Tough…

So… I completed my first Tough Mudder, and it won’t be the last, even if I did get 2 fractured ribs from it. All worth it, no pain no gain and all for a good cause. #mentalhealth

 

What an absolutely amazing experience, life changing and I’m so proud of myself. 11 months ago I would have never thought to complete such a course and would never have put my life in the hands of strangers. Now during my health and fitness journey it’s all about challenging myself, pushing myself, trying new things and achieving something new. Well Tough Mudder what an achievement.

On the day I was so nervous. I even got a bit teary during the rev up before we started. Would I be able to complete the entire 20km? Would I be able to complete all 23 obstacles? Would I fail any? Was my muscle strength and endurance at a high enough level? Had I prepared and trained enough for it? Was I mentally strong enough? Well I completed the entire course in 3.5 hours without fail and having helped so many other men and women, boys and girls along the way. Some obstacles were harder than others and the gaps between made for a lot of running, which actually didn’t bother me, I just wanted to push on, keep moving.

The adrenaline was pumping! I’d get to some obstacles and go right easy, lets do it and off we went. Other’s not so much. I’d look at the obstacle and say to myself, how the hell am I going to do that. This was in particular with the ones you had to tackle alone, no one was going to help you. But I got my mindset right, focused and said to myself I can and I will….and I did! Having in the back of your head why you were doing this and the charity I was raising money for (mental health) gave me the drive and there was no time to complain about anything. I got muddy, wet and bashed about, but the thrill in accomplishing each obstacle, one after the other and the long up hill, down hill runs gave me fuel and drive to keep moving.

I met a load of wonderful people along the way. High fives, hugs and just words of  encouragement and thanks for helping were shared. Strangers taking photo’s and video’s of us, while I randomly gave out my number for them to send it too. Just a wonderful environment to be in. Strangers helping one another for nothing in return. So humbling.

The actual surroundings that we were all participating on, Woodford QLD, just spectacular. Not only was there the enjoyment in doing the actual 20km obstacle circuit and sharing this experience with some amazing people but the views, the serenity was just beautiful. Not having your mobile or belongings with you, just yourself and the fresh open air. It was just breath taking! Even though I was all muddy, being pushed beyond my physical and mental limits, I also felt so relaxed and free, have never felt this at peace in all my life.

This was my first Tough Mudder and I will also complete the course in Melbourne later this year. I’ve made a commitment to myself to make the QLD Tough Mudder a yearly tradition. It was such a life changing experience for me and I’m humbled by the memory it has now given me. The power of exercise is pretty amazing. It can change your life… make you stronger, wiser, healthier, fitter, determined and at peace with who you are. It gives me a purpose and the progress is addictive… “Personal growth becomes addictive once you realise that it is always possible to improve your experience of being.”

Do  You.  For  You.  #doyouforyou

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