|Christ on a pony if i saw this i would have walked off the course|
Marcia.. Marcia.. Marcia.. is what they should have named the 2011 Tampa Tough Mudder. This run consisted of nothing but wetland, marsh and swamps..and god knows what else was lurking out there ready to trounce us. From rattlesnakes to gators to cow shit there were all kinds of goodies awaiting us out there.
|There was shit in this water.. i swear it!!|
I really enjoy running in the first wave. After seeing video of the PA mudder i did and seeing how many lines there were at the obstacles i made a commitment to never be that guy waiting. We did the PA mudder at 9am (first wave) and the Tampa mudder at 8am (first wave). I highly recommend doing this. Otherwise you will wait at the obstacles... which isnt a bad thing. But keep in mind, you are running a long distance and constantly using your entire body to get through teh obstacles. Stopping can cause your body to cool down which in turn can cause cramping which you DONT want.
|shimmy your way through these narrow pipes only to get surprised by a large puddle of swamp ass shit in the middle|
|This was the hardest thing for me in PA. The water was soooo cold. Never experienced anything like that before. The water here was actually very refreshing.|
|Make your way across the infested water.|
|Bullshitting with other mudders in the water. The water was not ice cold like in PA|
|This obstacle consisted of carrying a log through water. Im not gonna lie i wimped out and grabbed a light log. In PA, this was my downfall having picked a very heavy log to run up a hill with.|
|You had to climb into this hole and through an underground tunnel. Pretty bad ass. I banged my head pretty hard on a piece of wood.. polack|
|Getting hit with up to 10,000 volts of electric|
Let's see.. was it worth it? The estimated 500 bux i spent for the race, travel and food and drinks not including the 300 bux i lost the night before in AC :-(. The 4 days spent with some very very close friends. The cool peeps i met while running. The swampy mess i ran through that had algae floating on the water. The cow shit that was just almost impossible to avoid and was probably in some marsh that i had to get on my hands and knees in. The many scratches i got from those dam thorn bushes strategically placed EVERYWHERE. The bulldozer making a HUGE deposit of fresh ice into the huge water tank that we are about to jump into. The spider web net that destroyed my BANAL (area between balls and ass..come on people!!) when climbing over. The monkey bars that i DESTROYED. The 50 yard swamp run that we had to go through which came up to our chest. The flies swarming around "something" in the ground while crawling on my stomach to get underneath a 30 yard net. The signs that say "Do not touch the wildlife" posted throughout the course. The man wearing the Borat costume. The 15 foot plunge into actually very refreshing water. The climb out of the lake up a cliff of soft dirt. The feel of Ant's ass as i pushed it up the hill in front of me. The feeling of failure as i fall in the water not making the balance beam obstacle. The man-made mud slopes that destroyed my quads. The half pipe that required you to sprint, run up the ramp and jump to try to reach the ledge that i falied on my first time. The hundreds of people cheering you on while you finish an event. The 10,000 volts of electricity piercing your body as you try to jump over a bale of hay perfectly placed in the middle of the wires. The finish line. The accomplishment of winning!! The hours and hours of non-stop laughs and good times with some great friends. The 100+ howtotrainfortoughmudder.com stickers we ambushed EVERYWHERE in Florida with. The fancy victory cigar and many celebratory beers. So was it worth it.. FUCK YEA!!!!! Cant wait for the next one!!
|DAM YOU MEDICS!!!!!|
Just wanted to thank as always Pete Isip for everything he has done for me. Krank Systems is where its at. Check out their website www.kranksystems.com and much love for his tough mudder training website howtotrainfortoughmudder.com
|That gorilla beast to the right is my boy Anthony.. a MACHINE|
|These fucked up signs were everywhere|
|The crew testing out the ramp|
|Just one of many marsh you had to run though.. Gross out|
|Penn State... electrocute her!!!!|
|A TRUE tough mudder.. represent son.|