Earlier in the year one of Michaels friends (Kirky) came up with the bright idea of all entering the Tough Bloke Challenge on the 2nd July. There were seven of us crazy enough to think this would be fun. However as the date loomed I was starting to think it was not my smartest decision with only a few casual runs over the previous months I got stuck into the gym for four weeks and prayed I would be "tough" enough to keep up with the boys.
The Tough Bloke Challenge was set in a scout camp down in Appin. An hour or so drive from where we live. It was a 6km bush track with 19 obsticles spaced in the run. The obsticles included basics like log hopping and flying foxes to the cold and dirty mud pool which left you 5 killos heavier afterwards to the one that challenged your mental capacity (for me the toughest) the 5 metre long narrow (even by a small persons standards) drainage pipe with little bit of stinky water in the bottom of it (it of course had been raining all week) and the deeper cold stinky pool covered in netting so you had to crouch along under it. I survived and even enjoyed it so much so we want to do it all again next year. My legs are still wearing the memento of a nasty scab caused by quite severe rope burn from the last obsticle but all and all an awesome day!!