Tips for Tough Mudder?

  • KickStart84

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    Mar 11, 2012 10:51 AM GMT
    So my plans for doing shitloads of crossfit-style training before the Melbourne Tough Mudder hasn't quite happened. Instead I have 3 weeks left - any tips on what I should do for last minute training? (Not worried about the run - I can run 20km already). What's considered the hardest obstacle? Is it actually tough, or does the course get clogged with speed-challenged people? Any other comments/ info?

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  • ssb1979

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    Mar 11, 2012 2:30 PM GMT
    The toughest for me was the half pike. Im not a sprinter and so I had a terrible time trying to get enough speed to get up that oil coated skateboard ramp. It took me 5 or 6 tries but I finally made it. You just have to realize that jumping halfway up the ramp is the way to go.

    Also the best workout that I found helpful was running in very steep areas. My tough mudder took place on a ski mountain and we had to climb it 2.5 times so my legs were on fire.

    The ice bath isn't hard just CRAZY!!!! Make sure you jump far enough to get under the wood wall in one try. I didn't. I had to come back up for air and damn that water is cold.

    I hope you have a great time. I am doing the Spartan race and also Tough mudder again this year.
  • quirkyquirk

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    Mar 11, 2012 2:40 PM GMT
    +1 on the hill running. Mt snow was pretty hilly and I found my power lacking on the second trip up the hill.

    Be smooth and quiet on the obstacles. Then get moving directly after exiting them. I saw a ton of people going hard through the obstacles and then taking almost a full minute before being able to run again. They lost more time than they would have by just working their way easily through the obstacles.

    I bring a hydration pack and some electro chews. But I tend to go through a ton of water no matter what I do.

    Good luck and please let us know how you do. It's a ton of fun!
  • KickStart84

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    Mar 12, 2012 10:07 AM GMT
    Thanks for the advice guys. Got some hill training on this morning and will keep on it for sure. Also doing some attempted monkey-bar training using a single bar which probably looks a bit strange. I'm actually really looking forward to it!

    Cheers!
  • GWriter

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    Mar 12, 2012 10:22 AM GMT
    ssb1979 saidThe toughest for me was the half pike. Im not a sprinter and so I had a terrible time trying to get enough speed to get up that oil coated skateboard ramp. It took me 5 or 6 tries but I finally made it. You just have to realize that jumping halfway up the ramp is the way to go.

    Also the best workout that I found helpful was running in very steep areas. My tough mudder took place on a ski mountain and we had to climb it 2.5 times so my legs were on fire.

    The ice bath isn't hard just CRAZY!!!! Make sure you jump far enough to get under the wood wall in one try. I didn't. I had to come back up for air and damn that water is cold.

    I hope you have a great time. I am doing the Spartan race and also Tough mudder again this year.


    It looks like we ran the same race (at Wintergreen). I agree with this advice.

    OP - have fun!
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    Mar 12, 2012 10:23 AM GMT
    How do people who wear glasses protect them? My trainer wants me to do a Tough Mudder when it comes to our area. But I wear glasses.
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    Mar 15, 2012 11:59 AM GMT
    what gloves do you guys recommend?
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    Mar 15, 2012 12:15 PM GMT
    any gloves will wind up filling full of sh*t, no matter what you do, so it is best not to bother. ditto with shoes: don't use a brand new pair as you will never want to use them again!
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    Mar 15, 2012 12:22 PM GMT
    I WANNA TRY THE TOE SHOES FOR THIS, DID THE ONE IN TAMPA AND IT WASN TOO BAD, WE DID RUN INTO A LOT OF THse speed challenged ppl there were a lot of bottlenecks, next one i do i hope to be one of the starting groups, you have to pay for the showers at the end, if you bring a backpack you can lock it up, is pretty ez. part of the reason for the number you write on urself is because they try n take pics of everyone and the number helps with that, i only found one of mine and supposedly they try to take 12 of every participant, we made sure we were well hydrated before the race, and ate some solid carbs, had a blast, prolly doin the one in Attica if all works out, already started training : ) has anyone seen a forum for toughmudder or mud runs in general?
  • KickStart84

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    Apr 03, 2012 1:01 PM GMT
    Thanks for all the tips guys. I think the Australian Tough Mudder might have been a bit different from the US ones. We had a great sunny day (about 25 degrees C) and had no substantial hills and a relatively easy course. I started reasonably early so queuing wasn't too much of a problem, but I did hear that the late starters had some bottlenecks.

    I wear glasses too, but always wear contacts for sports stuff. Contacts are great; if you don't have them, you should get them for stuff like this.

    I wore fingerless bike gloves and they worked well. My mate insisted we do it in nothing but speedos, and it worked fine. Got a lot of comments tho! I would advise not to wear socks - they get wet and muddy and bunch up under your feet.

    I must say, this particular Tough Mudder event did not live up to the hype. It wasn't overly difficult. More of a fun team exercise thing as opposed to 'the toughest event on the planet'. I would say that if you're confident in your running, then focus on pull-ups beforehand. These would help on the walls, the half-pipe and the monkey bars.

    Cheers
    Damo
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    Apr 10, 2012 4:35 AM GMT
    I WANNA TRY THIS!!! I have toe shoes I never wear, so I'd be willing to sacrifice them... I wanna try this!
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    Apr 10, 2012 7:34 AM GMT
    dancerjack saidI WANNA TRY THIS!!! I have toe shoes I never wear, so I'd be willing to sacrifice them... I wanna try this!
    Don't try it.

    DO IT!

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    Apr 10, 2012 8:11 AM GMT
    Caslon18453 saidHow do people who wear glasses protect them? My trainer wants me to do a Tough Mudder when it comes to our area. But I wear glasses.


    LASIK.