I have reached the halfway point in my training for World’s Toughest Mudder (WTM), and am in the best shape of my life already. If you read my previous post about my training cycle (made quite a few changes along the way), that would tell the story of how dificult it is been. I have had my fair share of minor injuries aong the way as well, including a sore achilles and knee, but it was nothing to lose sleep over.
I would say the toughest part of my training is running from 2am-5am. By the time 2am rolls around, I am so tired and want to go to sleep, but I need to train while sleep deprived if I want to do well at this event.
“World’s Toughest Mudder is the culminating event of the 2012 Tough Mudder Event calendar and takes the concept of being a Tough Mudder to a whole new level. This extreme competition puts the world’s most hardcore Mudders through a grueling 24-hour challenge designed to find the toughest man, woman, and 4-person team on the planet.” It is an 8-10 mile course with 40 obstacles that will test your mind and body. Each qualifier will have to do as many laps around this course as they can in the 24 hour period. The person with the most laps, wins.
This past weekend, I took part in “Race the Reaper” 6 mile obstacle course as a tune up race for WTM on November 17 & 18th. I finished 2nd overall in the Elite Heat, and then ran two more laps around the course to simulate the start of the WTM course. I was chip timed on the second lap and placed 3rd overall in the Elite Heat, then decided not to wear one on the third lap (would have been good for 10th). At the end of the day, I ran 20 miles including my warmup run of 2 miles, and would have ran one more lap if I did not have to go to work! 3 top 10 finishes in one day make me feel great 70 days out from the big race.
“There are only two options regarding commitment: you’re either in or you’re out. There’s no such thing as life in between.” – Unknown
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