Selection Camp count down!

The past month has been the strangest of my entire life. I mean strange in the best way possible. Strange as in unique, exciting, extraordinary, and wonderful.  When I found out that I had been shortlisted to the PANGAEA Selection Camp candidates list, I had an out of body experience. It was not the typical situation that causes out of body experiences — such as a brush with death. No, mine was very interesting, and was quite embarrassing, but I will share this with you because I think it sums up just how completely thrilled out of my mind I am to be attending selection camp

It all started with the hardest button I’ve ever had to click.  “Open.” It took me about 45 seconds to open the Email from Mike Horn Headquarters. Luckily, I chose to open the mail alone, because the way I proceeded to celebrate was quite a sight! And it is the heart of my story. When I read the word CONGRATULATIONS I lost control! I was so happy, I let go. I began to do laps around my house with my arms flung in the air, this is not the embarrassing part.  (The way I was squawking with joy, like my neighbors parrot, is!)  This was not particularly unusual for me, because I'm a quite excitable person in general — but never to this level!

Once the news finally set in, I came back to reality and began my preparations, which is actually much more exciting than it sounds, especially if you love the outdoors as much as I do. I have been riding my bike much more than I ever in hopes that in case we're asked to ride up there in the Alps, my legs and butt can handle it. Also, I have been running to work on my endurance. Plus, in the past month I have been able to do 20 more push-ups than I was able to in the previous months!  Today however was the most exciting thing I have done to prepare for the selection camp. I went rock climbing in a rock gym. It is the biggest rock gym in the entire south east of the United States. Rock climbing is helpful because it tests your mental and physical strengths. Hopefully all of this pays off during the selection camp. Wish me luck!  See you there. 

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