Last weekend was the annual “Twin Peaks Battle Tab”, a New Zealand Army endurance race sponsored by our unit 2/4 Battalion. Held over the hills to the North of Dunedin city this race saw 17 teams (from units right across the Army) and 34 individuals compete. This is the second year I have competed and my Company (A Company, 2/4 RNZIR) had 3 teams and a number of individuals competing.
The weather was wet and cold, we carry 20kg of gear and it makes for a full on day of navigation, endurance and focus. Over 26 km we climb across two peaks a number of times. Ironically we trained more for the event this year and it seemed to hurt more! But you have to challenge yourself and get in amongst it and as a Company Commander it is important to be doing the same things that your soldiers are doing even if a few more years make you a bit slower.
Nailing it is very satisfying and makes the beer taste good.