So I took a vacation last week, and it ended in spectacular style. I completed the Pittsburgh/Ohio Valley Tough Mudder, and it was awesome. I’m looking forward to doing another in the future.
If you’ve never heard of Tough Mudder you must be living under a rock. Basically, it’s a 10 to 12 mile mud covered obstacle course. And when I say mud covered, that’s an egregious understatement. There was so much mud that even the mud was covered with mud. Tough Mudder is not a race. There is no clock. How fast you finish doesn’t matter. That you finish and that you help others finish: that’s what matters. It’s about giving your all and making sure the person next to you does the same. That’s pretty much all you need to know. Here are some photos of the fun things I got to do. A good bit of the course wasn’t accessible to spectators so I only have photos of about half of the obstacles.
Next time I’ll get an even longer course. They have a special extra bit for Legionnaires (repeat Mudders). I really wanted to do the Fire in your Hole obstacle (a waterslide with fire you go through at the bottom before it launches you into a pool of water), but I was a first timer so I didn’t get to. Next time though, that beast will be conquered. I can promise you that.
“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are. It will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit you as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. ” – Rocky Balboa