I'm going back to World's Toughest Mudder!
Well, it's official. I am heading back to New Jersey this November to compete in the World's Toughest Mudder for my second time. I would be lying if I said that I haven't been thinking about the World's Toughest Mudder since I left last November. I vividly remember leaving the park with my wife, I was delirious with exhaustion/pain, asking my wife if I could come back next year. It was probably eerily similar to that flash-forward scene in Lost when you find out that the castaways had left the island. In fact, I probably looked about as beaten down as poor Jack did.
Heading into WTM 2012, I was experiencing a lot of firsts. I had never competed in a World's Toughest Mudder before. I had never run more than 21km before. I had never worn a wetsuit before (besides testing mine out here and there). I had never experienced some of these obstacles before. On top of all of that, majority of the details surrounding the WTM are shrouded in secrecy leading up to the event to add that extra bit of uncertainty for the participants!
I know it sounds like I am making excuses, but I am not. I was very happy with my performance at WTM 2012, as I definitely left everything out there that day. I take full responsibility for my shortcomings that day, but I now know of areas that I can improve on based on my experience from that event!
Chances are, the event this year will be shrouded in secrecy yet again, so I will not be able to prepare for it 100%, but I will certainly have a better understanding of what to expect and how to prepare both physically and mentally. I have also reviewed my "What I Learned" blog from last year's event.
Over the coming weeks and months, I will be blogging about my preparations and planning leading up to November 16th 2013. Right now, I am in my early planning stage, figuring out what equipment/gear I will want to pick up, as well as starting to formulate a training schedule.
All of the training, gear purchasing, traveling, accommodations, etc. that is involved in an event like this costs a small fortune. Last year, I had such a tremendous out-pouring of support from not only individuals who I have never met before, but also family and friends who helped me reach my goal. Not only that, but I had a local company - Kreator Equipment, sponsor me and fund raise for me, helping me reach my goal.
This year is no different. I have gear left over from last year, obviously, but I still need funds for various things such as those listed above. I always budget these expenses, and my wife is so incredibly supportive of my goals, but if any little bit helps! I have a Paypal account if you wish to help me on my journey.