“Tough what?” our friends ask. “Tough Mudder,” we reply.
“But why?” they mumble. “Why not?” we respond.
I’ve had some time since tapping the “send” button to reflect on the decision to join legions of people younger than my own children in this craziness, and it boils down to 3 reasons that are easy to articulate and easy to defend.
- My husband and I are celebrating our 35th anniversary by throwing ourselves into this craziness together. Our training is an apt metaphor for a long, happy marriage … hard work with a few bumps and bruises along the way, but incredibly rewarding and a hell of a lot of fun! (What the guys at Tough Mudder don’t know is that they’re actually putting on a rockin’ anniversary party for us, complete with live music, BBQ, beer and tattoos! Not being much of a party planner myself, this works for me! Hey, they’re even taking care of the deposit and cleaning up after!)
- As a personal trainer and grandma, I’m always looking for ways to help redefine what it means to be an older woman in our culture. As young women begin to show the inevitable signs of “maturing,” rather than worrying about crows feet, the appearance of the first gray hairs or stretch marks from carrying 9 pound babies, I prefer they be thinking, “Holy crap! I hope I live long enough to hit menopause … it looks like just too much fun!” When men think of mature women, I hope they can think of at least one “zoomer” they know and say to themselves, “Oh, man, I want one of them!“
- Finally, as the mother of an active duty Marine, I support the goals of the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization which supports the needs of severely injured service men and women. Tough Mudder also supports the WWP.
Although we signed up rather impulsively for this wacky party, we’re taking our preparations seriously. Who, after all, would want to show up to the “TOUGHEST one day event on the planet” unprepared? And, just how should we train for an event that places 19 obstacles over a 7 mile course at an elevation of 6,600 – 8,500 feet (We live exactly 11 feet above sea level!) and gives free tattoos (and we’re not talking stick-on or henna) at the post race party? This sounds like serious fun!
So, exactly how are we training? We’re Keeping it Short and Simple, of course, by employing a variety of bodyweight exercises, running, jumping, climbing, crawling, cartwheeling, lifting and hitting things. You can check out a sample of things we’re doing below, or by clicking here.
Check back for posts describing tweaks in our training … as the event gets closer and our conditioning base becomes rock solid, we’ll focus on the specific skills needed to tackle obstacles with warm, fuzzy names such as “The Gauntlet,” “Cliff Hanger,” “Ball Shrinker” and “Fire Walker.”
For more information on the Tough Mudder series, visit http://toughmudder.com/info/ .
Information on the Wounded Warrior Project can be found at http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/ .
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