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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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20 day to go till Tough Mudder

It is September the 8th, this means 20 days to go till the Tough Mudder in Wassertrüdingen.

So far I didn’t lose any weight though I got quite fit again in the last month’s time. I can run 10 km without feeling like breaking again. So I assume I am up on my fitness-level before I got a lazy butt.

I had to adjust my training plan a bit so I am now doing weight lifting on Fridays instead of Thursdays. 4 days of training in a row didn’t work out for me. I decided it would be better to rest on Thursday instead of Friday. I am capable of working out harder after one day off.

I’ll try to make a video of the Hot Iron course and maybe I’ll be able to take a camera for running as well so you can get an impression of what I am talking about when I write about my work outs.

My training schedule

A month ago I started to stick to a new training schedule. I started to attend the “Hot Iron” course offered by my gym and went running 3 times a week.

I used to run 60 to 80 km/week when I was studying but since I got a job I couldn’t motivate myself anymore to go running that much after a long day of work. Unfortunatelly I signed for the “Though-Mudder-Event” together with a friend at the beginning of the year. As the date  of the event comes closer each day I got aware of my low fitness-level. So I thought about it and came to the conclusion that I have two opportunities. I either could give up, cancelling the Tough-Mudder and watch me growing fat and lazy or I had to set up a new plan, stick to it and work out hard.

I decided to do second. The Hot Iron course was offered twice a week in the evening. The gym was close to my work place so it didn’t make sense to go home before the gym. So I decided to go running bdefore going to work at the two days on which I intended to do the Hot Iron course. Made my training schedule look like the following:

Mo: 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. – running ; 6:45 p.m. till 7:45 p.m. – Hot Iron

Tu: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. – weight training

We: 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. – running ; 6:45 p.m. till 7:45 p.m. – Hot Iron

Thu: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. – weight training

Fr: rest

Sa: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – running

Su: rest

Some may point out hat it occured better to have a rest day on Thursday an go lifting weights on Friday but I decided it would be better to have an early weekend and chill out at home.

When I started with that plan I had put on like 10 kg within 6 months time (for non-metric-system-people this is like 20 lbs). So that made my starting weight 93 kg (186 lbs).