Dodge The Bullet

To be honest, I was just too consumed by nervous tension to publish anything yesterday.  Since 0500hrs Tuesday the jury has been out…deciding the fate of the World’s Toughest Mudder event itself!  While we all witnessed the carnage of Hurricane Sandy, there was no shortage of collective assumption that our much anticipated event would be safe from interference.  “Assumption?” I hear you scream?  Yes, I nearly fell victim to one of my own favourite sayings….’Assumption is the mother of all f*ck-ups.’

Here’s an excerpt from the email I received from the Tough Mudder Director of Communications:

Hi Simon,

Thanks for your note, and my apologies for the delay. I live in Hoboken, and while my apartment was fine, the town was hit quite hard. We were without service and are just (sort of!) getting back to normal. We really appreciate your support. The people in this area are tough as nails, but it’s been pretty devastating. 
We have a team on the ground today to assess Raceway Park; our obstacles weathered the storm quite well, and it’s now a matter of insuring we have the power/electricity needed. We’ll be sending out an email this afternoon with the final say. I appreciate that there are a number of you traveling quite far for this event, so we’ll get that out as soon as we have a confirmation. 
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If they pulled the pin on the New York Marathon 4hrs from the starters gun, then we could well be looking down the barrel ourselves very soon. I immediately shared this with a strong FaceBook community to instil widespread panic.  Share the love, I say.
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This afternoon, we finally received word…although not really in the way you would have hoped for.  With that much at stake, you shouldn’t be having to hunt down the answer via social media featuring a screenshot of an SMS message on another competitor’s phone…yes, an email to all entrants might have been a tad more professional but hey, they could be going through god knows what over there, and most importantly the message is gold…
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Marcelle and I did have a contingency plan to volunteer for Red Cross in New Jersey on the weekend of the event, but we’re both EXTREMELY relieved that the race is still going ahead… more so Marcelle as I would not have been the best person to be around for a little while…not to mention facing some serious dollars for the excess baggage charges applied to my bottom lip.
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Grandad & Grandson

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So, with that melodrama behind us, it’s been a good week so far…We celebrated my old man’s 60th birthday on Monday night with a gathering of family and friends around a massive table in a private dining room, courtesy of Collins Kitchen, Grand Hyatt Melbourne.  Fantastic food, service, company and atmosphere.  This was followed up with a sequel the following night!…another group of us sharing in a banquet at ChinChin.
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Today, dad enjoyed his birthday present…a 14,000ft skydive with touchdown on St. Kilda beach.  Definitely squaring away a bungee jump for his 70th though.
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TAPERED TRAINING
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Conditioning
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For time, complete 5 rounds of Run 500m (2° incline), 15x strict Kettlebell swings 24.0kg, 10x Single kettlebell squat clean 24.0kg
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then…
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Complete 5 rounds of Run 500m (2° incline), 10 Weighted 45° incline sit-ups 20.0kg, 10x Reverse back extension
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Time 45:11   |   Avg HR 138 bpm   |   Max HR 163 bpm   |   Energy 607 ckal
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Mobility
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25 minutes of roller work through ITBs, calves and hamstrings.
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Dodge the bad karma bullet and make a tax deductible donation to ME/CFS Australia today.

2 thoughts on “Dodge The Bullet

  1. Congratulations to an amazing effort Simon Goninon, so proud of our Tassie contestant, your mum and I had some tears when we heard your amazing conquest and results.

    • Hey Christine

      So nice to hear from you. Was great to see you and John for Dads birthday.

      Thanks for your kind thoughts. It’s been a truly epic life experience brought to a peak this afternoon with a result better than anything I thought I had in the tank. I’m currently an assortment of inflammation, bruises, severe soft tissue aggravation and 60hrs without sleep. Hurt locker (but pretty happy).

      Will post a full USA/World’s Toughest Mudder debrief on the flight home next week.

      Thanks for checking out the blog. S

      Sent from my iPad

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