So you have done the training, cut back on the chocolate, and convinced yourself to turn up for that leap of faith…Your first Adventure Race. What you are about to feel next is normal and you will most likely be able to relate to the vast majority of thoughts listed below. Give yourself a point for every one and post your score in the comments section below.

  1. I have this in the bag.
  2. Crap no first aid kit.
  3. I’ll just smile, make minimal eye contact and hope they never notice.
  4. I’m in! No backing out now. Let’s do this.
  5. My race kit is worst looking kit ever
  6. Did I pack enough gels?
  7. YEEEHAAAWWWWW! Mo Farrah your days are numbered!
  8. OK I’m still holding my own.
  9. OK who am I kidding, time to slow down.
  10. Uh oh, post registration pints last night were such a bad idea.
  11. I left the car open, I left the heat on, did I pay my phone bill.
  12. So, if I do 20km per hour on the bike, this section will take 35mins which if I divide E=mc2 by the square root of an isosceles triangle indeed confirms I possibly should have trained more maybe…
  13. Time for a drink.
  14. Crap, I hope I haven’t left it too late for a drink.
  15. Maybe I should eat. How much should I eat?
  16. I really should have practiced eating in training.
  17. Wonder will the weather hold off.
  18. A kayak…Do I sit up front or back?
  19. He looks like he knows what he is doing, I’ll try and sponge a lift off him.
  20. I really don’t want to get my feet wet…dammit!
  21. OK I’m doing it. Kayaking is not that hard, just don’t ask me to turn this boat thing I’m sitting on.
  22. This is beautiful out here
  23. Just no sudden movements please, I can’t swim for crap
  24. And back to shore…Hey you in waders, drag my boat back into dry land please
  25. Feet wet time again.
  26. Squelch squelch squelch
  27. Why do my legs feel heavier than tree trunks?
  28. Is that cramp I feel coming?
  29. Oh sweet jebus, look at that hill.
  30. OK I got this. One foot in front of the other. It’s a simple formula, right?
  31. Why do my legs feel heavier than tree trunks…again?
  32. Gels! That’s what will get me up to the top…apparently
  33. I made it to the top!!!OMG Look at those views. So worth the climb.
  34. All downhill from here…yahooo.
  35. OMG my quads are on fire…slow down!
  36. Why am I getting stomach cramps…bloody gels
  37. What ever possessed me to enter this blooming race?
  38. Transition…and rest.
  39. Never again!
  40. Actually, I look fresher than some of the others at transition, I must be rocking it.
  41. Just one more bike section to go.
  42. Dammit, I don’t remember my saddle being made from granite.
  43. Head down. I can do this. Next stop finish line.
  44. I’m actually going to finish this.
  45. I can see the finish line. Time to straighten up for cameras.
  46. BOOOOOM! I did it!
  47. Hold back the tears.
  48. Never again!
  49. I need a pint.
  50. Where do I sign up?