows what’s going to squirt out in fear.

Two airplanes maybe? Just so we don’t leave the kids orphaned? That way if Ken goes first and *splats* or the plane crashes I just won’t do it. The kids will still have one parent. See how considerate I am?

What are you doing this month to step outside of your comfort zone?

Of all the people I have ever known, those who have pursued their dreams and failed have lived a much more fulfilling life than those who have put their dreams on a shelf for fear of failure.  ~Author Unknown

I guess skydiving might be the one thing you don’t want to “fail” at.

28 comments:

  1. Running a marathon...in October, but close enough! Good luck with the jump...it will be AMAZING!!

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  2. You're going to have so much fun! My sister did it and absolutely loved it! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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  3. Not sure what counts for stepping outside of my comfort zone this month...but pretty sure that starting my marathon training might count. Or doing my 4th half-marathon of the year. Or doing another sprint tri.

    But none of that compares to the major leakage I would have if I jumped out of a plane. ;)

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  4. that is one thing i can pretty much guarantee i will never do :) cant wait to read about the adventure!!

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  5. If you do this I will commit to you a polar plunge in February and then a tattoo. I meant it. u can u will u must.

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  6. I couldn't jump out of a plane. Heck, I have trouble running over bridges.
    But, this sounds like something that you will find exhilarating. Have fun with it.

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  7. My friend did this in Vegas a few months ago, and actually *passed out* on the way down. I'm not kidding - there's video evidence, and it's very entertaining (thanks to the Professional strapped to his back)!

    Anyway...this is an awesome adventure for you two! If we are still considering "this month" to be August - I'll go ahead and say that packing up and moving across the country (w/o jobs, at the time) with the bf was slightly out of the Comfort zone...but couldn't be happier that we're here ;)

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  8. I have been 4 times. It was years ago and a static line jump so only like 2 seconds of freefall before the line from me to the plane deployed my chute but it was amazing and 4000 feet is still pretty darn high.

    I got to hang onto the wing of the plane while the pilot took my picture :)

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  9. i love that quote. and the fact that you're going skydiving. my roomie went last month and LOVED it.

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  10. What am I doing outside my comfort zone? Going to visit relatives...

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  11. I went skydiving a couple years ago and LOVED it! Stepping out of my comfort zone - this whole first marathon training bit would probably be it!

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  12. Girl, you still haven't jumped outta that plane yet? Get a going! Hehe.
    I bet it will be exilerating (sp?), damn scary, but yet again an awesome experience.
    I've cut back on the wine. That's what I'm doing outside of my comfort zone. All in the name of this damn marathon.
    BTW-in reference to your last post, I stood there in awe looking at those flushable porta potties. Best invention ever.

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  13. Ah...I was this close to asking about when this jump was going to happen? Can't wait to see the video!! Outside my comfort zone is definitely training for my first marathon :)

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  14. i've been wanting to do this but i think i'm too chicken shit. maybe you can convince me with your post of how it went.

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  15. Be prepared for a pure stream of adrenaline and exhiliration. Closest I've gotten is tandem hanggliding. Getting towed up behind an Ultralight (yeah, google that one) to one mile above the earth, then cut loose to glide down. It was amazing. Of course, we had the hangglider and the parachutes. Not to freak you out or anything.

    Tandem skydiving is on the Bucket List. I will go, oh yes, if only because my brother didn't get the chance and always wanted to.

    Run on.

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  16. I was supposed to do a solo jump a long, long time ago, but the woman who talked me into it jumped the week before I was scheduled and broke her ankle on landing - and I figured she was better prepared than I was, so I chickened out. Never did a tandem jump, because I've spent my life trying to not have guys spoon me while moving 60 miles an hour.

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  17. I've always wanted to go skydiving!

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  18. I was wondering when you were going to take the plunge! I'd be sooo nervous, although it IS on my bucket list. GOOD LUCK! Can't wait to hear about it.

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  19. I love skydiving! I would love to do it again sometime. For now, I guess I'll stick to the marathon, that is new and "uncomfortable" for me. :)

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  20. Doing my first Half Marathon on October.
    Thanks for always encouraging us!

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  21. SOOOOOO jealous!!! i want to jump out of a plane!!!!!! i cant wait to see pics/video!

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  22. i would LOVE to jump out of a plane!! but my dad, i mean Ryan, would never allow it!! lol

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  23. This is soooooooooooooooooooo on my things I must do before I wear diapers.

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  24. The only time in my adult life I thought I might actually have a heart attack was jumping out of a plane on my 33rd birthday. And let me just say, I was incredibly happy to be alive after that! It is still with me more than a year later. It is worth the abject terror, I promise.

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  25. Good luck with that one. I'd double up on the depends. The body will be generating a lot of nervous s_ _ _ while you look out at the ground below.
    On a positive note, there are most likely less fatal accidents skydiving than from driving a car. :) (did that help?!)

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  26. "What are you doing this month to step outside of your comfort zone?"

    Easy, lol, acting like I have one leg only.

    I don't think I'll ever sky dive. That's just TOOO balsy for me. What was that post about not being badass enough? HAHA!

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  27. Amazing...Wishing you luck..More fun and adventures.

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