Laser beans. The fucking thing says laser beans. I mean.
Laser beans. The fucking thing says laser beans. I mean.
And it didn't require any laser beans.
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I'd recommend the manual battery, one of the tobacco flavors (Kamel, Red) and probably 16mg nicotine. It's the same size and shape as a cigarette.
This one seems popular as well
Think how nice it's going to be when you kick the habit and get to see how happy your family is, beaning with pride at your resolve and character.
Thanks for sharing, BD! Fantastic to hear that the event took place without a real hitch (other than the long lines).
I must get your opinion on one obstacle: Electroshock Therapy.
Also, I'd be curious as to your level of fitness. Given it's 12 miles, my assumption is you'd need to be in sufficient shape to run a marathon. Logic based on distance and obstacles. However it seems like people walk it? Thoughts?
I want to be *somewhat* prepared. Looking to do the TM in AZ in January.
northside groove...southside groove....eastside groove...westside groove
Next time I'm going to climb the mountain waaaaay more and do a ton more incline because that climb plus altitude is an ass kicker.
Signing up for the 2012 Norcal one in mid September. Got a team of about 15 people rounded up for this. I'm already really excited. Blue Devil or Caco, is it true that approximately 20% of the participants don't finish the event? If 1 is a cinch and 10 is the hardest thing you've ever done, how would you rank the Tough Mudder?
T-minus 10 days until Phoenix for me. Like you, rasooli, I have a team of about 10 friends or so. At first, our team name was the Cunning Runts, but their wives didn't take too kindly to the name. Alas, we are now A Case of the Runs.
Hope you both rock it and get to wear your orange headbands with pride.
Good luck BOP, fill me in on how it goes!
BD, I've heard they make each TM harder year after year, so my NorCall course might be tougher than yours.
There is another big obstacle course that has been making waves as of late called The Spartan Race. Its supposed to be as tough, if not tougher than Tough Mudder. I might do that after I do TM.
The Spartan Race is nowhere near the level of the Tough Mudder.
I survived. Will have a full write-up tomorrow. Here's my photo post-electroshock therapy:
me finishing hell.jpg
Completed in 2 hours, 55 minutes. Instead of having 10 friends run, it was myself and 2 of my friends.
First, it should be mentioned that you will get muddy and wet often. Secondly, I'll leave the worst for last. As the course was mainly flat, we had multiple occurrences where we had to run over piles of loose asphalt and a few trenches which we had to climb down and climb up out of (spectacular sentence on my part). Onto the obstacles (at least the ones I can remember/ones that are worth writing about), in no particular order!
Kiss of Mud - not too bad, crawling on your arms and knees. Barbed wire above your head, so keep close to the ground. There are a few variations of this obstacle throughout the entire course.
Arctic Enema - first experience with water! And it.was.cold. You hop into a small pool of water, medium-depth. You see a wall in front of you, and it partially goes underwater, and the objective is to swim under it to the other side. At first the water was green, but it was mud-colored (surprise!) by the time we jumped in. As I dove under to swim below the wall, I began to emerge on the other side. When I got to the other side of the wall, I realized that the temperature had dropped even more. The crew took the liberty of dumping ice cubes on that side of the pool. Thanks!
Berlin Walls - there were 3 of these obstacles throughout the course, each containing a pair of walls you had to climb over. Each wall had a plank nailed flush to the wall which you could use to hoist yourself up and grab the top of the wall. The first set contained walls that were 10' tall, so they weren't too bad. The second and third sets, however, were each 12' tall, making it a bit more difficult. I had a couple of sternum rubs as I picked myself up and over the walls, so I was a bit upset when I finished.
The Devil's Beard - the net which you have to walk/run/crawl under. There's a strategy which you can use here to make it quite manageable: as soon as you go underneath the net, turn around, bend over, and walk backwards. Super easy if you use this method.
Mystery Obstacle - Zombiepocalypse - a couple of broken down cars which you get to jump over and a lot of tires that you get to run through. Lots of mudders took it upon themselves to hop on the cars for long periods of time.
Twinkle Toes - a balance beam consisting of planks of wood which are a few inches wide and about 15-20 yards long. This was tough, and when you get to the mid-point of the beam, the beam itself starts wobbling uncomfortably. Keep taking deep breaths and take your time. I, however, lost focus once ADD kicked in and fell in the water about 3/4 of the way. Note: long lines for this as we waited for about 10 minutes before we crossed.
Logjammin' - appropriate name as this was the LONGEST wait. We were in line for over 20 minutes. This consisted of logs which you had to climb over and duck under (barbed wire on the logs which suggest you to go under).
Walk the Plank - climb your way up to the plank and jump into the frigid water below. You're about 15' high when you take the plunge, and the water is really deep below as my feet didn't touch the bottom.
