I am extremely proud of my Tough Mudder team that conquered the course on the 22nd September 2012.
18 of my Fitta Bodies crew braved the course and pulled together to help each other and a lot of other Tough Mudders over the obstacles.
The course was 21 obstacles through 20km of the wilderness and a good majority of that was in the MUD!
We crawled through mud with barbed wire as the incentive to stay low then we jumped into water loaded with tonnes of ice and were forced to dive under an obstacle in order to get to the end of the pool. That one took your breathe away literally!
We walked along beams and climbed along monkey bars in order to avoid the muddy water. Despite the efforts of some of my team members, I did manage to stay on both the beam and the bars and avoid the water. Thanks guys for trying your best to shake me off the beam though!!!
My second least favourite was the “Electric Eel” where we had to crawl and slide along a muddy wet slide whilst electric shocks hit you in the back and shoulders. OUCH!
I loved the climbing obstacles, such as climbing over huge logs, which most people need 2 – 3 people to get over, but not our crew, a little jump and then muscle up, slide and you’re over. The walls were a different story, it was unlikely anyone was getting over the huge ones on their own, it generally took 2 people to boost someone up whilst another person sat at the top of the wall to pull them up.
The cargo nets were fun, getting over the top at those heights was a challenge for some. I wouldn’t have said running through the fire/smoke was a challenge if it wasn’t for the people blocking the way, so we ended up inhaling way too much smoke!
We carried logs around a muddy section of the track and jumped over muddy ditches whilst trying to stay on your feet in the slippery mud. Come to think of it, there was a lot of mud!
I did manage to get myself stuck in the “Muddy Mile” which was about 10 huge piles of mud with very, very sticky mud in between them. I literally could not move my body out of the mud, it took Luke and Darrin pulling my arms, whilst Elicia tried to free one of my legs. A very scary moment, but all part of the fun.
My third least favourite was the 5 metre jump into water. It didn’t really look that high from the ground, but when you got up there and you can’t see anything in the water because it is so muddy, it was very scary. I apologise to my team mates for not waiting, but when I made up my mind to jump, I just couldn’t wait!
One of the most challenging obstacles was “Everest” a huge quarter pipe that was extremely challenging to do on your own. A select few made it solo, but we it generally took 2 people hanging over to catch the hands of the runner as they made their way up the huge slope. Of course there was also Adam who slammed face first on his first attempt and missed the hands on his second attempt He did make it on his third though and he didn’t quit!!!
And now we come to my least favourite, one I will not forget any time soon. “Electroshock therapy” You run through slippery mud whilst live wires dangle from head to toe delivering shocks of 10, 000 volts. It took a lot of courage to run through this one, but we all did it at the same time. We considered holding hands, but abandoned that idea when we thought it might increase the shocks. I’m glad I wasn’t holding Adam’s hand, as he got thrown to the ground and blacked out for a second…
Add to all of this loads of creek crossings, steep hills and did I mention mud?
It was one of the most fun and challenging things I have ever done! Would I do it again? Probably not, I have done it, I conquered every challenge thrown at me and now I know what to expect, sometimes the unknown is better, but…
Would I recommend it to anyone else who is considering it? Absolutely, without a doubt!
I’m also extremely proud of my beautiful wife Hannah for conquering every obstacle as well!
I will be posting photos on the facebook page during the week as I get them from the many photographers who snapped us along the way.