Gah, I can’t believe there’s only 7 days left until the real start of my crazy Tough Mudder challenge.
I’ve come a long way since I decided to do this back in October of last year. When I decided to do this, I really didn’t have much confidence in it. Confidence that 1. I wouldn’t be able to do it and 2. That it would take off.
Well, 6 months later and I’m pleasantly surprised. I’m now fully determined to do this. I’m committed to it now. I spend all my time thinking about this. It’s basically taken over me.
My training has been going pretty good. I’m as ready as I’m gonna get for these first two. The good thing is that after these two, I’ll know my weaknesses and what i need to work on. The only thing, I think, that is holding me back is my lungs. I’ve been smoke free for 17 months now but the damage was done. Trying to reverse the effects of 20 years of smoking will take more time and I do feel miles better than last year. At the end of the day, I’m not gonna make excuses or let it hold me back because even though they are damaged at least I’m whole. The charity that I’m doing this for helps people who have lost limbs and various other injuries to make a comeback and learn to have a life again. I’m proud to do this. It makes me feel good.
I’ve raised over £600 so far Help for Heroes. What’s great about that is that the events haven’t even started yet. I’m confident that once I get a few TM’s under my belt, and gain more exposure, then hopefully people will think this guys seriously gonna do this, and will be more inclined to donate. After all, this is the reason for the season.
So I’ve entered into a bit of a sponsorship deal with iON cameras. Basically, they’re going to give me a headcam to film all these events with. They want me to a sort of video diary throughout this challenge. Film bits of my training but mostly my thoughts and feelings coming up to each event and how I’m feeling afterwards. They want interview me before and after each one too. All this will be uploaded to the iON website and YouTube. Doing this will give me a lot more exposure to get my fundraising out there since they are the official sponsor of Tough Mudder. This is what the cameras look like. Really cool, slim and lightweight. It’s all one piece, so you don’t need a protective case like other cameras. It’s 1080p and 720p.
Everybody keeps asking if I’m nervous. I don’t know. Maybe the scope of this hasn’t hit me yet or maybe I really am just a wee bit mental but I’m not really nervous. I’m definitely excited and ready for this to finally start. I’ve been waiting 6 months. I guess I’m a bit nervous about Sunday if anything. I remember how sore I was last year after TM. I think I’m more prepared for it this year though. I figure that I’ll definitely be sore and tight but after about 45 minutes or an hour, I’ll loosen up and be alright. Monday? Fuhgetaboutit…. I’m not leaving my bed. I’ll do some video editing and uploading and blog posting but that’s it. Maybe order myself a large Dominos pizza. I think I’ll have deserved it.
Oh snap, time to go. Gotta get off the bus. Well, you probably won’t hear from me until after the events. So until then, be well.