We knew it was coming but we never really knew when exactly. Well they saved it for our last day, which also ended up being the hottest, muggiest day all week. We had to run a mile with a pack on carrying a .22 and shoot at 2 shooting stations. All the ladies had issues with the rifle jamming constantly and the rifles weren’t sighted in properly. After the 1 mile we had to take a 200 yard shot with our .270s. Amanda and I ran first. For me running is not a strong skill, I can hike really well. I have bad knees and shin splints but unfortunately I was not expecting my asthma to inhibit me. I have sports induced asthma and while at home I have learned to control it, there the climate is so different with the the heat and humidity I felt like I was drowning. There was nothing that could have prepared me for it. But I finished it all and was proud of myself for doing it.
I went to Texas feeling like I was in over my head and way out of my league. I quickly learned that I was completely comfortable and in my element. I left feeling much more confident and very happy with my performance. It was a tough week, with not much sleep, but it was worth it. I had fun and made new friends that have the same interests as me from all over.
I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone that helped and supported me. I wouldn’t have made it to this point without all of you and I truly appreciate everything. We find out the winner at the Dallas Safari Club on January 17th. Win or not, I’m happy with everything I accomplished and know I have some amazing people standing behind me. And to me that is winning.