I was reading all the posts about how the Obstacle Course Racing - OCR - European Championships wasn't anything like most of the athletes had imagined... and then I read another post by a woman who gave birth 11 weeks ago, sharing her birth photographer's video and saying that she was still trying to wrap her head around what had actually happened.
I couldn't help compare the two.
Even if you have months to prepare, Even if you did it before, and Even if you are one of the only 1% (recognise the statistics? 😊) with a so-called natural and "prefect birth" (fast, no complications, no meds, no intervention, no after-care, and a healthy baby), it is still a totally mind-blowing experience.
Just like a very challenging obstacle course you go through a rollercoaster of feelings like Surprise, Determination, Tiredness, Hope, Pain, Happiness, Despair, Pride and Disbelief, just to mention a few, but in this case it's amplified by 10!
Also, quiting just isn't an option when a baby has decided to come out.
The whole thing leaves most of us mums in a sort of state of emotional drainage and daze, or even shock, for weeks and months after. Personally I struggled with the lack of control. The way our bodies goes in to a kind of auto-pilot, where one is not in charge, nor able to steer very much of what is happening. As an athlete I'd normally tell my body what to do - not the other way around - and I'd find the latter a bit scary and quite stressful.
Either way childbirth most certainly puts things in to perspective. Makes any OCR a walk in the park. It's probably not going to be what you expected, and it's probably not going to pleasant, but I definitely don't want to forget.
I believe it's a good thing to be out of your depth at times. Quite often good things will come out of it, no matter how uncomfortable.
At least this race ends with the most awesome medal.
Finally, I do hope you truly LOVE a challenge, cus once you had some moments to recover, you have your next long distance, kick-ass, but absolutely amazing, obstacle course lined up.
They call it Parenthood.
#OCRECeatyourheartout #TheToughestRace #JustSayin