Well Hello boys and girls!
Remember me? Probably not. It has definitely been quite some time since I posted anything here but no worries, I am back and with some content locked and loaded! This first post is going to be the first in a series about a subject that is near and dear to my heart, Tough Mudder. I will go over everything from its history, to how to prepare, and everything in between. But first I will answer the question, “What is a Tough Mudder?” Well, I’m glad you asked…
Tough Mudder is an obstacle course spanning between 10-12 miles with 20-25 obstacles through out the length of the course. As the name implies, there is a lot of mud on this course…lots and lots of glorious mud. In order to finish, there is only one requirement…cross the finish line. To get to the finish line however, you will climb walls, jump off heights, swim, jump into water filled with ice, and run through a field of electrical wires! At the end, you’ll be given your finisher headband and a beer (Both of which are WELL deserved.) But the biggest reward is the sense of accomplishment for completing something that very few people are willing to do. While these courses can seem like they are pure agony, in actuality, they are a lot of fun. You’ll see a lot of smiling faces both on course and at the finish line.
Tough Mudder is also about Teamwork.
If you’re of the mentality that Tough Mudder is all about the fastest course time and “Me, me, me, me, me.) then Tough Mudder IS NOT for you. There is no chip timing, and no ranking (except for a few select courses which I’ll go over in another post.) Your only opponent is you, and once you’ve completed a course, your weaker self. The cool part about Tough Mudder is that EVERYONE is your team mate…and I mean that literally. You can go up to anybody and if you need help, they’ll more than likely help you.
Do you need to be an athlete?
No. However, Tough Mudder isn’t a walk in the park. Yes, they are fun but if you want to be remotely successful, then you need to somewhat prepare. Choosing to participate in a Tough mudder means that you WILL have to get off the couch. Tough Mudder requires people to be well-rounded. If you’re straight up runner, you will have problems with the obstacles. If you’re a muscle-head, you’ll suffer on the spaces in-between obstacles, (sometimes there are whole miles in-between obstacles!) You need to strike a balance.
While some basic conditioning will suffice, there are definitely some courses in which you’ll need to kick your training into high gear. Some such courses are Mt. Snow in Vermont, Whistler in Canada, and Lake Tahoe in California; all of these are courses on mountains…and having run Mt. Snow…lack of cardiovascular training will kill you. I personally made the mistake of not training properly for running up ski slopes. DON’T BE ME!!
The Third Component:
So you may have strength, you may have stamina, but there is a third component. EmCee Sean Corville coined the term “Mental Grit” for the third component. There are some obstacles that will test all mudders despite athletic fortitude. Obstacles such as King of the Swingers, Electroshock Therapy and Kong (and many others.) are mainly psychological. Heights, electricity, and narrow confined spaces are just a few of the things mudders can expect on course.
Those who have been part of Tough Mudder usually go on to do more than one. My fiancee is a case in point. She swore she would only do one…but later this year, we will be doing another one. It is REALLY addicting.
So that is tough mudder in a nut shell. The next segment will probably be ready on Wednesday of this coming week.
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