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Tough Mudder VA 2011

Well folks I did it, I am now officially a TOUGH MUDDER! For those that do not know what Tough Mudder is take a look http://toughmudder.com/

Like I have posted before, about 2 years ago I was up to about 216lbs, simply put I was fat, and out of shape. I finally decided enough was enough and I was going to change, so I decided I would run the Monument Ave. 10K and that race has been the catalyst for the change in my life. Since then I have been a 4-5 day a week gym goer, I have changed my eating habits, and I have run the 10k, a 5k, and the 9/11 Stair Climb. During all of this I have gotten down to 176lbs, go down several pants sizes, and have an overall better feeling about myself.

However when my brother from my old shift Rude Boy (a veteran of about 30 road, and Triathlon races) suggested that we take on the Tough Mudder I wont lie and say that at first I said not only no but HELL NO! While I had made significant changes I did not think I was going to be able to take on a course designed by a former British Special Forces Operative that involved 10 miles, 25 obstacles, several of which seemed INSANE (the Electric Shock Therapy, and Death March most significantly). However one thing my friends know about me is that I am probably the most competitive person they know and when they threw down the list of people who had already committed to the race with the “come on man these guys are doing it” they knew I was going to say yes.

So I began to up my training level, but even as the event approached I was still unsure I had done enough to get through it, now I do have an athletic background, I wrestled at a high level from age 5-18, and also ran track, played football, and baseball. I have even done kickboxing, and Jiujitsu so I am not some guy who sat on the bleachers in gym class but still this was going to be tough.

Well as it turns out I even impressed myself! My training paid off in a big way! I was able to complete in all obstacles (of course with the team) and stayed out of the water unless that was the obstacle (the monkey bars, and balance beam had water underneath them so if you fell you got wet I did not fall on either). The hardest thing was the course itself on the ski slopes of Winter Green Ski Resort by far the toughest obstacle was the one entitled Death March a 1200 foot climb on a 12% grade Black Diamond Ski slope. Not to be outdone though was the Ice Bath or Chernobyl Jacuzzi as Tough Mudder calls it the video below shows that one, in short it was a huge dumpster filled with water and ice to the brim that you had to go through and under. I say this with absolute certainty it was the coldest I had ever been in my entire life, I could not breathe while in it, and it locked my body up, even walking after was a chore but you had to get over it cause right around the corner was a cargo net you had to go up and over.

Here are some pictures taken by El Guapos Wife:

 Here is me at the bottom of the mountain getting ready to board the shuttle bus

 Me, El Guapo, and Rude Boy after Check in El Guapo is  Former USMC and a Fireman on Truck 6/B, Rude Boy is a Veteran of about 30 road and triathlon races and also a Fireman on Truck 6/B

 Me heading down the slide

 Staring Down the Everest Wall

 I made it

 Cold, tired, wet, sore, bruised, but got a beer, cool headband and t-shirt!

 One Last pic before we hit the road, enjoying a “Road Beer”

Overall we did the course in just over 4 hours, while it is not a race but a challenge, it still felt good to get a respectable time. I knwo fo some folks that it took 7 hours to complete the course so 4 hours seems good to me.

If you are looking for a true mental, and physical challenge then look no further than TOUGH MUDDER!

I will be back later this week to continue the “Alternative Hose Line” posts, but until then you can always follow along on twitter @averagejakeff

As usual thanks for reading, spread the word, and STAY SAFE!

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