Day 156 - Giving Thanks!
Well, my World's Toughest Mudder training is underway. I feel as though I need to take the time and thank all who have gotten me to this point.
It has been a crazy year. If you told me at the beginning of 2012, just weeks after my first son was born, that I would compete in Tough Mudder Toronto, qualify for World's Toughest Mudder, train for it, and have tremendous support along the way from friends, family, and the community, I would've called you crazy.
Ever since I made mention of this event to my family, and how I was just sort of thinking about doing it, they have all jumped on board to make sure that this happens!
My sister is the one who initially got the ball rolling by arranging the newspaper article. My parents have helped me with some of my costs associated with WTM, not to mention traveling all the way up to Barrie to cheer me on with my wife Nicole as I competed in Tough Mudder Toronto.
And of course my wife, who has supported me all year long during all of my training. She hasn't complained at all when our grocery bills went up thanks to my increased calorie consumption. Or the many days when my alarm would go off at 4:45am so that I would be up in time to train that day. She has even been there to try and massage my sore muscles when I have been too damn sore to even sit in a chair comfortably.
The support I have received from my family has been absolutely amazing, and has really helped push me along to train a little bit harder, and compete a little bit further. But I have to admit, one thing that has surprised me tremendously, is the support I have received from folks that are essential strangers to me.
I would like to thank Ken F., Mark G., Bruce S., and Bayne U. who, at the time I am writing this blog, have donated money to me yet I have never even met them in person!
I also need to give a very special shout-out to Kreator Equipment and Services. They are a business located here in my home town of Orangeville. I learned about their tremendous amount of support that they have given back to the community around them when I went in to meet with them regarding a sponsorship for myself. They have been incredibly supportive of me and my efforts/interests to compete in the World's Toughest Mudder. Their sponsorship has open up many new doors for me in terms of properly preparing for this event. So I thank them!
From the family members, names, and businesses listed above, to the other supporters that have offered a helping hand from my home town, I am forever grateful of the support I have received, and will continue to receive leading up to WTM.
All I can hope to do, is to represent my home town of Orangeville, and those who have supported me, by training and competing as well as I can. Now if you excuse me, I have some training to get to!
Quote of the day:
"My strength lies solely in my tenacity."
~ Louis Pasture