My palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy. There’s vomit on my sweater already – it’s Mum’s spaghetti (to be honest I’ve never been a huge fan of it anyway. Sorry Mum). I’m nervous, but on the surface I look calm and ready to drop bombs, but I keep on forgetting what I wrote last week. I have a surprisingly short memory when I feel like a nervous wreck.

The countdown is on. I’m two sleeps away from total obstacle domination (or total disaster – we’ll find out either way). I’m road tripping to Canberra tomorrow, the playlist is sorted, strapping tape purchased, and I’m as ready as I’ll ever be. My friend, Ez, will be taking on the course with me and she’s everything you’d ever want in a partner in crime – hilarious, supportive and non-judgemental. Plus she has ant-like qualities and lifts more than her own bodyweight, which will definitely come in handy.

One minute I’m beyond excited, and the next I feel nauseous. How do you channel the nerves when your body is responding with profuse sweating, light-headedness, snort-laughter and a constant urge to visit the bathroom?!

My dad, the Swedish soccer legend he is, has always said that being nervous is a great thing. It means you care. Nerves are the body’s way of channelling your inner courage to launch you into the situation, armed and on high alert – which is a great thing when you know how to deal with it. But if you’re like me and spit out awkward, random (and sometimes inappropriate) words when put in a new social situation, nerves can be paralysing.

My advice (which is in no way educated) is to learn to accept the nerves. Embrace the profuse sweating and snort-laughter in their entirety. It’s a rush of excitement, the unknown, and the last few moments (or in my case, days) of uncertainty mixed with belief before the adventure begins.

According to Eminem I’m supposed to own it, so I’ll report back next week (if I make it through), otherwise I’ll head on back to 8 Mile. We’ll also be taking the trusty GoPro through the course too, so you’re in for a treat!

Below I’ve listed a last-minute workout to try before the big day – just remember to get enough rest in before the event.

Miss Muddy Canberra, COME AT ME!

Tears shed: 24
Hours of training: 10
Band-Aids used: 6
Hours spent procrastinating (dreaming of Thor) instead of training: 4
Days till event: 2

GOTG Mud Session 3

After warming up, complete each of the following exercises consecutively for 3 rounds 21 – 15 – 9:

  • Chest-to-floor burpees
  • Jump squats
  • Push-ups
  • Curtsy lunge (each side)
  • Bench dips
  • Double crunches

Round 1: 21 reps of each exercise
(rest for 45 seconds)
Round 2: 15 reps of each exercise
(rest for 45 seconds)
Round 3: 9 reps of each exercise
(cool down)