Dear Big Mudder,
I’m really intimidated by what I have signed up to endure tomorrow. (Texas-Central Tough Mudder).
I understand that this is a once-in-a-lifetime event and that I could potentially crush some of my fears.
It would be stupid to ignore my fears or pretend the Tough Mudder doesn’t scare me. I may have been preparing for the past several months, but I still don’t feel like I’ll ever be ready. So instead of pretending, I’m going to embrace my fears — celebrate them even — and I make the following vow.
I will focus on the present, taking each step one at a time.
I will face every obstacle with grit and determination.
I will attempt every obstacle.
I will not say “I quit.”
I will tell myself “I can,” rather than “I can’t.”
I will not whine.
I will treat my teammates and fellow mudders with respect and help when I can.
I will accept help when it is offered.
I will remember it’s about finishing the course, not how fast I go.
I will not cry until the end.
I will smile.
A humble mudder and member of Team Brummer