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Tough Bloke Challenge 2012

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Call me crazy, call me mentally unsound, call me mad - last weekend I participated in the Tough Bloke Challenge 2012.

What on earth is that?' I hear you ask. 'You're not a bloke'. No, indeed I am not. What I am is damn sore and also very happy at my result.

I've been on a bit of a fitness kick these past three months, and the Tough Bloke Challenge was the culmination of training 3-5 times a week (a girl's gotta have fun as well) and eating healthy (not discounting the odd vino or 5).

The Tough Bloke Challenge is reputed to be one of the most gruelling adventure runs found anywhere in Australia. I braved "18 hair-raising obstacles over a cross-country course laden with thick mud-pits and ice-cold water crossings." Oh yes, and I did this voluntarily!

But the thing about challenging yourself is that you feel brilliant afterwards.

I won't lie it was indeed tough. But I finished in an hour and 10 minutes, covered in mud and with a sense of achievement I haven't felt in a long time.

After Tough Bloke
After Tough Bloke

I'd recommend anyone to do it, even those who haven't been training. I saw lots of people walking the track, and others dressed in fancy dress, having a bit of fun. There was a great feeling of camaraderie, with people helping each other over the difficult obstacles, and everyone feeling the burn on the uphill parts of the course.

A lot of people used the Tough Bloke Challenge as training for Tough Mudder, which is even harder and involves 20km of obstacles and a course designed by the British Special Forces. But even if you're not planning on doing Tough Mudder, it's still a great day out, with food stalls, a band and a picnic area for people watching the race.

As a bonus you also get a free protein bar, bottle of water and a beer after the race. And the all-important T-shirt and medal, so you can brag to all your friends you're a Tough Bloke. After you've picked all the mud out from underneath your fingernails that is.
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Why? To challenge yourself & get muddy!
Where: Appin, NSW (just past Campbelltown, 70 minutes south of Sydney)
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