This is the first time we have done Operation Blackhawk in Nagambie, a two hour drive from home, although we have gone to a few different Operation Blackhawk events mainly at Wonga Park. This one is a little different to the ones we have done at Wonga Park. It is quite amazing that the team travel around Australia producing these events, and each one is so different, how they all pull together and get everything done is amazing, the hard work and effort that they put into each one, and the personal touches. This really does draw you back time and time again to these events.
We were also part of the OCR elite team (scary thoughts), and sometimes I do wonder why I signed us up for this (trying to gain that confidence that you are in fact good enough to be part of the team is just a little scary). Even with the sickness feeling in the pit of your stomach and the start and the self doubt that I shouldn't be part of this team. I do have to scythe best part of it, is that you get to go first, you don't have to worry about queues or getting held up, you can race against yourself and just keep going. I am lucky that I always have my support by my side, cheering me on and keeping me going.
There was a burped challenge for any obstacle not completed and I am proud that I only had one penalty, which of course was the monster wall at the end of the course. Dave just made it look so easy, pretty much running along the side of it, its as quite amazing really (there is a little sip of jealously there).
Unfortunately there was a slight change of location, so the layout of the course was a little difficult to navigate, but given the teams limited time scales of the change of location, they did a fantastic job with what they had, and still included all the major obstacles.
Since we spent two hours driving there and completed the course in order 1 hour (yeah, all I wanted to do), especially as apparently it on average takes about two hours to complete (this maybe a little different because of the different course). We hung around and helped out, Dave spent about 6 hours on the wall, helping people get over it (which was gave them a massive boost and sense of achievement, especially those that had their own self doubt (too heavy, they just can't do it or those that a scared of heights). I just handed out flyers, helped with the kids run and took some photos. It was the least we can do to help out.
Keeping you posted on the OCR (Obstacle Course Racing) journey. Letting you know about courses, events and general health and fitness.