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Walnut Creek Dentist on WipeoutThis spring I decided to apply for the ABC Television Show “Wipeout”. My children love this show and laugh hysterically at the contestants getting hammered as they attempt to go through grueling obstacle courses. Against my better judgment (haha) I applied and went to an open casting call in southern California. A good percentage of the “hopeful contestants” often dress up in silly outfits to try and stand out in the crowds of thousands who try out for this show. I decided to dress up as my favorite tennis player, John McEnroe. I tried to represent McEnroe from the 70’s both in costume and in his personality (yelling, throwing tantrums, etc.). Well, it worked because I was selected for the show. Obviously I was shocked, stunned, and thrilled at the same time.

Walnut Creek Dentist on WipeoutTo make a long story short, in May I flew down to Burbank, Ca. and competed along with 24 other contestants for the grand prize of $50,000. The show consisted of multiple rounds of obstacles with the field of contestants cut in half at every stage. So obstacle #1 started with 24 and ended with 12 people. Obstacle #2 started with 12 and ended with 6 people. Obstacle #3 started with 6 and ended with 3 people. Then Obstacle #4 was called the finals and one person emerged as the winner. Of the 24 contestants, there were 3 of us over the age of 40, a few people in their 30’s and most of the field in their 20’s. Let’s just say that I was in the over 40 group and instantly recognized that the odds were stacked against me from probably going very far in the process. But hey, I was there to have fun and enjoy the experience. Whatever the outcome, it was just neat to be a part of it.

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I can honestly say that this experience was punishing to my body. It was much harder and exhausting than it looks on television and the water was freezing!!!! Seriously, it was around 48 degrees F. The falls hurt even with all the padding and at one point I had to compete at 3 am in the morning!!!! Sorry, but this dentist usually is asleep by 11pm so having to be on a crazy hard course at 3 am with ice cold water was really difficult for me. Of course most of you don’t care about all of these details, you just want to know did I win the 50K…......Unfortunately, I did not claim the prize money, but I tried my best and did much better than I originally expected. I have no regrets and am happy to just say that I survived without any broken bones. It was an experience I will never forget. Some might think that dentists are all straight laced, boring people who can’t act crazy from time to time! I hope I shattered that theory :)

 

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