Jan 15, 2013 9:41 PM GMT
So, I am doing Tough Mudder Phoenix next month and it will be my first time. Just thought it would be cool to hear from peoples past experiences...
Whipmagic saidI did one in Wisconsin last year, and had a blast. Very enjoyable, even though they try their best to make you uncomfortable and play on your fears with the obstacles. I ran solo, and all obstacles except the greased quarterpipe (Everest in mudder slang) were doable for me without help. And at Everest there were some fellow mudders up there who were perfectly happy to pull me up the last few inches, and in turn I stayed a bit to help the next runners.
As to advice, I would recommend to run shirtless if the weather permits at all. You dry faster, and the chafing from the mud on your clothing is reduced. And I would sign up for the first available start time in the morning; this way you avoid backlog at obstacles, and generally the faster runners tend to be in the early heats. I took a few gel packs for energy with me on the run. Also had a roll of athletic tape, but didn't need it. The mud can put your ankles at risk. Also, don't fear the electric obstacles, they feel like a good slap with a fly swatter, but tend to be near the end of the run when you're spaced out on endorphines already anyway. And then simply enjoy and go with the flow. I didn't push particularly hard and still came in at 2:14 and, to my surprise, qualified for the WTM with that.
Good luck and have fun!
Maybe I'm just a pussy when it comes to electrocution (which could be) but 10,000 volts was one hell of a flyswatter. Also, part of the mental fuck with that one was hearing all the intermittent screams while waiting to get in there myself. It's not encouraging.
And I actually just saw you said you did Wisconsin. The one bout a half hour from Sheboygan in September? I lived in St. Louis at the time and traveled up for it.