Tough Mudder – Memories of a Great Year
In February of 2012, it all began with my first Skydive in Las Vegas. Which officially launched what I affectionately referred to as my ‘World Tour’, to promote Cancer Awareness and the Wounded Warrior Project. For several grueling months I embarked on a dedicated regime of physical and mental training. This was to prepare myself for nine endurance races that I was enlisted in to promote my charities. My travels eventually took me to a total of nine Canadian and American cities where I completed a total of eleven Tough Mudder races …
What is Tough Mudder? … Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10 – 12 mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. They are also a proud supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project … I have to be honest, when I did my first one which was in Colorado (at altitude) I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I flew across the country by myself having no idea what I was about to face. My training and my educational background prepared me both mentally and physically. While I was there – I never felt alone. What I saw and what I did still brings chills to me. At the starting line I was so focused and pumped up that I could almost feel myself jumping out of my skin. After the national anthem at 8:00 am we were treated to a fly over by three F-16’s to start the event. Totally awesome! I knew right then and there that I was in the right place. The event was superbly run by a professional team of organizers. Men and Women of all ages were getting down and dirty, having fun and helping each other with the obstacles. War Veterans were running the course with nothing but smiles and determination. Very inspiring. Tough Mudder’s credo became very clear: “Leave no one behind”. It is not a race. It is about finishing. Despite feeling exhausted and completely beaten up, I couldn’t wait to do it again. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I was hooked. I was very proud to have become part of ‘Mudder Nation’. The positive energy that flows from these events is both infectious and electrifying. Anyone that has done one will understand that. The strange thing is that in all of the events that I traveled to this past year, I never once heard anyone complain.
Everyone just smiles, closes their eyes – and does it! I was fortunate enough to be witness to some of the best athletes in the world. What about the pain? No worries, the bumps and bruises will eventually heal …For 2013, my conditioning is optimal and I am focused. Currently, I am enlisted for twelve Tough Mudder events, an Ultra Trail Marathon and two single marathons – while supporting four charities that are close and dear to my heart (more events to be announced shortly). I am looking forward to all of them … What about you? There are fifty two Tough Mudder events around the world for 2013. Recruit your friends. See what you are made of. You won’t regret it … always remember, ‘Believe In Yourself’ … Tough Mudder wants you!