Tough Mudder 2013

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    May 11, 2013 3:36 PM GMT
    I just registered and am so excited to go. Has anyone done it? What are you stories/experiences?
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    May 11, 2013 11:13 PM GMT
    I did the GA tough mudder last month. I loved the exprience. Try to do it with a team and have fun. Nothing to over train for, just fun in the sun/rain and mud. To be honest, I don't think there is a way you fail out of it, so with that being said have a blast man!
  • Whipmagic

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    May 11, 2013 11:36 PM GMT
    I did the WI Tough Mudder last year, and took it quite seriously. Upped my trail running, made sure my gear worked when wet, tapered and carb-loaded before the run. I think I mostly did it because I didn't quite know what to expect, and I was intimidated by what I heard and read. On game day, everything came together perfectly, I had an 8am start time, the weather was perfect, and I was pretty much in peak condition. I ran solo, a bit apprehensive at first, but after the first few obstacles the tension fell off and I breezed through the course, with the exception of the greased quarterpipe, where it took me several tries until someone caught me. To my surprise, the time was good enough to earn me a qualifier for the World Toughest Mudder, which I did not use, however. I do know my limitations.
  • BeerIsYummy

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    May 11, 2013 11:39 PM GMT
    I've done three of them and they are really fun. Definitely try to get a team together. I had the most fun doing my first when I was with a group of people. The others, I just had one partner. They were still fun, but some of the obstacles are definitely easier if you have a group with you. But other runners were more than happy to help us, so having others isn't a necessity.

    Be prepared for anything. One of the obstacles for the first one I did involved having to eat a hot pepper... For the next mile or so I saw a lot of people doubled over. That was really unexpected.

    Have fun!
  • cuz399

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    May 12, 2013 9:53 AM GMT
    I just did Tough Mudder for the first time in Mansfield Ohio two weeks ago, and it was an awesome experience! The only thing I was nervous about was getting zapped by 10,000 watts of electricity. I got zapped so hard that it made me fall to the ground. lol Despite losing my glasses, getting so many cuts, bruises, a zap scar, strained hamstrings, and losing my group, I would seriously love to do the Tough Mudder all over again! I hope you have a great experience doing the Tough Mudder like I did man.
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    May 12, 2013 10:58 AM GMT
    I have done a few Tough Mudder races and planning another one.

    Best to go off early Saturday morning.

    If you are on a flat course then train by trail running.

    If you are doing a course that is on a mountain (Vermont) then train on a stair master or local ski slope. In Vermont the course was literally up and down black diamond ski trails.

    You need to be in shape. You can't go from the couch to a Tough Mudder.

    You need upper body strength, a good set of legs and endurance.

    You will have a lot of fun!

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    May 16, 2013 11:44 AM GMT
    I have about 5 co-workers training with me. We are going to raise donations for the Wounded Warrior Foundation and our company will match it. I can't wait to do it. I have to wait til August.
  • BuggEyedSprit...

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    May 16, 2013 12:30 PM GMT
    Did 2011 alone in Tampa; course was boring. Skipped 2012 which I heard was a poorly planned traffic nightmare in Sarasota. Might do 2013 is I can find a few budds to share the pain!
  • Whipmagic

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    Jun 10, 2013 12:22 AM GMT
    Anone doing the Michigan TM at the end of June? I'm signed up and ready to go...
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    Jun 10, 2013 1:01 AM GMT
    I'm signed up for the Toronto Tough Mudder this coming September and I'm pretty excited about it as well. I'm registered as a single participant. So if there's anyone else interested in signing up and forming a team let me know.
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    Jun 10, 2013 3:08 AM GMT
    I did mine this time last year in the Pocono's and didn't realize that the course was 12 and a half miles. I didn't train for it other than my normal lifting regime. Which honestly wasn't that much of an issue in my opinion.

    It was just tough (hah) especially for someone who never, and I mean never goes on long distance runs. Not only that but the trail was full of incredibly long and monotonous hills. Being in the mountains I should've expected this I guess.

    We dressed up...(or dressed down really) in pink underwear and long pink tube socks. Got some interesting responses to say the least.

    Crossing the finish line is pretty awesome, but somehow didn't feel proud of myself or anything. It was kind of just a lot of running with some pretty easy obstacle courses along the way. I only struggled on one of the largest walls to jump over. The biggest struggle was the running, and the running...and the running.

    Anyways, was a lot of fun but wouldn't do it again... just not really my thing.
  • Whipmagic

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    Jun 30, 2013 8:58 PM GMT
    Did the Michigan Tough Mudder this morning. It was a very soggy course after a few days of rain and thousands of people trampling through it yesterday. So virtually all of the twelve-plus miles were actually mud, which made the course quite slow (2:40 for me - somewhat embarrassing). The obstacles were the usual ones.
  • streetrat

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    Jul 05, 2013 9:06 PM GMT
    Although I haven't done the Tough Mudder, my friends have and love it. I have done the Warrior Dash, Monster Challenge and Armageddon Ambush...all this year. So, yeah, a good addiction, lol.
  • Whipmagic

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    Jul 05, 2013 11:32 PM GMT
    Apparently there was a big problem with sewage runoff into the mud and water obstacles at the Michigan Tough Mudder last week. Several hundred participants came down with the Norovirus a day or two after the run. I guess I got lucky that I don't have any symptoms, but I must admit that the mud was rather vile this time and they probably should have tested it like they test water at public beaches. Or, did they secretly add a biological hazard to the obstacles?
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    Jul 06, 2013 12:07 AM GMT
    I've heard they've toned it down over the past few years. One of my classmates went in 2010-11 or something, one of the tasks involved jumping into lake that's been partially frozen over. Since then they've removed that, and instead, splash some cold water on ya instead.

    Still, I heard it's a lot of fun, emphasizes on team work and can prove to be a challenge too. You're gonna have a great time! I'm planning on going next year
  • AlphaLad

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    Jul 17, 2013 11:27 AM GMT
    Tough mudder, Sydney Oct 2013. Any fellas wanna start a Sydney group, he me up!!! Have done it once before and loved it, great mix of silliness, pain and competition. Message me guys, come trekking with me in blue mountains to prepare
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    Jul 20, 2013 6:26 PM GMT
    Did my first one this summer it was a great time can't wait until the next time !