As a P90X certified instructor, I knew that behind the scenes, I actually had a goal! My goal was to survive my first Tough Mudder, 2012. My plan was to teach strength classes 4 times a week and then run (cardio) on the 5th day, resting Saturday and Sunday. As it turned out, some of the days I actually taught twice a day, which helped to build my strength. And for good reason. Before the race even began, the first obstacle appeared. A 5-foot wall of wood ( a Baby Berlin Wall) stood between my team and the starting line. With the warrior shout, and a "who-ha" and we were off!
The truth be known, I was still terrified! But a miracle . . . . I started to feel pain in my knee and actually hoped for ice at the arctic enema, only to be disappointed by the normal temperature of the water. I was actually looking forward to the cool ice bath! One major obstacle down! A miracle! Now for the hills and hills and hills. The Diablo Grande Tough Mudder is full of steep grades. It was the hills that divided the fit from the unfit as some of the participants felt their bodies succumb to cramping while trying to conquer the mud and dust. Thankfully, my fitness regime seem to work. The hills were not a problem. PlyoX from P90X is filled with jumping. The gap jump in particular helped me span Tough Mudder moat. An area of fitness that I could improve is my upperbody strength. The rings and the bars were difficult to span. Although I've been lifting a lot of weight lately, swinging is another skill most adults do not practice. My most feared obstacle was and still is the electro-belly obstacle. One spark and I retracted. The mud obstacles were my favorite! Great fun!
Friends Bonnie and Carla!
In the end, I completed every obstacle with the exception of the electro-belly obstacle. Thanks to great friends (Bonnie, Carla, and Megan) who pulled me through! It was a GREAT day! Next! Warrior Dash! October 27, 2012!
Hi! It's Tiff here! Always an adventure with me! I can't wait to tell you all about it!