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  • I did the Tough Mudder! - And why it's primal

    I completed the Tough Mudder in Melbourne this weekend. A year ago I couldn't run around the block and was 30kg+ heavier. Now at 40 years of age I'm the fittest, strongest and probably healthiest I've ever been. Not yet the thinnest, but I'm getting there

    Why the Tough Mudder is primal
    - You're with your tribe. You don't get timed and you complete the course with your team. Indeed you can't really do it without your team as you need each other to get you over/through obstacles. This makes it a shared experience and gives you a huge sense of camaraderie.
    - You're in the moment. Instead of just "turning them over" and focusing on the finish line, you're always focused on what's going on right now. Never a dull moment.
    - You're in the elements. There's something about fire, ice, hot sun, cold wind, plus crawling, wading and running through mud that connects you to nature
    - You're doing natural movement. Climbing, crawling, running, walking, swimming. Also using your brain.
    - You're playing. Some obstacles are scary. Most are fun. Overall I had a blast.

  • #2
    I've been thinking of doing one this summer! I really really should just go sign up.

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    • #3
      Congratulations! My boyfriend signed up for one in May, but can't do it now because he had surgery on his shoulder in January. If he was primal, I bet the pain would be at a manageable level by now (no inflammation, which is likely the cause) and he could've done the course =P
      Depression Lies

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      • #4
        Would love to do one. The only problem is getting a team together....I'm guessing my friends won't be up for it. Anyone in Chicago interested in getting a team together??

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        • #5
          Andy, which one are you looking at doing?

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          • #6
            Sounds great!

            Too bad I'm such an introvert...
            Re-focusing on the Primal Lifestyle in 2012!

            Starting: 221.0lb, 29.5% BF (1/9/2012)
            Latest: 208.9, 26.1% BF (3/19/2012)

            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread35679.html

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Uppy View Post
              Andy, which one are you looking at doing?
              The only one I could realistically fit in this year would be Wisconsin in September. Otherwise, I'm more than likely lookin' at 2013. You signed up for one?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by andyTHFC View Post
                The only one I could realistically fit in this year would be Wisconsin in September. Otherwise, I'm more than likely lookin' at 2013. You signed up for one?
                Went a little overboard and signed up for three - Twin Cities in May(actually in Wisconsin!), Indiana in June, and Wisconsin in September. Not really a fast mover just yet, so just looking to challenge myself and have some fun with some like-minded people.

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                • #9
                  Liam. Thats awesome! I just signed up my team for the Norcal Tough Mudder in Sep. What did you do to train? How much running should I expect?

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                  • #10
                    Too bad I'm such an introvert

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Beebster View Post
                      Liam. Thats awesome! I just signed up my team for the Norcal Tough Mudder in Sep. What did you do to train? How much running should I expect?
                      I do bootcamp 3 times a week as my exercise, plus I did some specialized TM training (basically long bootcamp sessions) and a couple of 15-20km runs.

                      Our course was 20km, but expect a lot of short runs rather than one long run. You naturally stop and pause (even if it's just for a couple of seconds) at most obstacles.

                      Endurance-wise, I found it easier than doing a straight 20km run with no stopping. We had a few stops (queues and water breaks), plus did some walking (one of my teammates had some cramping). Also factor in adrenaline plus being stimulated on lots of levels and I didn't really struggle to finish. I got a lot more soreness in the days following than from my 20km training run though!

                      Upper body strength in relation to your body weight helps a great deal - with all the crawling and the climbing. I can't do a pullup but can do 30 odd pushups and I was ok.

                      So I'd say if you can do a 10km run and 20 pushups you'll be able to finish on the day. The more you can do past that the better. If you can run 20km and do 5 pullups you'll do fantastic.

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                      • #12
                        Good for you Liam! I have much admiration for you for doing this. Especially beacause of where you started a year ago. You should be very proud of yourself for what you have achieved. Tough Mudder sounds like hell!!! But it must be so rewarding at the end. Who cares if you are not yet the thinnest - you have strength and stamina!

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                        • #13
                          Awesome - I'm signed up for the Austin TM in October. I'm a pretty similar story, I think, so I have high hopes! Thanks for the great post.

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                          • #14
                            My wife and I are sighned up for the Wisconsin TM in Sept. I can't wait, I want to do it right now.
                            There's a man who walks beside me, he is who I used to be, and I wonder if she sees him and confuses him with me.
                            Jason Isbel

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