Are you like me: completely stressed out while in the waiting room, at the dentist’s office?
Tuesday, 10:00 am, Dr. Leblanc’s office, Mont-Tremblant, Canada.
“Please, have a seat Mari-jo ; Dr. Leblanc is running a few minutes late.”
Remember how nerve wracking that wait can be? Just the thought of having to sit in that chair, trying to keep my mouth open gives me sweaty palms.
The noises, the smell, the music. Beurk! Hate it all! Bad memories. Scary. Definitely out of my comfort zone.
I picked one that I knew I had at home: July 2008. Somehow, just holding the magazine gave me some strength. Like seeing a friend when alone and lost in a crowd. I could feel my heartbeat going nuts already. But, as I turned the pages, it quickly slowed down. Even found myself smiling at Team Slipstream Chipotle’s add: French cuisine is fine but we prefer burritos.
I tried to picture myself before a competition, focusing on key words, not letting stress get to me. Words I could relate to, that would reassure me:
Argyle- SpeedPlay- refuel- Wilier- Izoard- climb- ritual- adversity.
Then, I closed the magazine and tried to repeat those 8 words. Focusing only on that task. No scary drill sounds. No weird smells. Away from it all, in a confort zone again. Familiar words. Friendly words. My own cycling world where I feel strong and confident.
“Mari-jo? I’m ready for you!”
Oh, back to reality! I got up, smiled at her and took the magazine with me…