Sometimes you get the chance to do something you haven’t considered doing

But there was a catch. Damned! There is always a catch when something sounds too good! It would be in January. And it would be a training camp with british military instructors. Right. This is a challenge. Would I choose to accept it?

A couple of months ago I got the chance by newspaper Expressen to participate in a car race in the type called  ”folkrace” in Sweden. I had never sat in such a car and knew almost nothing. Its a kind of banger racing, only you are not actually allowed to crash other cars. But it happens anyway. Sometimes.

I had just four days to prepare myself from being asked until race start so I had no time for preparations. Still I made a decent job and it was great fun.

Me at NGK Masters 2010

Photo: Christian Gustavsson

Now I have something new to do that I haven’t done before. Something I  have never thought about doing.

I won a contest at cdon.com when they released the latest Call of duty game. The prize (if I would choose to accept it) was a trip for two persons to Scotland. Sounded nice.

But there was a catch. Damned! There is always a catch when something sounds too good! It would be in January. And it would be a training camp with british military instructors. Right. This is a challenge. Would I choose to accept it?

The basic demand on participants is that I would need to be able to run 3-4 kilometers without dying. Or even fall unconsious. Actually, I would have to do it with ease. So it’s a challenge. Do I accept it?

Of course I do! The last time I did something like this was when I did the military service in Sweden 1991. However, I have a feeling this will not be quite like that.. And this time I have decided to be prepared for what might happen.

The information so far have been limited, but I have been told that instructors are from the Australian special forces, the Scottish infantry, the Royal air force and the Royal marine corps.  They are Mountain leaders , climbers, kayak experts, survival experts and more.

This is something I would never have signed up for. But I took part in a competition. I think I wrote why I wanted to win (which was part of what I had to do to be able to win) and it was that it’s sort of the only way for me to start training properly again. It’s easy when you have small children that you find a lot of excuses. Usually it ends up with that its better to sleep a couple more minutes in the morning or spend a few minutes in front of the TV in the evening.

So of course, I took up the challenge and accepted the prize!

I will post some updates from my training. Hopefully with pictures and some videos. I have set up an ambitious training program. I am not in great shape so I will have to spend the days well and not get injured or fall sick. Then I will make it. Not comfortably, but it will work out.

Oh, I am also a bit afraid of heights. That might cause my pulse to raise quite a bit on possible things they may put me and the 24 other participants through. For you to experience my thrill and horror of heights, I am thinking of using a wearable videocamera during this, let’s call it mission. Or challenge. I have not yet decided on that.

However, I work at a power and heating plant. We have a 140 meter high chimney. That will be an interesting challenge that I will take on in the spring. No, I won’t climb it, but it will be enough for me to get up there and just look down. But that will be another story.

Let’s have fun!

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  • go, go, go John! I beleive in ya!

  • John Sjöstrand

    Thanks Göran!

  • The training camp thing was a bit unexpected 🙂 But I know you will make it. Exciting! I will follow this closely. Good luck.