Post # 1
So about a month ago I became obsessed with the Tough Mudder competition.
http://www.toughmudder.com for those of your who don’t know what it is.
I thought about doing it this year when it comes to my city but it’s on the weekend of my best friend’s wedding so that’s a no go. BUT it is coming back next year, a month after our wedding. So the FI and I have commited ourselves to doing it. We started training on yesterday and have made it our goal to not just finish the competition but to make the competition our bitch.
I’m SOO freakin nervous though. I’ve never done any sort of marathon or athletic competition(other than sports/dance/cheerleading) and we went out and picked the competition that is known as “The Toughest Even on the Planet.”
Any other bees do a Tough Mudder before or are planning on doing one soon? Just looking for some training advice/encouragement.
Post # 3
We signed up this past year but had to back out the last minute because of a family emergency. I met a bunch of people the next weekend who did it… apparently it was pretty intense! But they all said it was fun. The whole camaraderie spirit was apparently pretty important.
Post # 4
Yeah everyone tells me it’s killer but it’s such an ego boost to say you’ve tried and succeeded at doing something that mentally and physically challenging.
Post # 5
@SweetHoneyBee: I haven’t done one…yet. My Cross Fit group just signed up for the Tri-State Tough Mudder in October. I’m super excited about it – and am slowly becoming convinced that I will a)die b) embarass myself c) vomit everywhere and d) all of the above.
One of my trainers is a fitness wackadoodle is doing the World’s Toughest Mudder event which is a 24 hour round of psycho fitness. I can’t even begin to fathom how people actually survive this stuff.
Post # 6
I haven’t done one, but I would like to someday. I know a bunch of people who have though and they said it is easier than marathons just because it isn’t as monotonous as straight running. And during the tough mudder you’ve got all the comraderie which kind of keeps you going. Still wayyy tough, but I think mentally it may not be too bad (well too bad compared to a marathon, which is saying something).
Good for you guys! And good luck with training!
Post # 7
Ooh just reread my post and I don’t want to come across like I think the tough mudder isn’t mentally challenging. Like you said (and I agree) its the “toughest event on the planet”. So it is extremely mentally and physically challenging. I was just trying to give you some insight that it may not be as bad because of the comraderie and the adreneline and that you can do it even though you haven’t done any other kind of competition like a marathon before.
Post # 8
My husband did it! It was awesome and super sexy!
But it was definitely very, very grueling and long. He tried to do it in a group, and they started out all “GRRR WE RIDE TOGETHER WE DIE TOGETHER LEAVE NO MAN BEHIND” or whatever. But when they actually went out there and did it, it was clear that a couple of the guys weren’t really prepared. And given the length of the race and the fact that it ranged from 35-50 degrees outside (and they had to take several swims in ice cold water), DH & friends just couldn’t keep taking breaks with the two guys who kept whining and claiming vague injuries. It got to the point where they realized that they were risking injury themselves by taking constant breaks when they really needed to keep moving and keep their muscles working and warm. So they did ultimately have to leave a few guys behind. They felt super guilty about it, but honestly I’m just really glad that my husband made the right decision for himself and his body. I was DEFINITELY worried about him getting injured during the race, and it was such a relief to see him come through the finish line safe, sound, and happy.
That said, the atmosphere at the race was SUPER welcoming and helpful. Everyone really pitched in to help everyone out, even people they didn’t know, and I saw all KINDS of people running the race. Older men, soccer moms–people you would never think capable of running a race that long and hard. It was super inspiring. And there were LOTS of girls, so definitely don’t think that you won’t be able to do it. It’s really, really hard, and I do recommend building up your upper body strength for the obstacles, but the people there WILL help you out and make sure you get through safely.
I’m so excited for you! You’re going to do awesome and feel so proud of yourself! Good luck!
Post # 9
haha thanks but you’re response was perfectly fine. I understood what you were saying. I’d imagine marathons are horrible just because of the monotony. The FI is a big runner. He did cross country and track all through high school and undergrad. He’s always said the hardest part of running is dealing with yourself mentally. If you can run 5 miles without psyching yourself out you can run 10-15 miles.
I’m super excited though. The running and swimming I’m not as worried about but my upper body strength is less than ideal. It’s actually quite pitiful. Now that’s I’ve lost about 55 lbs I’m hoping to tone up more and build muscle. We decided to get a group together, nothing too huge(I had a friend who signed up with 30 other people) just five of us. Idk how we’ve managed it but we’ve made it a priority to train together. It’s been nice because we can assess each others strengths and weaknesses and then build upon it.
Post # 10
We want to do one this year!