Over the course of the last few years, I must have sustained some sort of permanent brain damage. Why else have I just committed to “ploughing through thick scrub, overcome thigh crunching mud and navigating my way through unrelenting bush, all the while conquering our most hardcore obstacle course set ever to hit Australia”. That's right folks, it's Tough Mudder time and this is the first race of the season. It’s also my first (and likely my only) Tough Mudder, so I’m going to give it my all.
Why, is the question most likely forming on your lips? Why would I want to undertake this challenge when I could just as easily have a quiet Saturday lie-in followed up by a leisurely brunch (hahahaha - with three little munchkins, as if! – but I can dream on).
The answer is… I’m not entirely sure. I think par t of the reason lies in the fact that it’s not just merely a physical challenge (and by that I mean an extremely daunting one that is not likely to become less daunting in the future). It’s also going to require a fair bit of mental resilience in order to get myself through such obstacles as the "Boa Constrictor", "Electic Eel" and the infamous and ominous “Arctic Enema”. The more I read about it, the more "MS-ochistic" the whole thing sounds. Eeeshk. What have I signed up for!
Furthermore, I very much suspect it will represent the pinnacle of my sporting achievements (especially given my hobbit-like physique – the roll of the genetic dice determined that I was never a likely candidate for Sydney 2000). Many moons (and three children) ago, I did the odd half-marathon, but even those pale in comparison to the physical undertaking that the Tough Mudder represents.
Finally, it also represents an opportunity for me to give back to an organisation that has helped me immensely over the last several months. I have very much valued the support of Fran, my wonderful Regional Services Coordinator, her colleague Marg who orchestrated a fantastic seminar on Employment, Shontiele who advertised this website in newsletters and Simon who has been tremendously helpful getting the Tough Mudder gig off the ground. I'd also like to give a big shout out to the partner organisation MS Australia, in particular Lauren, who patiently responds to all my newbie blogger questions. To all these folk, as well as all the others at MS Queensland & MS Australia that I have yet to meet, I am deeply appreciative of all your tireless efforts. A big thank you!
If you would like to support Team MS ("The MS-ochists"), you can donate online here.
Muddy feet image: https://pixabay.com/en/photos/mud/