Impi Challenge GP 2013

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Leigh knee-deep in the mud at Impi
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Leigh knee-deep in the mud at Impi

This was one of those moments, when you call up a good friend, and say – Hey lets enter the IMPI Challenge. Moments after submitting the online entry – we watch the video on their website of what EXACTLY Impi is all about.
Nervous laughter is all that emerges, with us both saying – OMW – what have we just entered?

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After reassuring each other, that we have time to do a little training, and that this is going to be fun, we ended our call. The next 6 weeks seemed to whizz by, and the only “training” I did was on a spinning bike. Totally and utterly unrelated to a 12km trail run with 19 obstacles, and of course eat – as I’m now under the guidance of lifestyle coach for want of a better description.
The night before IMPI, I packed a bag, with a fresh change of clothes for afterwards, my snacks for the days, and it was while doing this I suddenly remembered seeing in the online promo video – the tunnel! The tiny looking tunnel that I would have to crawl out from under.

PANIC hit me from nowhere, and I was breaking out into a cold sweat already.

 

How silly have I been, what did I do? I know I can’t cope in confined spaces. A lift even terrifies me, now I must crawl in a tunnel, with mud.

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Breathe Leigh – calm down, it’s only the night before, we not even at the event yet! Restless sleep night ensues, and was up bright and early, and set off to my parents who were to be our “support crew” in case of any emergency. {Wise move I still thought – trying to reclaim my calm}.
After picking up my friend Marissa, who was my team mate for this event, my nerves catapulted even further, when she was hashing out her fears in the car. My parents of course, thought the 2 of highly entertaining at 7:30am.  It really is amazing how, the older we get, the more we fear things. Heights, confined spaces, insects .. literally anything, we think that can harm us, we fear. As a child I remember not fearing anything, except confined spaces,and being under water, but that was due to a near drowning experience, but that aside … nothing!
Standing in the registration crew the nerves grew further when listen to the banter of the other entrants around us, comments on points in the indemnity form …. the thought of crocodiles and snake bites really shot us into sheer panic  but then, a very kind gent in front of us said he did this last year, and there was none of that … to his knowledge. OK … so we can do this right?

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So with our indemnity forms complete,start times confirmed, we finally set off to conquer the unknown, and our fears. Our only determination, was try have fun along the way … and boy did we!
From the start, you are covered in mud, and maybe it’s this, that instills that child like confidence in ourselves to continue, and laugh along the way. Over every obstacle, through every river crossing and swim, through the black swamp mud, that covered me up to my chin, to jumping off the cliff into the river, and most importantly for me … pulling myself through that final tunnel,lying flat on my back, and pulling my way forward …IMPI Challenge was by far the best and most fun I have had in a very long time.

 

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