Last weekend the Bear Fitness team took on the Nuts Challenge, a 5km 'out-and-out obstacle course' - and with 100 different challenges to face, it certainly was that! Being fitter than most people (it's our job!) we had assumed the course wouldn't be that hard - I mean, it's only 5km after all. Well...we couldn't have been more wrong.
Our team was made up of 2 men and 2 women, and writing as one of the women in the group I can honestly say I struggled - not the whole way round, but there were a number of obstacles that, without our two strapping young men, I’m not entirely sure we would have been able to complete with as much speed and gusto. I don’t know about you but 5km takes me anywhere between 23 minutes and 25 minutes depending on factors such as how I'm feeling on the day, terrain etc. The 5km we faced at the weekend took us a whopping 1 hour and 19 minutes, and I was going as fast as I possibly could. Even though there were parts of the course that were solely running (a forté of mine) there is just no way I could have run any faster.
The course itself was great on the whole; the only aspect I could fault was that there weren't as many marshals around as I feel the course needed. Perhaps that's because they simply didn't have the man power, or perhaps they all nipped to the loo as we came storming round!
The whole event itself really did ground me somewhat - although not as much as one member of the team who took the most royal tumble - as at certain points I felt weak and out of breath, which is a feeling I haven't had for a long time (or have, at least, managed to forget!) It was great to mix up our training and when battling against nature itself there is no time you feel so small and insignificant. But once you're finished, and you're warm and showered, the sense of achievement is much more satisfying than the majority of sessions I have in the gym. I would wholeheartedly recommend the Nuts Challenge, and can’t wait to give it another go next year.