Everest - the quarter-pipe which you get to run up. It looks pretty imposing as it's quite tall, and the mix of mud and water certainly helps! There are fellow mudders at the top for a reason. I stayed up there for a while helping some mudders climb up. It's all about the camaraderie!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v...type=2&theater - I was second to run.
Hold Your Wood - if you are with a team, you get the choice of having team members carry a log or you can individually carry a block of wood...for a 1/2 mile.
Jumpin Bale - jump from hay bale to hay bale. Don't fall. There are some chords on each bale, so don't get caught up! A buddy of mine almost had a disaster on the last one he jumped from as his foot got caught temporarily while he was in mid-jump.
The Dodgy Obstacles
Jump Over - not sure if this was the actual name, but this obstacle occurred within the first half of the race. You run up a hill and find that you have to jump from cliff to cliff. The fall would hurt quite a bit as it is about a 4' or 5' drop. As you progress, the distance from each cliff seems to widen. Oh, and there are about 15 jumps which you need to make, so you feel like it's never going to end. Momentum is your friend.
Mud Hill - a mound of mud which is about 20-25' tall which you need to climb. There were about 30 people on this at once, all pushing and pulling each other up. I was a bit worried on this one as if one domino fell, it could get ugly. You start in a pool of mud where water is about waist-high. This is at the base of the mound, and then you climb up.
Funky Monkey - monkey bars which are shaped like the roof of a pointed house. While the bars aren't greased, each of them rotate. I made it to the apex before I fell into the...wait for it...frigid water! A buddy of mine was able to complete this, MAJOR props.
Electric Eel - this just sucks. It's a combination of Kiss of Mud and the-obstacle-which-for-the-time-being-shall-not-be-named. You crawl low to the ground, with water everywhere, and you have the dangling electrical wires throughout. For the first quarter, I wasn't getting zapped. But then, it started to kick in:
I'm crawling on your right, and was getting shocked multiple times. Each shock was felt at the base of my spine, and it never got better. As you can see, right when we think we have cleared it, we get shocked one last time. This is a mean fucking obstacle.
Electric Shock Therapy - mother.fucker. I don't speak in hyperbole, nor am I one to exaggerate, but this was seriously one of the worst fucking experiences of my life. Originally, the obstacle was designed for you to run straight through. Then, you had to climb over some bales of hay. Now? They actually set up several walls that you have to run (ha!) around. As my friends and I approached, I exclaimed that the Tough Mudder was a blast and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. That attitude quickly changed. As we approached, there was a sign that read, "Real Mudders run, they don't crawl." I kept this in mind. Briefly. The 3 of us lined up, and we took off...only to be greeted most rudely. I dropped to the ground and, upon remembering that sign, tried to stand up and run again, except this time I get CRUSHED by a LARGER SHOCK than the first one. How do I know? Simple: I blacked out. It was the strangest sensation: I felt like I lost a few seconds as my life fast-forwarded and I was in the muddy water again with no recollection of what happened. At this point, I wanted to get the FUCK out of there...only to be greeted by ANOTHER blackout shock. Apparently as I hit the water, my eyes were wide open. The next thing I know, my vision is clouded due to the water. As I try to come to and clear my eyes, I get shocked a couple more times and crawl out of electric jungle hell.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v...type=2&theater - I'm the second one crawling past the second wall.
Afterwards, I was still in shock (ha!) as to how awful that obstacle treated us. Each of us got knocked out momentarily. As we walked away and grabbed our orange headbands, I couldn't shake what just happened. My head felt fuzzy. Kind of like when you drink so much that you just feel stupid. A good night's sleep took care of that, but it wasn't fun walking around with cobwebs in my head the remainder of the day.
Today, my knees are a bit raw, my chest is red, and my feet are sore. I had an absolute blast and would do it again. Just not anytime soon.
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Thanks for the write up. I'm doing the NorCal one with a group in September, as well. Electric Eel/Electric Shock are both taking place at ours, too. I'm really not looking forward to that.
Instead of the Funky Monkey, they're doing a 15' vertical rope climb. Anybody have tips how to even train for that (besides the obvious)? I haven't had to climb a rope since 8th grade.
*based upon tedious fact checking.
For the Electric Eel I wondered aloud how you can prepare yourself to get shocked. I asked my buddy to punch me in the face, but quickly re-negged that offer.
As for the rope climb, I'd work on some shoulder & back pulling exercises. Tough Mudder also has suggested training which can help you through certain obstacles, too.
Oh, and since we had so much fun, we are going to be doing the Tough Mudder in SoCal on 7.7.12. Still on a high!
So yeah, I give it up to you, good stuff
"Congratulations! Your finish time at Tough Mudder Arizona was among the top 5%, and you have qualified for World's Toughest Mudder 2012!"
We're doing a small group, so I think we're all going to try for a decently competitive time, as well.
