It’s been about 3 months since I was first contacted and asked to assemble a team to take part in Tough Mudder with me.
Before being asked my knowledge of the event was somewhat limited to the logo and the knowledge that there were obstacles and lots of mud (bit of an assumption!).
The way I’m feeling at the moment is excitement and anticipation of what lies ahead this Sunday. I know my teammates and I know the course is over 10-12 miles, however what they’ve placed within those miles is still somewhat of a mystery.
Yes you can go on the website and there’s plenty of information on training examples, ideas, even a timetable, but in terms of the specific obstacles for the North West course, that’s still something of a mystery.
I used the website as a guide to my training routine. I focused on upper body/strength training, as well as training my legs hard. I wanted to improve my fitness further by limiting and reducing the time in-between sets to help with my endurance for the course.
Just knowing that every tricep dip, pull-up, pushup and run was going towards Tough Mudder was what has kept me motivated over the last few months. I don’t remember the last time I was this focused during my training.
What I love about the whole attitude of the Tough Mudder organisers from the language that’s used on the website, is that the idea is to do this for yourself, but equally the people around you. Not to finish first, second or third, or even the fastest time possible.
Instead it’s to come out with that feeling of accomplishment that this is not something you’re faced with on a day-to-day basis and when you come up against something that you have fears about, whether you can conquer those fears with the help of those around you.
I also believe it’s to give you a sense of pride in the knowledge that you’ve helped others during the course and in the fact that all of this training at the gym, running on the streets etc has been worth it.
I’ve got 3 days left until the morning of the event and I feel physically prepared, yet they say you have to train your mindset and your mental attitude. Have I achieved this? Only the event itself will have those answers.
I have to say a big thank you to For Goodness Shakes who’ve supported me throughout my training campaign with possibly the tastiest protein shakes I’ve ever had. I look forward to meeting the people behind the names and email addresses that I’ve been in touch with over the past few months, and thanking them in person for their support.
I’ve always believed that nerves are a good thing. They mean you’re placing value and importance on something that means something to you. Even being scared about something makes you feel alive, and on Sunday morning I think I’ll feel more alive than I have done in a very long time.
Bring it on!