So my crazy Tough Mudder race is tomorrow (Saturday). Our start time is 10:20 AM…please pray for me. I have mentioned this race before, and it seems like every time I turn around they make it worse (is that possible?!). What started out as some obstacles over a 7 mile (ski mountain) course is now 10 miles and twenty-eight obstacles. We have to go to registration first thing in the morning and sign a “death waiver.” Well, that’s what the race information packet says. I’m sure it’s just a waiver, but a lot of people are peeing their pants right now. As I think I have mentioned, I am racing as part of a team. Everyone does the entire course, but we plan to stick together and make sure each of us gets through each of the obstacles. Our ONLY goal is to beat my teammates’ daughter’s 20-something team…I think we are all at least 40-something. And we might be at a bit of a disadvantage. In a highly enthusiastic show of teammanship, some of the team members did a final “tough mudder” workout last Sunday. It involved running, wading through waist deep water in some really dark tunnel and…poison ivy…except at the time they didn’t know they were running through poison ivy. I AM SO GLAD I WASN’T THERE . What happened to “leaves of three, leave it be?!” I’m just worried that my team is going to be so distracted by scratching and/or applying ointment that the 10 mile race might stretch out into an all day affair.
So in the spirit of “leaves of three” here are my 3 least favorite sounding Tough Mudder Challenges:
1. Fire Walker: running through kerosene soaked straw with flames 4 feet high.
2. Funky Monkey: monkey bars where some are greased with butter…and if you fall, it’s into ice-cold water.
3. Electroshock therapy: This is the last challenge (probably so you are close to medics)…sprinting through a field of live wires with some carrying a 10,000 volt shock. What would that feel like? Is the fact that you are wet and muddy going to make it better or worse?
I was telling myself there is no way there is a 10,000 volt shock until I saw this on the website, with the caption, “it really is 10,000 volts”…that’s gotta hurt.
While I am sure some of the obstacles are going to freak me out, I am more worried about being wet & muddy ~ weather for Saturday up there calls for low 50’s at start time and a 40% chance of showers….beautiful! I hope I don’t get hypothermia. Despite all this, I am sure that somehow, in some perverse way, this will end up being a blast. Stepping outside your comfort zone, doing something different (maybe crazy, but definitely different) with a bunch of friends who are equally crazy. What better way to spend a Saturday?
Hope you all have a great weekend. If I don’t post on Monday you know I’m sipping something from a straw in the hospital. 🙂