Welcome to the Freak Show

Welcome to the Freak Show

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.

 

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I swear that tree root tripped me on purpose

 

Maybe I should be like Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon) and realise that I’m too old for this shit.

 

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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.

 

– Peace

Fareed

fareed@leavethecouch.com
8 Comments
  • Heloise

    March 25, 2015 at 11:16 am Reply

    The more scrapes and bruises I have on Monday, the better the weekend was! I love looking at my scraped knees, feeling the ache in my abs or quads, and knowing that I had an EXPERIENCE. I am not just an observer: watching sportsmen, chilling with popcorn with an action movie on, I am a do-er. A tree climbing, trail running, rock hopping, ocean diving, experience having citizen of this beautiful world.
    … Did I just write my own Trail Manifesto?

    • Fareed

      March 25, 2015 at 1:53 pm Reply

      That’s what I’m talking about!

      We can’t just be sitting there while the world passes us by. Dive in, I say!

      • Wafiq

        March 25, 2015 at 2:49 pm Reply

        dude you literally sprinting, swimming and jumping your way out of your twenties. Imagine what your thirties is going to be like? 40 in 40 at 40 is now only a matter of time.

        • Fareed

          March 25, 2015 at 2:57 pm Reply

          True hey. I don’t think I was doing this when I exited my teens…lol

          That 40 in 40 at 40 challenge is going to be epic (40 pull-ups in 40 seconds at 40yrs old) 🙂 It can be done. It will be!

  • gakeem

    March 25, 2015 at 3:14 pm Reply

    “Pain heals, chicks dig scars and glory lasts forever”

    • Fareed

      March 26, 2015 at 9:42 am Reply

      There needs to be a t-shirt with that on the front!

  • hempies

    April 1, 2015 at 9:30 am Reply

    The batrun sounds like a real challenge.
    well done, i think you’ve pushed your body to a point where you can be called a crossfit athlete.
    I’ll definitely join you next year for the batrun.

    • Fareed

      April 1, 2015 at 9:43 am Reply

      Yep, it was a crazy crazy race. I guess that’s what it’s all about.

      I’ll definitely see you out there next year 🙂

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