Trip Start May 11, 2005
320Trip End Ongoing
Tough Mudder events are hardcore 20 km-long obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, It is not your average lame ass mud run or soul crushing endurance race. It's a cross between an Iron Man and Burning Man.....or so the web site says!
My good buddy Jamie entered this competition so we decided to make a weekend camping trip out of it. We all piled into the 1978 RV (Penelope) and drove to Philip Island.
Now you may wonder why a fit specimen like myself would not compete in such an event.... especially since placing 4th in a 10k a month before (if I don't pat myself on the back who will?)...well the short answer is money.....this little race cost between 90-200 dollars depending when you register...Now I like to compete but I have to draw the line somewhere! So instead of being an athlete I went as an athletic supporter....that should be free right?........WRONG! I found out there was a 40 dollar spectator fee! Good thing security was lax because most people just walked in.
A day before the event started we drove up to Phillip Island to get our camping on! We saw loads of wallabies and tons of penguin nest. We wanted to stick around to watch the penguins come back from the ocean but the good old Australians block the road off. If you want to see the penguins in action (waddling to their nest) then you have to pay 22 bucks. This gets you a seat on cold concrete bleacher! Is this a case of capitalism gong to far?
No matter! We found a good spot on the beach that night for a candle light picnic.
The next morning we made a hardy breakfast and set off for the TOUGH MUDDER! There were thousands of competitors dressed in team colors and crazy costumes. Heavy metal bands belted out rock ballads while energy drinks were guzzled. The energy was so contagious that I was tempted to slap it on my credit card and jump in.
Jamie and his buddy painted their faces like Brave-Heart before jumping in the fray. Before each event, all participants are asked to recite the following pledge: As a Tough Mudder I pledge that…
- I understand that Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge.
- I put teamwork and camaraderie before my course time.
- I do not whine – kids whine.
- I help my fellow Mudders complete the course.
- I overcome all fears.
Oh yeah-they also had to sign a death waiver....
There are 22 obstacles and checkpoints including: tire tunnels, fallen trees, a fire run, a trench maze, walls and slick hills to scale, greased monkey bars, four unknown “mystery obstacles” and, right before the finish line, Electroshock Therapy, a sprint through a field of live wires.
It was a crazy event to witness and I saw plenty of people pull out.....my favorite part of the day was the electroshock therapy course.. As competitors would run through a field of live wires they would get shocked and this would cause them to take a nasty spill! I witnessed some gnarly falls and its always fun to hear the noises people make when they get zapped!