This is not like any other obstacle course race that we have done,usually its a matter of getting everything ready the night before and packing it in the car, and that's it were off and ready to go. Nope this time a little more preparation is definitely required, especially as I don't think its a matter if we forgot something we can go to the shop and pick it up. This we can do when we get to Sydney, but we definitely cant do this if were on course. If were too cold, well its tough shit and we have to deal with it, or if we haven't got enough food, or not comfortable enough.
There are so many what ifs??? I never really considered how organised we needed to be, and we still wont know if we have done enough until we actually start the event. Some of the lists that people have been posting on the FB page has caused me to go into melt down, they are so excessive (really how much money do these people have?) Compression pants, 4 types of wetsuits, 2 sets of 2XU thermal compression tops and 2 sets of bottoms, wind jacket, wind pants and the list goes on. OK, so we are faces with two problems 1. we dont have much of this stuff, our races have comprised of us getting in and out, back in the car and heading home for a nice hot shower - never had a need to run in a wetsuit or to purchase a full wetsuit (Isnt this one of the reasons why we moved to Australia). We only have shortie!! Problem No 2. I am not the best at camping, I hate the cold so why would I want to give up a nice cosy bed to sleep on a hard surface, so this means we have absolutely zilch camping, cold or wet weather gear.
Our clothes that we use are usually cold gym clothes that I dont really care about getting torn and ripped, and of course more that happy to throw away after. Now i have to think about layering, whilst running - what happens if I get too hot or too cold?? Seriously the swear words that are coming out at the moment are really not good. The only good thing would be that there is no harm in being over prepared (again this comes down to money), I didnt really anticipate the overall cost when signing up to this, yes we could borrow items - but then what happens if we ruin them. We are better off ruining our own stuff then someone elses, then that moves onto the other debate - if you go expenses (then chances are they are going to get ruined), obstacle runs are definitely not designed to keep your clothes in tact by the end of it.
So the panic buying has started, I bought a cheap tent form Kmart ($45) which is bloody fantastic, and a sleeping bag (only one as since the plan was that one of us would be on the course at any given time then we should only need one). I also bought some gels, as we need to test these out at some point before the event. We were going to wait until we got to Sydney to buy, but then had another panic moment that included (what happens if they sell out), best to just getting shopping and not panicking about picking up a tent, but now just realised I bought the wrong one, I was meant to get one with a front section too to we can leave tubs and stuff outside if its raining. This is what happens when you start panic buying. Also bought the weirdest thermal pants from Katmandu, honestly it made perfect sense to me at the time, now I not sure what was the overall intention (its not like we will wear them running around).
Our spare room is turning into its own Enduro equipment room, which now looking at it (thinks we will be paying for some extra luggage along the way). I will update a shopping / equipment list (and then will make a review of what was needed after the event). I have bought a full length wetsuit, so feel a little better about that, we really are not going to know until we get there.
Keeping you posted on the OCR (Obstacle Course Racing) journey. Letting you know about courses, events and general health and fitness.