Postcards from Real Life: 99 Days

99 days.

That’s what I’ve got left to prepare for the Tough Mudder in Charlotte. That seems like a big enough number right? But this is an intense race and not to be taken lightly. And it is entirely out of my league in terms of any physical challenge I’ve taken on before… which is exactly why I’m doing it.

For all of the physical challenges, in actuality most of the challenge here is mental. Pushing past what you think you’re capable of is one of the hardest things we do as people. Once you’ve broken through that barrier though, your framework for what is possible becomes not only exponentially larger but stronger as well.

I’ve never been a mega-athlete so this is a huge stretch for me. The race falls a month before my 42nd birthday and I need to know I can do this. I want to see what’s on the other side of this challenge.

Ninety nine days left to train. Ninety nine days left to push myself beyond what I think I’m capable of. I’m sore. I hurt. I’m bruised. And it feels good.

Training has pushed me back into the pool for the first time in over 20 years. I’ve rediscovered long-unused muscles…