What’s worse on your body than being hit by a truck? I’ll tell you–Completing a Tough Mudder. On Sunday, October 23, 2011 I officially and successfully completed a Tough Mudder with 7 other crazy fools–an interesting group including: some tall southern gentlemen, two bad ass chicks, and multiple kids named Jonathan (see picture below).
It all started in August, when I ran my mouth to my buddy Matt about how fun races like the Warrior Dash sounded. This led him to invite me to join his family and friends to race Tough Mudder at the Wintergreen Resort. Even though I was P-U-M-P-E-D PUMPED to do it, I was still unbelievably scared out of my mind.
The Virginia Tough Mudder is a 10 mile course up and down a ski resort interspersed with 25 obstacles that included:
Death March- a steep walk up a double black diamond ski slope.
Everest- climbing/racing/struggling up a slippery half-pipe…The WORST obstacle at the very END of the course…Could not have done it without the rockstar boys on the team.
Chernobyl Jacuzzi- a dunk into a tank of ice with a splash of water. Now I know how Leo felt at the end of Titanic. I think I blacked out. Seriously.
Electroshock Therapy- after being doused with water, you run through live wires containing anywhere between 0-10,000 volts of electricity (See photo below).
Two days prior, I couldn’t eat, my mouth was constantly dry, and I was trying to find excuses to get out of it (I tried running in front of trucks and getting sprayed by a skunk but none of it worked)…
Anyways, I met up with the team on Saturday evening at the Wintergreen Resort. The view from the condo made my gypsy soul so happy:
The team had camo bandanas with nicknames printed on them and I was so proud to wear one that read “Gig ‘Em” 🙂 By the way, apparently “Gig ‘Em” means something entirely different in Virginia than in Texas. Weird Virginians.
We took off for the course at 7am. Look how pretty and clean we look:
It was in the low 40s so of course we decided to ride in the back of the truck to the course so it would prepare us for the hell we were about to go through. I would be remiss if I did not mention that a minivan almost rear-ended us on the way to the course. Matt was quick to ask if that brought back any memories from my crosswalk tragedy. It did…
We were in the first wave of a few hundred Tough Mudders at 8am. The course was epic. I was expecting to be a miserable frozen ice cube the entire time, but surprisingly, the weather was fantastic and I felt good throughout (minus climbing that stupid half-pipe that almost destroyed my soul). Here’s a pic about an hour or so in…
We ended the race running through ElectroShock Therapy (if you would like to see the full experience and me bust at the end, I highly suggest you watch the video on my Facebook wall):
Overall, the race was one of the hardest/most intense/funnest experiences I’ve ever had. You earn this bright orange headband (which you’re expected to wear to the office on Monday) and a nice t-shirt at the end. And did I mention you get a beer at the finish? Phenomenal.
Anyways, after the competition, we immediately went back to the condo, showered, ate, and took some fantastic naps. The entire experience was well worth the training, running, and 5 hour round-trip. And it was all thanks to Matt. How tough/rugged/grungy/baller are we?
I got home later that night and watched the Rangers game with a buddy…and passed out shortly after due to pure exhaustion.
The conclusion: Awesome experience. Do it if you get the chance…but only if you have really strong boys to help you through it. Also, because I made it through ToughMudder, I’m seriously considering turning my half-marathon into a full…what the heck is wrong with me?