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  • Tough Mudder Tampa 2011

    Had an awesome time at my first Tough Mudder. My buddy and I completed it in 1 hour and 59 minutes. Not bad considering I really didn't train for the distance. Obstacles were not a problem, but got a little sore at the 9 mile mark. I never ran more than 6 miles in preparation for it. The Florida event was awesome, they really took advantage of the low land and plenty of mud. There were approx 25 obstacles with a bunch of mud pits thrown in. If you haven't done a Tough Mudder, I can now officially advise you to do it! It's alot of fun.

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    Kyle - what id dyou wear on your feet? I'm planning on doing the Tough Mudder in Toronto next year, and want to wear my Vibrams, but was hoping someone might have some advice on that front. Is it doable in Vibrams?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Siscoe View Post
      Kyle - what id dyou wear on your feet? I'm planning on doing the Tough Mudder in Toronto next year, and want to wear my Vibrams, but was hoping someone might have some advice on that front. Is it doable in Vibrams?
      Experiment by running trails in your VFFs. Don't train on pavement, it doesn't translate at all.

      I was appraoched to join a team, but I only want to run more than 5+ if money is promised at the end.
      I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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      • #4
        Kyle - that's a really solid time! Did you look at running World's Toughest Mudder at all? It was this past weekend in New Jersey. I was there as a spectator watching a friend run it. Just absolutely brutal conditions, sub-40s most of the way, and lots of water. A wetsuit was an essential piece of gear. My buddy bowed out after 2 laps, but the winner did 7. The womens' winner did 6. Crazy stuff.

        Hoping to make a go at it next year. There were a couple of bigger-than-average guys out there, so I now have hope and motivation

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        • #5
          There will be a tough mudder here too I have thought about training for it but I'm a bit intimidated... kudos to you who have the guts!

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          • #6
            Did your tough mudder have an electric fence obstacle? Our's does and I am not interested in receiving electric shock.

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            • #7
              I may be doing the one in PA in may. Some friends asked me to join them and looks like fun. Not much of a long distance runner here but i'm sure i can make it with some run/walk between obstacles.
              ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn

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              • #8
                Usually there are so many people that the run/walk will be just fine as you may have to wait a bit for a turn at some of the obstacles.

                They normally finish with the electroshock therapy obstacle. Basically just a bunch of electric fence wires hanging from a wooden framework and run by an electric fence controller hooked up to a car battery. It's not constant juice flowing through there, usually just a pulse every second.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by La.C View Post
                  Did your tough mudder have an electric fence obstacle? Our's does and I am not interested in receiving electric shock.
                  HTFU!

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                  • #10
                    in regards to your shoes! I don't think it really matters! At a recent Ruckus I competed in there was a Guy without shoes. Oh, and it was under 60 degrees. the water was absolutely fridgid. it made my legs numb. Which was kinda nice. Just beware of sharp objects if you go barefoot.
                    Train the way you are going to run! it translates better. bare feet etc.. since it is a short burst type of race. Train that way. I wouldn't run ten miles but i would beat the heck out of my legs in uneven terrain. Getting the joints ready for there jolts. Oh, may want to invest in some lower leg shivers to protect the back of your legs. Trust me i still have scars! Power on!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Siscoe View Post
                      Kyle - what id dyou wear on your feet? I'm planning on doing the Tough Mudder in Toronto next year, and want to wear my Vibrams, but was hoping someone might have some advice on that front. Is it doable in Vibrams?
                      I ran the North California race this past September in my Vibrams (KSO). Definitely doable, a number of other people were also sporting them.

                      Pro: they do not get waterlogged during the various water obstacles, particularly important for the swimming one
                      Con: they accumulate sandy particles due to the water obstacles, which ended up pooling in the toes and wasn't too comfortable.

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                      • #12
                        Sorry for the late response. I wore Merrel Trail gloves. They ridges in the bottom were pretty helpful with some of the slick/muddy areas. They do have the electroshock therapy at the end of the race. It's not bad, feels like a strong punch. I got a double hit in the calves and it dropped me to all fours. My buddy and I did qualify for the Worlds Toughest Mudder with our time, but the Tampa event was only 2 weeks before the Worlds, and we had not trained for that kind of race. We are going to qualify in one of the 2012 spring races, so we have 6 months or so to train for next December's worlds toughest mudder. Looks like an awesome experience.

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                        • #13
                          Holy crap. I need to prepare for Melbourne.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by unsuperb View Post
                            Pro: they do not get waterlogged during the various water obstacles, particularly important for the swimming one
                            Con: they accumulate sandy particles due to the water obstacles, which ended up pooling in the toes and wasn't too comfortable.
                            Just did the Barbarian Challenge, which is a mini-Tough Mudder, in Fila skel-e-toes. I won't do it again. Every trip in water gathered sand and gravel which translated into a huge blister on my toe. Huge. Very big.
                            If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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                            • #15
                              I do a lot of obstacle races Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash, Spartan, and other local races in my Vibrams and much prefer them over regular shoes. The shed water much better, they stay on in the mud, and the velcro makes them easy to take off if you have to empty sand/grit. I do recommend getting a pair of Injinji socks to help with the sand/blister issue.

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