Welcome to the Freak Show
It’s become a bit of an ongoing joke at the office, but for the last couple of weeks I’ve been appearing from my weekends more battered and bruised than when I left on the Friday afternoon.
I couldn’t walk for 4 days after the Bat Run. My bum hurt for a couple of days after the CT Cycle Tour. Plus it didn’t help my cause when I came into the office with a hole in my hand after I went toppling over during a training run this weekend.
Maybe I should be like Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon) and realise that I’m too old for this shit.
I’ve even had some of my colleagues come up to me and have concerned heart-to-hearts about how they are worried that I’m doing all these crazy races and swimming in the Ocean etc. Bless their hearts 🙂
A few people have started calling me Tarzan – apparently my antics out in the bush have associated a wild man guise to me. I won’t lie I actually dig the nickname 🙂
Let’s be honest. This isn’t normal to most people. But, I’m by no means close to stopping – there are bigger and more extreme challenges out there.
It’s not that I’m a masochist or that I’m doing this for some public recognition.
I do it for me. I do these things because right now it’s how I want to live my life – like I’m on one big adventure.
Reebok puts it quite eloquently in this video:
In the immortalised words of our very own Trail Bokkie, Wafiq when he was asked, “Why do you guys train so hard?”:
We train hard because life is tough… and we need to be tougher
So as the sun sets on my 20s, I’m proud to be a part of the Freak Show and challenge what I think is normal.
Let’s do this!
If you are a member of the Freak Show feel free to share your thoughts on why you train in the comments section below.