Tough Mudder 2013 Aftermath

tmSo as you already knew from my short blurb last week, I did my second Tough Mudder in Mesa, Arizona this past Saturday with a couple of friends. I’m actually really pleased with my performance, considering I did a TON better this year than I did last year. Alot of that has to do with the fact that I’m in better shape this year, by far. Continue reading Tough Mudder 2013 Aftermath


Tough Mudder Number Two

tmSo, I’ll be running at the Tough Mudder tomorrow. Last year I came back with two injuries. Nothing that kept me from functioning normally, but a tad bit painful. The ball of my left foot was bruised from running over tough concrete chunks in my original pair of Vibrams. I strained a tendon in my left arm and actually thought it may be broken. Luckily, the arm wasn’t broken (and it actually was the impetus for me to start getting yearly physicals) and my foot was just tender for a bit.

This year’s goals are as follows;

#1 – Finish every obstacle (same as last year’s goal, although “Mount Everest” took me a dozen attempts before I finally got it)

#2 – No injuries.

Pretty simple and to the point. Hope to see you there, even if we’ll both be covered in mud!

UPDATE – Found a cool cam-video from last year’s Arizona TM.

The Hike

Regardless how you may feel about the way our hike turned out, I’d like to tell you about it. You can read this and take it as a learning experience (it most definitely was for me, seeing as this was my very first overnight hiking experience) Trust me when I say that before it went sideways, it was a very cool hike and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. At the risk of dramatizing things more than I should at a later date due to the details getting fuzzy, I’d like to just get it all down now while it’s pretty fresh. I like to consider myself a writer, seeing as it gives me a direction for my energy and makes me happy to create something. Even if it’s not necessarily a physical manifestation of creativity that one can put hands on, the act of creating something gives me joy. That being said, my duty as a writer is to translate my experiences into something readable for you. Are you ready to bite off this chunk of a story? It’s a bit of a doozy, let me warn you.

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Arizona Trail Passage One, Here I Come…

I’ve never really had a special affinity for walking. I mean, we all have to walk everywhere we go (well with the current technology we don’t HAVE to walk anywhere anymore) but I’ve never really considered walking long distances for no real reason. Even at work I spend five days out of the week hiking for most of my shift. That being said, I will be hiking the first passage of the Arizona Trail (Huachuca Mountains Passage) in late December with my father-in-law, voluntarily.
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The Run

His eyes open abruptly to the beeping sound. Was he dreaming of a steady beeping? No, it couldn’t be that. It’s his alarm clock of course. Every morning the same sound, every morning the same thought of changing it to another less irritating sound. He rolls over, to his left so as to not wake the wife to his right, and extends one finger to dismiss the beeping. This dismissal says that he IS awake, that he IS aware that he needs to sit up, he needs to keep his eyes open.
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Thinking of giving Martin Berkham’s “Checkpoints” idea a shot to keep me on track. Here’s what I’m thinking of doing each month and then after January probably extend it out to 8 week intervals. When I say “non-stop” I mean until I have to actually stop for a break longer than 2-3 seconds.

The exercises :
Non-stop Pullups – 1:30 rest
Non-stop Pushups – 1:30 rest
Non-stop Squats – 1:30 rest
Non-stop Ring Dips – 1:30 rest
Non-stop Burpees – 5:00 rest
1 Mile Run

The dates :

Anybody reading this have any suggestions? I’m just kind of flying by the seat of my pants here and after more than a month of completely eating crap and not exercising I expect the first couple checkpoints are going to be U-G-L-Y.

Lean Gains going on

Been reading both “Lift To Run” and “For The Love of Cookies” lately (yay for subscriptions!) and it looks like both of those gals were giving new training methods a shot. I can relate, seeing how the last year has been an eye-opening experience with nutrition and training on my end as well. Discovering gluten, primal, paleo and getting more into bodyweight exercises has really been educational and interesting.
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