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Movember 2014

Movember

Hi guys, this month my project concerns the Movember-Movement. Movember is an fundraising project which aims to bring more awareness to men’s health especially to prostate cancer and other male cancers.

So every year since 2004, the Movember Foundation runs the Movember-Event. In short: every participating man shaves his face on the 1st of November and the starts to grow and cultivate himself a moustache.

People can place donations to those participating. And all the funds raised are used for the purpose of men’s health awareness. Read the Wikipedia article to find out more or go to de.movember.com/.

So I decided it may be a good thing to participate for the first time this year. I already placed a little donation myself on me and so did my girlfriend. I would be pleased if you would place a little donation on me or any other participant at Movember.

You would like to participate yourself? Nothing easier than that. Just got to de.movember.com/ and create an account. And you are already participating. Shave your complete face on the first of November and start growing your moustache.

It may look ridiculous and hilarious but always have in mind it is for good purpose.

My problem is that I do not have a lot to grow as I never had much of a beard so after one week it looks more like I have forgotten to shave that upper lip part on my last shave. But hopefully by the end of Movember I’ll have a cool Magnum-Memorial-Moustache!

If you liked my article and you like the idea of improving men’s health awareness I would be pleased if you would place a donation on my account: http://de.movember.com/mospace/.

I also would like to know what kind of moustache you would go for? To check out the different options have a look at de.movember.com/.

My toughest day of mud

The day after

I feel like I got hit by a truck, almost every muscle keeps yelling at me: “stop it fool, stop it, don’t move from the couch!”

But at the same time I feel like I am the man…

Finishing this event was my biggest physic challenge this year and it won’t be until the next weeks past till I am able to think about doing something like this again. In the end all of my training worked out well, otherwise I wouldn’t have accomplished this task. Here you’ll see an PDF for the track of Tough Mudder 2014 in Wassertrüding.

In short it’s been 18 Km, 23 obstacles, a great community and teamwork-spirit. You can have a closer look at each obstacle on the Tough Mudder homepage. On my blog I’ll just talk about those that really challenged me both physical and psychical.

Best thing to do as I can tell is at the first obstacle when you have to go down on your knees crawling through mud with barbed wire  hanging over your head is to welcome the mud. Take a deep breath and go all in, you won’t come through this without getting dirty anyway so just accept the feeling of cold dirtyness soaked up by your clothes. After that you don’t care about it anymore and concentrate on pushing onward.

ARCTIC ENEMA

One of the cruelest, meanest and toughest parts was the Arctic Enema:

Even though this wasn’t me I think I sounded the same. I didn’t really expect it to be that cold. The assistants threw in blocks of ice every now and then. I slid in, slowly as I was told. Finding myself covered in ice cold water from toes to chest. Every sense was telling me to get the hell out of there immediately. I fought my way halfway trough than had to dive under a wooden wall reaching somewhat 30 to 40 cm deep into the water. After that I was halway through and I could almost touch the plank that promised me relief from this agony. But I found myself surrounded by piles ice that got pushed to the edge. My body felt like it would collapse every second. I can only remember the volunteer who assisted at that obstacle yelling at me to push myself further and keep on going. So I did. But it took a while till I had any feelings in my limbs again, espescially my private parts felt shock frosted quite a while.

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Cage Crawl

The other obstacle I found a lot harder than I expected it to be was the Cage Crawl. This was rather a test of psychological strength than anything else. It wasn’t hard to pull yourself along the tunnel floating in water. The water wasn’t even too cold due to warm weather conditions. But as I went down back first having only a few centimeters space between water and fence I recognized that this was tougher than imagined. I never was claustrophobic or afraid of water, my head just began to throw pictures  at me beeing unable to breath or getting drowned from waves the peopla in front of me and after me were creating. It was quite a creepy feeling and I was really reliefed after I’ve been through it.

Electroshock Therapy

Just before the finishing line they set up the Electroshock Therapy. This one I also underestimated. I didn’t expect the shocks to be so hard, but unfortunately they were. Me and my mate were running together the whole distance and as we reached  the last obastacle and saw all the anxious people waiting in front of it we put all our courage and ran side a side into our doom. Yet whether I was slower or more unlucky I got hit many times more. My mate told me afterwards, he just got one hit short before the end so he made it and jumped to save harbour. Whilst I fell like I was hit by a gun as my muscles contracted in uncontrollable ways. I can’t remember if I was simply taken by suprise or if it really hit me that hard. I just wanted to stay down on the ground and get myself together. The strings were so long they reached me laying down there. So I got shocked multiple times and I reallized there won’t be no rescue, no peace until I made it to the other end. So I pushed myself for the last time this day over the boarders and I felt so happy the moment I passed the last strings that I fell to the muddy ground. I just made it.

I am going to upload our own video soon, but the camera didn’t survive the Arctice Enema so we’ll have to see what we have recorded and if the material’s any good.

Until then have a look at the pics:

Before
Before

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Electric Eel
Electric Eel
After
After
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