Tough Mudder, experiences?

  • back2it24

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    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...
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    Jan 17, 2013 1:13 AM GMT
    Did one in SE Ohio in 2011.....was TOUGH! Serious set of mental and physical obstacles.....it is much, more of a "team" approach to finish successfully, 99% of people will have a weakness in one of the events and you need that teamwork to "leave no man on the battlefield"... the worst ones for me was the jump from a 50 ft tower into freezing cold water, the carrying of a 50 lbs log the first mile on you shoulders or back or working as a team with heavier logs, climbing/scaling a very slick "half pipe"wall, the "monkey bars" hard as hell......the end was to go through a cold mud bog with a blindfold on and to have live wires suspended just inches above the surface to shock(ELECTRICAL!) the shit out of you if you touched them....as you ran through or climbed through the cold wet mud to the final 500 ft sprint to finish.....the miles ran were the easiest part of the entire challenge...
    It is a fundraiser in memory of fallen military and families....so you are challenged to survive the course....and cooperate so everyone can finish.
    It was a BITCH! I had a blast!

    remember each tuff mudder is different and unique to the location...


    http://toughmudder.com/obstacles/

    BTW...THIS MAKES THE WARRIOR DASH LOOK AND FEEL LIKE AN EASY DAY ....
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    Jan 17, 2013 1:20 AM GMT
    First off, kudos to you for signing up for this. I don't know if this is your first time attempting one of these or not but it is definitely a huge challenge to complete it. I did my first one in 2011. Tough Mudder Tampa and we finished it in 3.5 hours for the entire 13 miles. I just did the second one last month in Sarasota and it was a bit challenging considering they switched up some of the obstacles and cranked up the electricity in the last event. Finished it in 2 hours and 45 mins. Pretty intense! Good luck to you and hope you enjoy it!!
  • Whipmagic

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    Jan 17, 2013 1:41 AM GMT
    I 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!
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    Jan 19, 2013 1:21 AM GMT
    Light clothing. The mud really slows you down and drains your strength. The obstacles are not difficult by themselves (most of them are fun), its the running between obstacles when completely covered in mud that makes it difficult.

    Overall it was awesome! I need to find the next event...
  • 1blind_dog

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    Jan 19, 2013 1:59 AM GMT
    Electrical obstacles will be the toughest mental part of the race. Only advice there is just move as fast as you can. Don't bother trying to move slow and dodge the wires, it's not worth it. You're gonna get shocked at least a couple times guaranteed in the Electric Eel (crawling through muddy water and there is no way to avoid the wires). Crawl as fast as you can, just be prepared for a big shock. Beware, ppl moving slowly in front of you will only make things worse. You not only feel a direct shock to yourself but also indirect shocks to others that travels through the water (not an obstacle to be done if you have a heart condition). When you jump in the ice bath don't stop moving. The cold shock will freeze you for a moment but you have to keep moving. Mt. Everest is awesome. It's just plain entertaining watching guys and girls trying to get up the wall. There will probably be a wait at this one. It is possible to get up without help, but you'll likely need assistance from someone up top. When you do get up, turn around and help pull someone else up before you head off, it's just courteous. Help others (especially girls) get up the tall walls. Someone will boost you if you need it too. Wear waterproof shoes (or modify your shoes to keep muddy water out). The most annoying thing that happens to most is having slippery mud in your shoes. Feet slide, heel slips off, lose traction, shoes become loose. Makes it harder to move at a regular pace. Might even consider neoprene socks.

    WARNING: When going through anything electrical protect your head. If you get a 10,000 volt shock directly to the head you can and probably will go unconscious for a moment. I watched it happen to a guy at the TM in Wisconsin last year.
  • 1blind_dog

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    Jan 19, 2013 2:13 AM GMT
    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.
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    Jan 19, 2013 2:14 AM GMT
    Phoenix should host a Tough Duster, because the only "natural" mud there is made when you piss in the sand.
  • Whipmagic

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    Jan 19, 2013 2:36 AM GMT
    1blind_dog said
    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.


    Yes, I did the one near Sheboygan last September - I was in the 8am heat on Sunday. Came in from Michigan just for the event. And I enjoyed it a lot. Perhaps I was so endorphined-out near the end that I didn't feel the electroshocks that much. But they do have a certain mental aspect to them - they hit you unexpectedly and make you cramp up very briefly.
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    Jan 19, 2013 2:37 AM GMT
    You will have a great time...the atmosphere is electric!

    Definitely a challenge but doable.

    I have completed a few of them.

    Forget about the electric shocks, mud, ice cold water, underground tunnels, tubes, fire....and focus on the phenomenal men covered in mud running all around. icon_biggrin.gif

    You will have a GREAT DAY!
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    Jan 19, 2013 4:35 AM GMT
    I'm doing the Warrior Dash in Douglasville, GA this April with some friends and then we're looking to do the TM as a vacation trip later in the year. Which TM location is the best, and has the best gay guys?
  • FL180

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    Jan 19, 2013 4:40 AM GMT
    Pace yourself out of the gate, its long. Slow and steady was our motto!

    Definitely eat a good breakfast. I remember being more hungry than I have ever been before after the race. Good fun!