Adam and I after our first triathlon- Please excuse the sick picture
My bloggy friend was posting about a trip that she and her husband had taken and all the memories (good & bad) that they'd created. I commented that traveling with your spouse, I believe, is one of the best forms of relationship therapy. Especially bad traveling with annoyances and discomfort! Get all them frustrations out, girl! You definitely learn a lot about yourself and each other.
The best relationship therapy that Adam and I have had, though, was training for triathlons together. Oh my stars. For some reason, intense physical exertion is directly linked to floodgates of emotions and feelings and issues for me. Poor Husband. Adam and I did a triathlon together when we were dating (2005) and one when we were first married (2006). Adam could tell you some stories about my running melt-downs (running and weeping at the same time...not so easy!) including a small breakdown during the running segment of our first triathlon where I should've won an Oscar for my dramatic hyperventilating breathing and then accusing Adam of not even caring!
I have such a patient husband.
Besides the fact that physical exertion appears to be the gateway to my deep-hidden emotion, issues, and insecurities, I think that these hours of training provided us with lots of time for talking...getting to know each other on more intimate levels. Even now that I'm 35 weeks pregnant and not exactly a hard-core workout machine, one of my favorite things is still to go on walks with Adam & Powers. It's incredible all of the things that we discuss when we're not distracted at the house and, instead, just focused on walking and talking and each other. It's the best connect time.
In your experience, what do you think is the best relationship therapy?