I'm not too worried about the electric stuff. While rehabbing my knee years ago, I had to do like twenty-something 30-minute electroshock sessions to rehab my quad back from atrophy. I can't imagine that it feels much worse than that. Also, I suspect that most people aren't used to the feeling of electrical shock, so it's mostly the surprise.
*based upon tedious fact checking.
Less than 2 months for SoCal #2! Bring it!
anyone in CA participating this year?
Oh wow, i didn't know there was a thread for this. I did a TM last year and it was a blast. Doing it again this year in June.
If anyone has any questions about the training or obstacles let me know. I lost nearly 20 lbs preparing for it last year.
please, just fire off some general info. I'm aiming for the August date out here.
I'm mostly curious about the shocking bit, really the only thing that gets my heart going. Lol. though any training and obstacle info would be great.
I did Tough Mudder back in October with a few friends of mine, and we all loved it. Here's what I can say about it:
The Event - overall
The one I did was in the mountains of West VA. It was really organized with the start times and registrations and such. Our event was sold out, but the crowd thinned out pretty quickly during the obstacles and we never found ourselves having to wait more than a minute really to complete an obstacle.
The obstacles lived up to the events name - tough and muddy. As others previously posted, you're going to spend the entirety of these obstacles covered in wet mud, which will make nearly all of them more difficult. Here's a few anecdotes from doing them:
Kiss Of Mud - this one is pretty simple and straightforward: you crawl in mud under barbed wire. What made this difficult was that it was the first one on the course, and damn was that mud cold to your dry body. What also added to it was that there was some guy on the side spraying the entire obstacle down with a garden hose, and if you showed any grit or struggle, he held the water on you for a while. I've decided that if I ever volunteer at one of these, I'd like to have that jerk's duty haha.
Arctic Enema - This is one of the most feared obstacles on the course. You basically jump into a giant dumpster filled with ice-water and move from one end of it to the other, while having to fully submerge under a wooden board in the middle. There is no real way to train for this; the strategy behind it was just jump in and get out as quickly as possible. If you stay in there too long, your body/muscles will start to numb on you and it will only get more difficult to move. After you get out, keep moving (jumping jacks, etc) to regain your body heat. The water in our event sat at about 28 degrees all day.
Funky Monkey - Monkey bars! These were, unfortunately, not like the fun ones at the playground when we were kids. First, they're spaced 1.5 feet apart, so you've got to reach with all your might. The bars also rolled a bit, which made them very difficult to grip, especially when your hands are already covered in mud. And as if that wasn't bad enough, the bars went in an upward direction during the first half, and then back down during the 2nd half (the latter half being the tougher one, since your bodyweight brings you down even more). This one got the better of me; I made it to the 2nd to last bar before I finally slipped in my grip and fell into the cold pink water below.
Electric Eel - The first of the two electric shock obstacles, you must crawl really low through a shallow pool of cold water with live electric wires hanging above (well, not really above; most hang low enough to the point where they're unavoidable). The wires didn't hurt, but they pack enough punch to make you significantly flinch. Kinda like sticking a fork into an electrical socket. The key to this one, again, was to go as fast as possible, which is pretty difficult when you're crawling. I swear I got hit by the same wire about 3 times towards the end. In my opinion this was the more difficult of the two electric shock obstacles since you're crawling, moving alot slower than you would be if you were running.
Electroshock Therapy - Probably the most known obstacle in the course, this was (and is always) the last one on the course. As others have said, you just sprint through a muddy field of live wires. You'll encounter smaller obstacles like mud pits and hay-bales; just get in and out as quickly as you can. Don't try to dodge them or whatever. This one was honestly rather easy, and I say that because you just ran in and that was it. The wires hit but it was all quick and nothing knocked us down. The being said, we may have been lucky in that regard, as I saw plenty of people go down on this one. Maybe we didn't hit the really bad wires.
My roommate (who also did it with me) put together a good workout plan to prepare for this. It was a 6-day a week plan to involved 3 days of weight lifting and 3 days of cardio (running and the sorts). The weight lifting focused on lighter weights with more reps to build endurance and muscle adaptation. I'm an 8 year martial artist so I have a fitness background but I can definitely say that this kind of training was the way to go. In regards the training, I highly recommend pull-ups (they'll help your upper body out on any obstacle that involved pulling yourself), free weights, and most importantly for the running: vita/fitness trails. Trails that involve mini obstacles (like do pushups here, pull ups here, situps here, climb over this) did WONDERS for endurance. Find one in a park near you or make up your own, you'll be surprised at how much it can engage your fitness level.
Like I said, I lost nearly 20 lbs training for it. If you (or anyone else) wants more details on the specifics of the plan, let me know and I'll be happy to help.
And any more questions about the event or obstacles, fire away.
The shock portion is probably the only thing on my mind. I've been in pretty darn cold water a few times, as much as it sucks this one isn't on my mind as much. The training is what I'm currently looking in to, along with recruiting a team. I may be up to 4 total so far.
How long were your workouts, and how far in advance did you start training?