Fact: The Tough Mudder off-season is everyone’s least favorite time of year. Sure, the holidays can be fun, but for the most part it’s flat out boring, and even the most positive person can start to wonder if it will ever end. (Seriously, doesn’t January—especially Dry January—feel like the longest month of the year?)
Don’t worry—you’ll be back in the mud sooner than you think. But if you’re struggling in the meantime, check out this list of tried and true methods to help make the time go by quicker than a Pitfall faceplant.
How to Spend Tough Mudder Off Season
1. FIND YOUR ‘EYE OF THE TIGER’
You know your inner badass is there, you’ve just gotta let it out. Try a Tough Mudder training guide or follow Born Barikor's workout vids. Pro tip: One Rocky training montage a day will keep you pumped.
Okay, maybe you can’t just sleep until event day, but you absolutely can use this time to get healthy and make sure you’re 100% rested and ready to rock the course.
3. RE-DISCOVER YOUR ABS
It’s been way too long, and let’s face it: you miss ‘em. So get back in the gym, get back on that healthy meal plan, and get back together with all six (or even 8) of your abs. P.S.: You’re gonna need killer core strength to conquer Black Widow and Spread Eagle this year. Just sayin’.
4. RECRUIT A KILLER CREW
What’s better than crushing a Tough Mudder? Sharing the muddy mayhem with a badass crew. So take the next few months and assemble the squad of your dreams. Make sure you include Dave (‘cause he always brings the best snacks) and come up with a cool team name.
5. HONE YOUR PARTY SKILLS
Spend some serious time training your taste buds and practicing your high-fives to prepare for the serious celebration that comes after completing Tough Mudder.
6. MAKE AN AWESOME FANCY DRESS COSTUME
What's better than tackling epic obstacles with your mates? Facing them in a ridiculous costume - obviously. We've seen it all. From lobsters and sumos to princesses and turtles, the world is your oyster when it comes to dressing up. Go for it.
7. IT’S A WIDE WORLD—GO SEE IT
Climb a mountain, ride a bike or explore your own urban backyard. The off-season is the perfect time to test yourself against mother nature or even just play tourist on foot in your own town.
8. GET AMPED UP
Literally, because Electroshock Therapy is coming back to the finish line in 2019. How can you get ready? Weellll….actually, maybe just don’t think about it too much because there’s no way to really prepare for those little yellow wires. But you can read our Top 5 Tips for Surviving Electroshock Therapy.
9. CHART YOUR PLAN OF ATTACK
Charts, graphs, PowerPoint presentations...you’ve got the whole off season to lay out the perfect plan for conquering your next Tough Mudder event. (A good place to start: getting a sneak peek at our 2019 obstacles.) Maybe don’t show it to your boss though—they might compare it to your actual work.
10. STAY GLUED TO TOUGHMUDDER.CO.UK
Forget Tinder, this off-season, spend your screen time checking out toughmudder.co.uk for all the course info, obstacle tricks, and training tips you can possibly handle.
Make the off-season more productive: Sign up for a Tough Mudder today.