So this past Saturday i competed in my first Tough Mudder. Not only was it my first tough mudder event but it was also my first race/competition/challenge i have ever done. I must say after finishing i had such a feeling of accomplishment. I mean sure, its just a "race". But at the end of it all.. The sweating. The bleeding. The burning lips and stinging eyes. The pit of fear in my stomach. The freezing cold water. The smoke in my lungs. The shooting pain of my calf muscles turning into stone. The 10,000 volts of electricity hitting my right shoulder. The gash on my right leg from tripping over a log in the woods and falling on a rock. The slow march up the many hills. The dried, then wet, then dried mud all over my body reminding me of Predator. The rush of adrenaline. The smell of smoke. The distance cry of hundreds of mudders beginning their march of madness as I enjoy a twisting turning trail run in the rugged mountains. The sudden silence of nothing but your heavy breathing and the beating of your heart as you make your way out of the woods. The cheer of fans and spectators yelling and screaming for you making you feel like a celebrity for the day. The dirt in your eyes that you cant wipe out because everything on your body is dirty with mud. The feeling of anxiety a week before the event contemplating if i can do this or not.... and at the end of it all.. it was ALL WORTH IT!!
And all i can think now is... When is the next one?????
Just finishing the fire run. This was awful. The fire wasnt so bad. Basically it is just a trail of haystacks that are on fire...controlled fire so the flames arent super high. Its about maybe 15 yards and is nothing but smoke. This is the worst part of it. Getting a lungful of smoke did not help. Immediately afterwards most of us cramped up. Me especially. My calves tightened up like stones. I had to literally push down my muscle down my leg at one point.. ughhhh
This was the "Shock Therapy" obstacle. One of the more famed ones. Primarily due to the fact that you are getting hit with up to 10,000 volts of electricity. There are a bunch of ropes and wires hanging down that you run through. I assume (for safety sake) that all lines are not live. I remember only getting hit once. I could have gotten hit more but it was the one that i remember. It felt like a very strong punch to my shoulder.
a true bad ass
|I so knew the cameraman was there. Hence the "smile"|
|My future "battle Scar"|
|Running down muddy hills. Doesnt get any better than this!|
|Greased Lighting obstacle. not too slippery for some reason when we did this|
|Looks decieving. I am basically sliding on dry rubber..haha|
|The meal aftewards. Like heaven on a bun and in a glass.|