Waterslides are supposed to be fun, especially if you've spent the day running around Dubai in 120-degree heat. Unfortunately for Mika Combs, her worst fears came true when she realized that she'd have to ride down a six-story-tall waterslide at the Atlantis The Palm resort, in order for her and boyfriend, Canaan Smith, to advance in the race. "I am terrified of heights and water," Mika tells In Touch. "I can't even explain how I felt at the top of the slide." After Canaan's verbal encouragement didn't work, he attempted to push her down the slide. "I peeled her hands off the metal bar and tried my best to get her down that slide," he laughs. But when she refused to take the wet-and-wild ride, she and Canaan were eliminated from The Amazing Race.
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What was your first impression of Dubai?
Mika: I loved it when we first arrived. I remember sitting in the taxicab and just staring up at all the buildings.
Canaan: It's definitely the Las Vegas of the Middle East. Everything is just completely fabricated. But it was really cool, because everything was brand-new. The streets are in immaculate condition, and all the buildings look like they were just built, because they pretty much were. It's like one of the cleanest places I've seen.
How badly did the heat affect you?
Canaan: Oh, dear god, it was crazy.
Mika: It was like 120 degrees and 100 percent humidity. We couldn't really run because we would have probably passed out.
Canaan: The desert challenge during the previous leg was absolutely the hardest, most physically demanding challenge I've ever done in my life. And when we were building the hookahs during last night's episode, we were baking in the sun. We weren't moving. We were just sitting still in the town square and the sun was just beating down on our backs.
Do you regret deciding to put the hookahs together instead of figuring out the gold in the shade?
Canaan: Nah, we cruised through the hookahs. We did really well on that challenge.
Mika, I wouldn't have been able to even stand at the top of the slide I'm so afraid of heights.
Mika: Well, thank you. At least somebody is on my side.
So what was it like to be faced by some of your biggest fears?
Mika: Oh my gosh, it was just the hardest thing ever. I am terrified of heights and water. I tried to learn how to swim before we went on the race. I probably could have managed to swim across a pool, but a six-story slide? I'm not a big fan of it. I had so much pressure. I knew that this race was all on my shoulders. Looking at Canaan and hearing him begging me, I knew I had to go or I was going to lose the race for both of us. It was terrible.
Canaan, it looked like you were going to push her down the slide, so were you disappointed in Mika's performance?
Canaan: Absolutely. She had a pretty good death grip and, unfortunately, I wasn't allowed to push her. But I did try, though. Sure, some people are saying that it was abuse and that I was a jerk for trying to do that, but I don't regret it at all. I did what any other competitive person would do in that situation.
Are you both still together?
Canaan: Yes we are.
How did the race affect your relationship?
Mika: It was a little rocky at first, especially after I didn't go down the slide. We were around each other a lot, and being a new couple, it was trying. But it made us stronger. I think we went through in a month what a lot of people take years to experience. We learned a lot about each other.
Canaan: And it's all good. We have a lot of respect for each other. Tons. We're able to be ourselves around each other, and that means a lot.
Would you do it all over again?
Canaan: Absolutely. I'd do it tomorrow.
Even with the possibility of heights and water?
Mika: Yeah I would. There was a lot of pressure, and it was scary, but it was a great experience.