Being a Mudder℠ is all about taking on the obstacles in your life and the enormous sense of accomplishment that you feel when you overcome them.
Remember the sheer joy you felt as a kid the first time you made it across the monkey bars? First there was the struggle as you kicked your legs and tried to get your tiny arms to yank you from one bar to the next. Next was the frustration whenever you fell or had to jump down because it got too hard. But eventually with practice, you made it across.
You’re running. Maybe it’s mile seven. You see Mudders climbing on top of and over each other as you approach what looks like Everest turned inside-out. Mud is splattered everywhere, and people are slipping and gripping each other trying to get to the top. It looks like a pile of giant ants.
This is Pyramid Scheme, where your teammates and other Mudders are the most important asset you’ve got. Like the unsustainable business model it was named after, you’re going to have to take advantage of those around you to succeed.
If you’re getting advice from even the most seasoned World’s Toughest Mudder (WTM) contenders, be sure to take it with a grain of salt (or more appropriately, sand) because for the first time ever, the extreme 24-hour military obstacle course race will be held on never-before-experienced WTM terrain—the desert sands of Las Vegas.
While there will indeed be a World’s Toughest Mudder winner, being the first to cross the finish line is far from the only reward of the day. In fact, simply staying on the 5-mile military obstacle course circuit for the entire 24-hour race is reason enough to celebrate. Knowing this, leading up to World’s Toughest Mudder (WTM) in Las Vegas on November 15, 2014, we’ll be highlighting the training and preparation regimens of a variety of Mudders with different mileage goals.
The only parts of your body not throbbing are the one's you've lost feeling in. You stop to wince, and the dried mud on your face cracks where smiles did eight miles ago. You look up and there she is—Everest 2.0. “Why didn't they put this earlier?” you think to yourself. Followed by, “How do I get up this thing?”
As the devious answer to question one is far too obvious, let's spend our TMHQ QT today on question two. Straight from our mad-minded course creators, here are Tough Mudder's top five tips for toppling Everest 2.0.
Tough Mudder's 0-Degree Dumpster of Daze is an industrial sized dumpster filled with ice cold water and ice cubes with a wooden divider that Mudders must swim under—the long way.
Forget psyching yourself up for jumping straight in and prepare for sliding down a dark, tight tube into the freezing ice and water. You'll need to get get your bearings as quickly as possible, only then can you swim under the barrier and head for sweet relief.