I did the hardest thing I’ve ever done!

It’s been a very long time since I’ve blogged. But I did an event called Titan Mob.

Hardest thing I’ve ever done. Simply put. I still can’t believe I did it.

Saturday was the Titan Mob that I signed up for on a whim. I kept telling myself I have plenty of time to train. It’s end of August. I got this. I ended up going in pretty much not ready at all for the challenge. I really thought maybe I would back out. But then Julie, the owner of Orange Theory Fitness signed up to do it with me. I couldn’t let her down. So I showed up on Saturday.

I will be brutally honest and say I don’t know if I would have finished if Julie hadn’t been by my side pushing me every step of the way. There were obstacles that I didn’t even attempt. I did not want to injure myself. I saw Jamie, the organizer of Titan Mob right when I arrived, and she told me that the course was very slick. She told me I would need to be patient and not get frustrated. I didn’t know what this meant until I was on the course.

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These are pictures my husband took of me at the first set of obstacles. We had to go thru 3 muddy slopes into water, climb out and move on. I wasn’t able to jog like I wanted, as the obstacles really winded me. I know Julie stayed by my side, when she really could have moved on ahead of me. There were some obstacles I just didn’t do. Some very high walls were avoided, and a really steep muddy hill where you climbed up on a rope. I think this one was closed later as it got really difficult to manage.  I also avoided the rock climbing walls and took the penalty of burpees instead.

But I flipped a tire. I climbed thru sewage drains (they were clean) and muddy tunnels. I crossed creek beds in water that was chest high and freezing. I attempted the monkey bars. I did fall, but hey, I tried. I climbed up a small hill using a rope, and actually got myself up top with no help.

A surprise to me, was the camaraderie among participants. Someone would pass you on the running path and say ‘you are doing great, keep it up’, or look back and ask if you needed help getting out of a creak bed. I was trying to get out of the creek and up onto a muddy bank, that was waist high. A guy came up behind me and offered to help me out. It was such a great feeling! Nobody looked at you like ‘there is no way you can do this.’ Exactly the opposite. You got credit for being there. For being muddy. And trying.

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This was a picture of Julie and I as we finished the race. We were covered in mud, but the last obstacle is a giant slide, than dumped you in a pool of water. So we came out fairly clean. It took me just under 2 hours to complete this Titan Mob. But for me, it wasn’t about the time. It was about finishing it.

Afterwards at the car, I peeled off my muddy clothes and wrapped up in a towel. As I was in the car, I slowly could feel my body start to ache. I went home and popped some Tylenol and rested. And then my family surprised me with this.

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It’s my bib and medal from the race. We will add a photo of me and put it up on the wall. When I got home I crawled in the shower and broke down in tears. A year ago I couldn’t have done this. I don’t think 4 months ago I could have done this. But I was so proud of myself for challenging myself and actually doing it. My family was very proud of me.

A few on my listeners were there encouraging me as well. Misty Kohrs, Brent Hommer and his wife, and Julie from Orange Theory Fitness. I couldn’t have done it without all the support.

Today I’m wearing my Titan Mob tshirt and telling everyone who will listen that ‘I Did This!’

Sunday I was very sore, but I knew I needed to get moving in some way to loosen up my muscles. So my daughter and I went to Raccoon River for a bike ride. A year ago I couldn’t have ridden a bike. But I did yesterday! I did the whole 3.2 miles.

Today is my 9 month checkup post surgery. And although the scale hasn’t moved since May, I am not letting that define my success. I wanted to be active, and I am. I am exercising 2-3 times a week at Orange Theory Fitness. (And loving it!!) And I’m walking and biking. I am seeing new changes in me everyday. And I’m not close to being done.

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