Hello!!! Have ya’ll missed me? Well I have been a busy lady these past couple of weeks. You see this past weekend I partook in Tough Mudder Toronto 2012 and it.was.epic!
We had soooooo much fun! Vanessa, Rachael and I drove down Friday night to spend the night at Rachael’s Aunt’s house who just so happens to live 10 minutes from where they were holding it. Talk about convenience!
Friday night we got all of our supplements and snacks ready for the next day and made our t-shirts a little cuter…because that’s what matters when running a mud race, right?
Vanessa and I get our craft on
We got to bed at a decent hour and when we woke up, it was go time!!! We were all so excited and nervous as we ate breakfast. I like to keep things simple so I stuck with my usual oats and protein powder with some banana and shredded coconut, race day is no time to try new food combos. I also sipped on some protein electrolyte water that I put some dextrose in for extra energy.
Next thing we knew we were in the car driving to the event which was held at Mount St Louis Moonstone. Our start time was 9:30am so we left the house at 8 to make sure we got there with lots of time.
Well we got close to the mountain but the highway was extremely backed up so we did what any good mudder would do…got out of the car and walked.
They were extremely organized and checking in was a breeze. Once you get your bib they proceed to brand you with your number on your forehead, presumably so they can identify your muddy body if your bib falls off.
Once we got registered we took it all in and proceeded to touch up our warrior paint and stretch. As I said before, just because you’re going to be trekking around in mud is no excuse to not accessorize…lol.
Yes we were called ‘Team Mooseknuckle’ no us girls didn’t choose the name….heheh
We then met up with our teammates who Rachael and I had never met, but turned out to be awesome! We chatted for just a few minutes and then went to the start line …it was GO TIME!!!
I video taped one of the start times after we had finished, because I didn’t bring my camera with me during the run. Sorry if it’s a little shaky but I only brought my cell phone to take video with.
And then we were off! I’m not going to recap every moment because that would make this the world’s longest post, but I will show you pictures of some of the obstacles we went through. I don’t have our team shots yet, but I’ll post those when I get them.
Let me just start off by saying, that the hills we ran up and down multiple times during the day was probably the worst part, for me personally. They burned your hamstrings and left your calves begging for mercy. We were lucky that we started so early because the course was pretty empty, there were no lines for any of the obstacles and we could just press on without waiting. I heard as the day went on that things got more congested, which is to be expected. Anyways on to the obstacles. (They are in no particular order)
Crawling under barbed wire…in the mud
Freezing cold ice bath – you had to submerge your head
Scaling 12 & 15 ft walls x 2
Wading across the lake and ducking under the barrels in the middle (again it was nowhere near this busy when we went)
Carrying logs up and down hill – the girls took one of the big ones – oh yeah!
Rings! I just missed the very last one
Climbing a giant net
Jumping off a platform
Being electrocuted…..in the water with 10,000 volts – ya it hurt
Climbing through underground trenches – I am really claustrophobic so I was proud I did this one!
Monkey Bars – I made it all the way across!
Running up a giant half pipe
More electrocution – this one hurt me way worse
All in all it was an AWESOME day! I felt like a champ for pushing through and most importantly our team had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs while going through it all.
Here are some after pictures to leave you with!
Rachael’s shirt got really dirty
I’m one TOUGH MUDDER!!!