Having survived them, I totally appreciate why we had to do them. Having been pushed to my physical limits and beyond, I feel there is nothing now that I cannot do....or at least attempt.
About 3k into our 5k run last Saturday, I felt really tired and thought
"I don't know if I can do this".
Then I said
"Hold on a minute. I pulled a fire truck, of course I can do this."
Later in the week I was going for my run. I looked out and it had started to rain.
Good old Irish weather.
The old me would have said
"Oh feck, it's raining. I can't go out."
The new me said
"I jumped into the freezing water off Howth pier. A little bit of rain isn't going to harm me."
We were put into emergency situations, and for those 30 minutes they were real to us.
There are no words to describe how brilliant I felt when a challenge was complete!
I'm still glad I don't have to do any more of them!!!