Notice how I’ve never done a triathlon as an Experiment? Or channel swimming? Or deep sea cave spelunking diving?
While I’m really good at pushing myself to try new things, I lean towards trying new things that I think are fun.
And also, if you look at my list, things that don’t involve swimming. We’ve gone over why I don’t like to swim. Short story: I can do it. It’s fine. I hate being wet and cold.
This reticence may not be a bad thing – I’m sure there is an excellent evolutionary reason that I am mortally afraid of deep caves under water – but sometimes my fears keep me from trying something I might really enjoy.
Best case scenario: I find a new adventure to love! Worst case scenario: I get good blog fodder!
And mud up my nose . . . because I am officially training to do my first mud run/obstacle course! It’s called Warrior Dash and it is described as “a mud-crawling, fire-leaping, extreme 5k run from hell.” Well good, because while swimming is not on my list o’ fun, hell totally is.
No seriously though I’m really excited about this. Which is weird because it does look like there is a lot of swimming through mud involved, and if there’s anything I dislike more than being wet and cold it’s being wet, filthy, and cold.
But! I get to climb a big wall (love climbing!), rappel down a cliff (LOVE rappelling!), run through a pile of wrecked cars (love tetanus! Kidding! I just love tetanus shots, one of which I will be sure to get beforehand!) and even jump over a fire (but my hair will be wet so it won’t singe!). Oh and there will be a lot of other crazy people involved which really is my definition of a good time:)
In the remaining time between now and the Dash, while I’ll still be doing different Fitness Experiments I’m going to focus on training to increase my agility, grip strength, sprinting and upper body strength. Oh and my ability to tolerate ick. To help me in my training goals, I’m partnering with Under Armour and their “What’s Beautiful” campaign. This is awesome for three reasons:
1) This is Under Armour! What says modern day warrior better than Under Armour?! It’s actually a part of their name! I’ve long loved their clothes for their durability and versatility (best base layers ever) so I’m excited to put them through some serious work.
2) The What’s Beautiful campaign is all about what we women can do and not about how we look. On their site you see stories from women working to finish a race like me but there’s also a woman aiming for her black belt in karate, a mom determined to “come back from a c-section and a herniated disk” and even one girl who wants to “respect myself and my family.”
Sometimes you see a woman and think wow, she’s beautiful! but sometimes you see what a woman can do and are blown away by a beauty that you hadn’t recognized before.
3. I get to wear cute stuff like these slash capris:
And you know how I love my penguin feet shoes and I don’t own any turquoise ones yet so these Charge RC Storms will be perfecto! Of course Under Armour doesn’t want you to be left out of the fun either so you can declare your own personal challenge on their What’s Beautiful site now and enter their competition, where you can win almost $1000 in Under Armour gear!
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