That’s a wrap – Tough Mudder report

Well Tough Mudder now has been conquered with all team members managing to make it through without any major mishaps and achieving a major goal that a few months ago was in their opinion something that “others did”. Now sitting comfortably ,dry, exhausted, a little sore, nursing some minor scratches, I’m finally taking the time out and reflecting on a challenging yet rewarding day out in the mud.

It started pre dawn with the team bus departing from Claudefit right on time for the hour and a half drive to Phillip Island. As you would expect the feeling initially as quite nerve racking for the newbie’s along with the more experienced ones still sharing in the anticipation on what was to come. Sometimes having “been there done that” is not a good thing as you know what you are about to partake in again and with Tough Mudder it’s a fair chance that you would be thinking about the old obstacles that previously challenged you and the scary new ones that have yet to be experienced. Once we got there and collected our event bibs. It wasn’t long before we were front and centre ready to roll out on the next wave. This is where the MC pumps you up during the countdown – 3,2,1 Boom were off.

The harders part again during Tough Mudder was the Running component, lots of it!  After all it is a running event along with the obstacles that are frightening and challenging for some and a cakewalk for others which if you are not aware are all optional.  You don’t have to do them. It’s alright to give it a miss and allow those who can give it a try. After all we all have our strength and weaknesses as I clearly demonstrated by not even reaching an obstacle called the leap of faith. And landed in water! This waiting time is also an opportunity to give the legs a rest from the running get your breath back and be ready to march on running toward the next obstacle,

The team covered the terrain at a reasonable pace which meant we didn’t leave anyone behind. After all that is what we do. With the support of previous Tough Mudder participants like Kaan – my running buddy, Katie (Pocket rocket) and Nikki from Nikfitness who unfortunately was injured became the official team photographer. My role as a Team leader on the day was pretty straight forward. Ensure that all participants stayed together, keep the individuals within their abilities and approach it with a proactive managing style not by yelling down my clients, being aware of what was required within the group dynamics and not placing then in any situation for potential injuries to occur. Adrenalin and fatigue don’t mix.We play it safe at Claudefit.

Overall the team did an exceptional job in keeping an eye out for each other while individually tackling the obstacles and helping each other out when the need arose. I mean how do you scale a 12 foot wall alone without getting a boost? How do you manage to jump off a 5+ meter ledge into the water? (Think Momba birdman rally here for those who can remember) How would you get up on top of Everest after running 19klms? (giant ramp) without a helping hand waiting for you on top? Well you have a team that supports you that’s how. The new members consisted of individual just like you. Take for example Kimberley and Justin who each have sought my services as a trainer one with one on one Personal Training and the other joining our ladies only group training. Both have their own goal and continually put in the time and effort to make the changes required. My wife who prefers to do Mini triathlons, Caroline that clearly turned up prepared, Jackie who can knock off a run at the drop of a hat, and Shai who in the past “only lifts heavy stuff for cardio” who decided to give Tough mudder a crack and on the day did what was required to rough it out and put up with me.

Once at the finish line it was all about the celebrations, photos, hugs, handshakes and thanking your new mates who witnessed your great achievement in getting the job done.

Well done to all the new Mudder’s support crew and repeat offenders.

Next stop Pizza shop!

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