Tough Mudder – The Explanation

September 11, 2010

Hey everyone!

I know it’s been a week… sorry about that.  Got some things I’m workin’ on which I will share with you all soon enough – exciting things – so stay tuned!

In the meantime, I’ve had several people this week as me to explain what the HELL this race is I’m gonna be doing at the end of this quest – the Tough Mudder.  I’ll let the TM team explain it in their own words, then I’ll give y’all some details:

Tough Mudder is the TOUGHEST one day event on the planet. This is not your average mud run or boring, spirit-crushing road race. It’s Ironman meets Burning Man: our 7-12 mile obstacle courses are designed by British Special Forces to test all around toughness, strength, stamina, fitness, camaraderie, and mental grit. 

Now, the specific Mudder I am running, with the course layout and obstacle description, can be found hereEssentially, combine a 10K with American Gladiators and Wipeout, throw in a little military boot camp and ‘Viola!’ you have the Tough Mudder.  There are other races that are similar, but those are either:

a)  shorter,
b)  less obstacles, or 
c)  both. 

There are 17 obstacles in all, but here are some of the highlights… I will be shot with water cannons, crawl under barbed wire, climb 10 foot walls, run up as well as carry tree stumps up and down high grade hills, swim through underwater tunnels and end by running through fire.  But – there’s a cool adult Slip-n-Slide in the middle!!!…???…?!?!

As you all know I do love to do things for a great cause, and this is no exception.  While, this year, many of you generously donated to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life on behalf of me and my team The Pineapple Avengers (PIIIIIIIIIIIINE… APPLE!), next year I will be doing this for the Wounded Warrior Project (info on the WWP can be found here). 

But, there are selfish reasons I chose the Tough Mudder as my goal.  I need to do a lot more than just lose weight, or get in shape, or see a therapist.  I am going to need to make these types of things MAJOR FOCUSES in my life if there is any way I am going to complete something so difficult.  I know it’s cliche, but I need to master – and embrace – ‘mind, body, and soul’ if I am going to accomplish this and join the fraternity of Mudders.  I’m not fooling anyone – myself included – when I realize that by the time I run this race I will be 37 years old.  I have no idea how idea how young or old most of these competitors are going to be… I’m just hoping that the camaraderie piece of this event comes into play and these young’ns decide to help the old guy out if he needs it!

Last thing about this race – and most important for me – is your support.  You’ll be able to donate to the WWP like I mentioned earlier but what would be really awesome for me… and probably super fun for you… is if you actually came and watched this amazing event!  Yes, you can watch the event, cheer on all the competitors and then stay for the after-party/ concert that’s held later on that day with everyone who competed!  It’s only 15 bucks… how can you go wrong watching all of us do this crazy s**t for only 15 bucks?!?!  🙂

Anyhow, I hope this answers some of the questions you guys had.  I’m tellin’ ya – check out the website here and you get some great info as well.

As always, you can find me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter and subscribe to this here post as well… thanks so much for the support!

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