Here is a brief description from their website:
"Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. With the most innovative courses, half a million inspiring participants, and more than $3 million raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world."
And here is the map of our 10 mile obstacle course:
The start of the race is intense! To get into the race, we had to scale a wall and jump down to the other side. We (our wave had roughly 200 people) then took off up a crazy steep hill.
After going up and down these steep hills in the heat, it was time for the first obstacle, Arctic Enema. You jump into a dumpster full of water and ice, swim underneath a board in the middle, and climb out the other side. Yikes, was it cold! I was having a difficult time moving my arms and legs towards the end.
Following the Arctic Enema, we went up and down several more hills (that felt like mountains) all while crawling through mud underneath barbed wire, climbing over 10 foot walls, walking underneath cargo nets that you had to hold up, and carrying logs.
We finally met up with the hubs, a.k.a. our photographer, at Electric Eel. After staring at this pit of nasty, muddy water with electrical wires dangling over it just waiting to zap me, I finally just went for it. And it was as nasty and as uncomfortable as I thought it would be! The first time I got electrically shocked, I thought someone had punched me. Then I just kept going, trying to get shocked as little as possible, and out as fast as I could.
After that fun, electrifying experience, we trucked up even more hills and endured more obstacles. All of the obstacles were a blur at this point. We went across a pond (that was actually kind of clean) by holding onto a padded wire, walked up a super steep hill,
hopped stumbled through some tires, climbed up and over a cargo net (where I got thanked for providing the man laying on the ground holding the net for me with a nice view of my ass), went through some barrels (where I proceeded to get stuck and had to call out for help), jumped off a 15 foot high plank, and climbed up and over countless logs.
We then met up with hubs again, who cheered us on as we attempted to do monkey bars, known as the Funky Monkey. As if monkey bars aren't tough enough, why not do them at an angle? Oh, and if you fall? Might as well go into dirty water! Because at this point? It will actually clean you up a little bit.
After the Funky Monkey, it was time for one last set of Berlin Walls. I remember just standing at the base, thinking, NO. I don't think I can hoist myself over two more of these. But, with the help of some friends, I made it up and over!
Once we hopped over the walls, it was time for Fire Walker! We basically just ran through a tunnel of bales of hay that were smoldering. The worst part was trying not to breathe in too much smoke. Following that obstacle, we encountered Twinkle Toes, where I thankfully walked across the beam without falling into the lime green water. After that balancing act, we crawled through the Boa Constrictor, only to be met by Everest. Due to long lines and exhaustion, I skipped this obstacle. I was all set with trying to run up a quarter pipe and most likely slam my face into as I slid back down.
Six hours after we started, with 22 obstacles down and 10 miles completed, we saw the Finish Line. And the only thing between us and completion (including our free beer) was Electroshock Therapy. Why yes, Tough Mudder. I would love to run through a mud pit, and around hay bales, through rope and electrical wires. My team counted to three and we were off as a group! Some of the shocks knocked us to our butts, but we kept going and made it to the end!
Team Lean, Mean, and Dean: happy to be finished!
To date, this is the toughest event I have ever done! It was completely exhausting, and I actually felt ill the next day. But I am so proud of myself for finishing (even though I did skip obstacles #3 and #17 due to my feelings of claustrophobia; having a panic attack was not on my to do list for the day). I also have never been so dirty in my life! I had mud in places better left unmentioned ;o) I'm honestly not sure if I would do this race again. It took me way out of my comfort zone. I would do races like this again, think Mountain Mucker, but
I think the Tough Mudder is checked off my life bucket list and will never be revisited.