Ranger Kathryn's Arches

September 3, 2011

Do what you haven’t done before (reprise)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 10:36 am
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Kathryn on a new conveyance in a new place. She likes that.

I’m a fan of cross-training. In my case, however, it’s not the “swimming in order to improve endurance in running” variety. No, I’m talking about my deepening belief that if you undertake endeavors that you’ve never done before, it helps you successfully meet the NEXT new thing that you’ve not faced before. Today’s photo: there I am, biking through the Gravelly Range in Montana on a mountain bike (that’s TWO new things!) just a couple of weeks before leading my first ranger tour through Arches National Park’s “Fiery Furnace.” Finding out that I could muscle through the first one increased my confidence to tackle the second one, even though they are very different things.

How about you? Have you any experiences that would support this concept? Leave a comment.


  1. Running a marathon helped me to get through one really difficult portage in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness while experiencing some body pains from a medical condition that is yet to be completely determined. I just kept saying, “you ran 26 miles, you can do this, too. So I would agree, keep doing new things, challenge yourself and it will help you accomplish (endure) that other new thing.

    Comment by Linda Driessen — September 3, 2011 @ 9:13 pm | Reply

  2. Am-so-tively poso-lutely!
    Striking out on your own to do something completely new takes courage – and perhaps a bit of foresight – but not too much. You do want to be surprised!
    The beauty is that when you’re done, whether you say, “Once is enough” or whether you say, “I have to do that again “, you have learned something about yourself – and isn’t that is what it’s all about?

    Comment by leroqueleroque — September 4, 2011 @ 9:00 pm | Reply

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