I always thought it would be neat to cross the finish line at the Ironman Triathlon. That feeling of accomplishment must be amazing – knowing that you pushed your body to its limit. And while I thought it would be great to cross the finish line, I couldn’t seem to garner that same enthusiasm for the beginning or the middle. While some people love triathlons, biathlons, and marathons, to me they just seem quite boring. If I was going to run for a long period of time, I would want it to be a little more… fun.
Then, early this year I heard the words Tough Mudder.
What the heck is a Tough Mudder, I thought.
The answer – a 10 to 12 mile obstacle challenge designed by British Special Forces, that tests your mental and physical abilities. The participants crawl through mud, climb over walls, jump into water, cross a large set monkey bars, crawl through tunnels, and lots more.
This sounds like great fun, right? The kind of fun you had when you were a kid. Then I found one obstacle named “Electroshock Therapy”. This gives me pause. Apparently, live wires that are hanging down will literally shock you when you pass through. I’ve been watching some videos of this part of the challenge and it brings some men to their knees. So, I’m not sure if I would want to pay for such treatment. Now, to be fair, when competing in the Tough Mudder, they do say that if you do not feel comfortable doing a part of the course you can skip it. So, the decision of getting shocked is left up to you.
Tough Mudder Vancouver at Whistler Olympic Park
June 23 and 24, 2012
This year, the Tough Mudder is coming to our part of the world in June at Whistler Olympic Park. There are 24 obstacles in the course – starting with a Braveheart Charge and ending with the Electroshock Therapy. Other obstacles include crossing over a straw fire, walking up a ski hill, and crossing the monkey bars (with some bars being covered in butter). Like I said before it sounds like great fun and even if you don’t want to participate, you can always be a spectator and cheer people on.
What are your thoughts on the Tough Mudder challenge? Would you want to participate? Or be a spectator? Let me know.
To find out more information visit the Tough Mudder website at http://toughmudder.com/
By Amanda H