Sure, there was a lot of it along the 10-mile course but Tough Mudder is so much more than what it seems. It was indeed a long day with wicked dust storms and the sun angrily beating down from above. At the end of the day everyone on the CrossFit 818 team was tired, hungry and pretty beat up. The event lived up to its name as it was most certainly not for the faint of heart.
But, again, Tough Mudder is more than death waivers and discomfort.
The "more" part is you and the people that were beside you. Put more specifically, it is what you accomplished together.
This was my third Tough Mudder and I can say that this was by far the most fulfilling experience I have had participating in one. There is something to be said about the look in someone's eyes when they conquer something that only a few minutes before absolutely terrified them. There was a lot of that this past Saturday, it was both inspiring and invigorating to be a part of. Everyone at some point along the course needed a helping hand or a word of encouragement and every one of those needs was met with great aplomb.
You see, Tough Mudder is a rite of passage. A reminder that you, yes little ol' you, are capable of incredible feats through teamwork. An extrapolation of this can, and should, be applied to our daily lives. There are few things that we can truly do on our own, and those things so often pale in comparison to what we can accomplish together. Show someone how to do something. Pull or push them as needed. Carry them to safety if you have to. The Tough Mudder course and our lives are both treacherous places. Never forget that you are capable of more than you think, and most importantly, you are not alone.
power cleans (135/95)
*20 abmat sit-ups and 20 double-unders between each round