Yesterday was the big day. The Tough Mudder. Six months of training, miles of running, jumping into Lake Travis in January, all for this. It was worth every bit of it. I had such a great time! Don't get me wrong, it was hard...and really muddy, but that was all cancelled out by the great weather and excitement among the racers. The idea behind this race is that it isn't about your time, it's about finishing it and helping others do the same along the way. There were lots of obstacles that would be impossible for someone to do on their own, but with the boost of perfect strangers and teammates, were easily accomplished. For being in January, we really lucked on the weather. It could have been much, much colder than it was yesterday. That didn't stop them from figuring out a way for us to still get the idea of being in winter water. One of the first water obstacles was a watery mud pit that came up almost to my waist that they kept dumping bags of ice in. That will wake you up! The next big obstacle was the sloped 15 ft platform that you climb and then jump off of into a 15 ft deep pond. The water was so cold that it actually took my breath away. I've never had that feeling before and it was a little scary. Every obstacle that had water up to my chest would do that all over again. The mud, oh the mud. Some was watery and thin, other pits were like sticky Play-doh, and some must have been quicksand. I'm shocked I didn't lose a shoe. There quite a few obstacles that I was really proud for doing myself. It helps justify all the training! All in all, this was the best race I've ever done. I think after three showers now, I've gotten all the mud out of my hair.
Here we are at the start line, rearing to go!
The course was built on a motor cross track. Running up and down hills sure made the legs burn!
Remember when monkey bars were easy? Apparently they are much harder as an adult. Plus, my gloves were so caked with mud that I barely made it to the second bar before hitting the cold mud pit below. Now I know what I need to work on for next year.
Nice little run through the pastures. Watch out for cow patties!
This is towards the end, we can see the finish line. Of course, not until we go through another water obstacle.
Up the cargo net and over the tower
I'm still not sure how I didn't shocked by a single live wire. Beginner's luck I guess! That poor woman to the side of me got shocked over and over again.
We made it! We are officially "Tough Mudders."
More pictures from the race can be found on Tough Mudder's Facebook page: