Tyler Robbins Fitness

B.Sc. Biochemistry, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT/CF-L3), USA Weightlifting Level 1

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Day 255 - World's Toughest Mudder Recruitment


World's Toughest Mudder 2012 is an easy choice for one of my proudest moments of 2012. I trained all year long, first for Tough Mudder Toronto back in August, and then for the World's Toughest Mudder in November.

Although I am proud of my performance at World's Toughest Mudder, I can't help but feel as though I want to go back and compete again, to do even better than last year. Since I have never competed in an event like this before, I definitely learned a thing or two, which should allow me to prepare for 2013's event!

The goal of this blog is to not only announce my *very early* plans to compete in the 2013 World's Toughest Mudder, but I also want to throw out the word to all of readers and friends online, to see if anyone is willing to come along for this life-changing journey with me, and compete alongside one another in true Mudder spirit!

So, the question you have to ask yourself is, do you want to make 2013 your most memorable year yet? Here is how you get started:

Here is the eligibility requirements from this year's event:

WTM 2012 Eligibility

Before you consider entering World’s Toughest Mudder, you must understand that only those in extreme PHYSICAL and MENTAL condition should even think about this. Not only will you need to be mentally prepared for what you’re signing up for, but you also must earn an entry code by qualifying in one of the ways outlined below.
  1. 2012 Tough Mudder Participants – Complete a 2012 Tough Mudder course (or Florida 2011) in the top 5% of participants on that day. You can report your course time in the first week after the event you run to see if you qualify. Of course, this is self-timed since normal Tough Mudder events are not races, but real Mudders know that lying about something like this is lame.
  2. Wildcard Applicants – Submit a wildcard application to enter on this form. Wildcard applicants are chosen and given an entry code to compete based on eligibility and space available. Tough Mudder reserves the right to only release entry codes to wildcard entrants that we believe have earned it.
  3. 2011 WTM Participants – Anyone badass enough to have participated in WTM 2011 will be given an entry code and treated with utmost respect for returning in 2012.
Probably the easiest (or hardest) way to qualify is to sign up for a regular Tough Mudder event, train for it, succeed at it, and enter your time following the event. Hopefully you will then be a part of the top 5%. I am also here to help you train and be prepared to finish in that top 5%.

Once you have qualified for the 2013 World's Toughest Mudder, let me know, and we can work together to train and prepare for this year's event.

Ideally, I would like to have a team of 4 participants (male or female). 4 is the minimum number of participants to be considered a "team", but more than that may become cumbersome. I may allow 5 or 6 teammates, but 4 is ideal.

Please be forewarned, the World's Toughest Mudder is not for the faint of heart. It requires some serious dedication and determination to succeed and survive.

"World’s Toughest Mudder is the culminating event of the 2012 Tough Mudder Event calendar and takes the concept of being a Tough Mudder to a whole new level. This extreme competition puts the world’s most hardcore Mudders℠ through a grueling 24-hour challenge designed to find the toughest man, woman, and 4-person team on the planet. When the mud settles on November 18th, a select few winners will have bested 500,000 other Mudders worldwide for the right to call themselves the World’s Toughest Mudders!"

So, if you are interested, e-mail me as soon as possible to let me know you are interested, tell me what 2013 Tough Mudder event you are planning on competing in, and what your early plans are to achieve your goal of qualifying for the World's Toughest Mudder. We will then work together from there!

2013 is the year...

Quote of the day:
"There is no royal, flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it. For if I have accomplished anything in life, it is because I have been willing to work hard."
~ C.J. Walker

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Day 252 - Motivation Saturday


I know what motivates me; getting ready for NEXT year's event...

Quote of the day:
"A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier."
~ Anonymous
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Day 230 - More World's Toughest Mudder Photos

I have found some more photos from World's Toughest Mudder. These ones were taken by Dmitry Gudkov. I want to give full credit to him, and if you wish to see more of his tremendous photos, make sure to head on over to his site.

I borrowed a few of his pics, these ones really seem to capture the event for me and give me some memories of what it was like to partake in this amazing event. Man, I am getting so pumped/excited for next year...















Quote of the day:
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
~ Jim Ryan
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Day 221 - World's Toughest Mudder Newspaper Article


Tough Mudder takes on New Jersey

Tough competition. Tyler Robbins recently completed two laps of the World's Toughest Mudder in New Jersey. Todd McEwen
In 24 hours, 1,300 competitors from around the globe were vying to be crowned the World’s Toughest Mudder.
Orangeville’s Tyler Robbins was among that horde.
After qualifying for the event by finishing among the top five per cent at the Toronto-leg of the worldwide tour in August, Robbins and his wife flew to New Jersey, where neither were sure what to expect.
“I was going into this blind,” Robbins said. “It was a great learning experience. I want to do it again next year.”
While he returned to Dufferin soil with only a T-shirt, headband and worn out running shoes, the Orangeville native managed to complete two full laps of the 10-mile course in the allotted 24-hour time frame.
“I did a lap, came back, rested for about half an hour … then went back out for a second lap … then called it quits, because my knees were toast,” he said. “It was the type of the thing where if I had have kept going, I could’ve risked long-term damage.”
When Robbins spoke with The Banner after completing his first Tough Mudder event in August, he said he was surprised by the challenge the hills posed at Mount St. Louis Moonstone. This time around, he pointed to the monkey bars as the most difficult obstacle thrown at him.
“There were a handful of obstacles, where you actually had to do them twice,” he said. “So you’d do the monkey bars … then the course would loop around and you’d end up crawling through mud and you’d go back to do the monkey bars again.
“Now you’re covered in mud, you’re hands are covered in mud, which makes it so much more difficult to try and get across with muddy hands and gloves.”
Like last year, the obstacles and course map weren’t revealed to the competitors until their arrival, which left newcomers like Robbins at a slight disadvantage. 
“I feel they put a lot more design into the course to try and make it more difficult,” he said.
Robbins thanked his sponsor, Kreator, and said once his knees recover, he'll be back in the grind for next year's event.
“I’m going to start preparing for the event in May and look forward to next November."



Quote of the day:
"Motivation will almost always beat mere talent."
~ Norman R. Augustine
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Day 220 - World's Toughest Mudder - What I Learned

In this blog, I will detail what I felt worked and didn't work for me personally at the World's Toughest Mudder event. I tried my best to prepare for this event, but there were many things that I simply had no idea how to prepare for, I ended up learning through experience. Below is a list of things that worked and didn't work for me.

What Worked

5mm Wetsuit - I am actually going to split this one. I have also included this in the "didn't work" category below, so I will explain for both. The 5mm full-body wetsuit worked quite well at keeping me warm in the cold water and the cold temperatures of the day. It did exactly what it was supposed to do by letting in enough water to hold the temperature against my body. For the swimming obstacles, I could definitely feel some cold water seeping in at certain points in the suit, but that water would warm quickly enough that I didn't lose too much body heat.

Strength Training - My strength training, in my opinion, was a perfect fit for this competition. I included a lot of upper body dynamic strength training (P90X2). This included a lot of core training and instability training to improve the durability and coordination of my shoulders, etc. Also included in my training, which I personally feel helped tremendously, was my pullup strength. There are a number of obstacles that required strength to pull myself up onto, and I never felt like I was lacking in that department. If my legs had held up a bit better, I personally think that my upper body would've been good for at least another 2 laps!

Standard Running Shoes - I debated which category to put this into, so I will explain why. First of all, I purchased a pair of Vibram Five Finger "Flow" for this event in particular. I had heard that they were a great shoe for cold water activities. Unfortunately, due to the wetsuit and the design of my shoes, my ankles were exposed, and the Vibrams were quite thin in material, so I decided last minute to go with my plan 'b', which was my standard running shoes. I had 2 pairs, so I used one pair for each lap that I did. Yes they let in the cold water. Yes, they got extremely wet. Having said that, they gave me more coverage on my feet and I felt as though they drained the water rather quickly. Also, with just a little bit of running, my circulating blood was able to warm my feet back up rather quickly after each water obstacle.

Wool Socks - I actually read this suggestion from someone else on a Facebook group. I decided to give the wool socks a shot. They were able to keep my feet warm, but didn't absorb too much of the water that I was in, not to mention I only ended up with 1 blister by the end of the race.

What Didn't Work

5mm Wetsuit - I got so incredibly overheated during my first lap on the course. It was a fairly warm November day and the sun was shining, so even 15 minutes into the race, I was cooking in this thing. Believe it or not, I was actually looking forward to jumping in the cold water obstacles as it helped cool me down a bit. In hindsight, I believe this may have been a bit of my downfall as I think I ended up being quite dehydrated towards the end of my first lap, and my calves started to cramp up on me...BIG time. I think a better solution (in similar weather conditions), would be to have a thinner wetsuit during the day, and keep a 5 or 6mm wetsuit for later in the day/night when the temperature drops.

Distance Running - Leading up to the event, I feel I ran too often, in too short of distances. The longest I have ever run prior to World's Toughest Mudder was a half marathon (21km). If I was to do this again next year, rather than running 2-3 times per week at varying distances, I will run probably once per week, but double or even triple the distances that my training runs consisted of this time around. These runs can be as slow as humanly possible if necessary, but the main focus will be on getting my body used to covering these types of distances.

Diet/Hydration - I was pretty nervous the morning of the event. I get the nervous gut, which makes my appetite essentially disappear. I need to force myself to eat, and eat properly. I learned at the event from listening to other competitors that not only do you need to eat, but eat certain things. It is a given that bananas help with cramping muscles, but you also need to consume salty foods, especially when competing as long as you are in an event like this. I actually saw a fellow competitor who had his tent near mine with about 5 pizza boxes stacked in his tent!

Quote of the day:
"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
~ Mahatma Gandhi

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Day 219 - World's Toughest Mudder - My Experience: Part 3


In part 3, we pick up right where I left off in Part 2, after just conquering Everest!

Swamp Stomp/Log Bog Jog

After leaving Everest behind, we headed into the forest again for a short run before coming across some pretty serious mud pits. Swamp Stomp wasn't necessarily one giant swamp to traverse through, it was more like a series of mud obstacles. Some mud pits were shallow enough to get through easily, but there were a couple of pits that had you up to your armpits, wading through mud.

I would like to point out that these were not filled with muddy water, but thick, sloppy, mud! As one Mudder in front of me remarked, "You could take a diarrhea in here and nobody would notice..."

Electric Eel

After exiting the forest, now that I was covered in mud, I came to my absolute least favorite obstacle at Tough Mudder; Electric Eel. I had commented after completing Tough Mudder Toronto at how much I hated Electric Eel when compared to Electroshock Therapy. I find that at least with Electroshock Therapy, you can run faster to get out of the "live" field as quick as you can. With Electric Eel, you have to crawl through a field of live wires, so moving through it quickly doesn't exactly work.

Hangin Brain

To be honest, I am not too sure what Tough Mudder was aiming to accomplish with this obstacle. It was essentially Berlin Walls 1, but the walls themselves were tilted on about a 20 degree angle towards you. I guess they figured that if the walls themselves were slanted, then they would be harder to get leverage to get yourself up and over, but I really did not see many people struggling with this one at all. Considering the skill level and athleticism of the field of participants, everyone seemed to be clearing this one with little to no problem at all.

If, for some reason, someone could not clear this obstacle, they had a penalty Arctic Enema on hand as well.

Island Hoppin

After Hangin Brain and a very short run, I came up to Island Hoppin. I remember seeing this obstacle in the 2011 WTM video, so I knew what to expect with this one. There are a series of floating platforms that you must jump from one to the next to make your way across. The water here was shallow, so we were informed that if we fell off any of the platforms, we must get back on and continue from there, there was no option to swim to the end of the obstacle.



Pirate's Booty

After Island Hoppin and then a quick jaunt around the lake, it was time to go swimming. Pirate's Booty had us start out with a swim that was about 200m (in my estimation). At the end of the swim, I then had to scale about a 30 foot high cargo net. The lake was very cold, so by the time I was climbing the cargo net, my hands and feet were pretty much numb. It made for an interesting climb to say the least!


Underwater Tunnels

After I was up and over the cargo net, there was another very short run before getting back in the water. This time the swim across the lake was about half the distance as compared to Pirate's Booty, but it was probably worse due to the fact that we had go completely under 3 separate barrels to reach the other side. If I wasn't cold before, I certainly was now!

Balls to the Wall

After exiting the water, it was time to head on over to Balls to the Wall. This is a new obstacle, or least new to me. You basically have to use a rope and only 2 ledges to climb up and over a wooden wall. The picture below shows the backside of the obstacle.

This is where things started to get interesting for me. I am not sure why or how it started, but trying to jump my feet up to the first ledge on Balls to the Wall caused my calves to both seize up on me like nobody's business. I have a feeling I was dehydrated from being a bit overheated in my wetsuit, so I really started to struggle at this point. I collected myself and was able to get up and over the wall, but was definitely starting to hurt!


Drag King

Right after Balls to the Wall came Drag King. Here, there were pairs of tires tied together. You needed to grab a rope and drag the tires about 200m in one direction, then turn around and drag them all the way back. Due to the heat being generated in my wetsuit, I hated this obstacle far more than I probably should've.

Competitors were trying many different techniques at this point just to get those damn tires down and then back up the track.




Mud Mile

Once I got those damn tires back up the track, I headed on a short run over to Mud Mile. A perfect time to get muddy and wet again! Mud Mile at World's Toughest Mudder was definitely taken up a notch compared to what I experienced at Tough Mudder Toronto. There must have been 15 mounds and valleys to climb up, over, and through. Not only that, but each trench had muddy water that came up to chest level.

It was cold, it was muddy, it was difficult to get through...but I have to admit that it was pretty awesome!




Berlin Walls 2

Upon exiting Mud Mile, there was a very short run before coming up to Berlin Walls 2. At the Tough Mudder Toronto event, I struggled to get over the second set of walls simply due to the fact that they were placed so close to the end of the course. I struggled, but made it. Afterwards, I had no doubt in my mind that they were probably the toughest obstacle on the course.

World's Toughest Mudder was no exception. After experiencing some pretty bad calf cramping at Balls to the Wall, I attempted to have a fellow Mudder give me a boost. I managed to get up and grab the top of the wall but just could not muster any jump to get myself up, my calves were toast! I was then forced to take the penalty obstacle - Arctic Enema. Upon exiting the Arctic Enema, I came to the realization that this really was no worse than swimming through a New Jersey lake in November anyways, so ended up opting for this penalty obstacle my second lap as well.


Electroshock Therapy

Last but certainly not least (because Tough Mudder always like to leave this bad-boy for the end) was Electroshock Therapy. Not much else to be said about this one that hasn't already been said before.


Quote of the day:
"If we never felt like a failure, perhaps we have failed to define the meaning of success."
~ Anton Suharyanto

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Day 216 - World's Toughest Mudder - My Experience: Part 2


Part 1 looked at obstacles 1-10.

Boa Constrictor (obstacle 10) really was one of the first times on the course where I was essentially fully submerged in water. The weather was pretty cold that day, as was the water, but my wetsuit was working well to keep me warm. My feet would get quite cold/numb after some of the water obstacles, but as long as I kept moving I didn't fare too badly.

Twinkle Toes

Twinkly Toes was the next obstacle on the course. After just coming from Boa Constrictor, my shoes were wet and muddy, so this was not simply an easy walk across a narrow platform. In typical World's Toughest Mudder fashion, the obstacle was also taken up a notch by adding either a narrower board to walk across, or a few narrow steps in the middle of the plank to walk on. I saw lots of folks falling into the water on this one.

Not only that, but the course looped back to this obstacle as well, so you were forced to complete Twinkly Toes twice each lap.

Walk the Plank

Immediately following Twinkle Toes was Walk the Plank, yet another Tough Mudder staple. Climb up to a 15+ foot high platform and jump into the water below. What makes this so interesting at the World's Toughest Mudder, is how cold the water is. Even with a wetsuit on, your breath gets taken away as soon as you hit that water!

After Walk the Plank, the course looped back around and you got a second crack at Twinkle Toes, then on to the next obstacle.



Kiss of Mud 2

A second bout of Kiss of Mud. I mentioned before at how I prefer the mud on this one. With the wetsuit on, the wetter the better, in my opinion, because you can actually slide along the mud quite easily.

This Kiss of Mud, I felt, had far more large rocks in it when compared to Kiss of Mud 1. Not only that, but the length of time you were crawling under barbed wire was probably double as well. You definitely got a pretty good shoulder burn by the end of this obstacle from pulling yourself through the mud.


Peg Legs (3:58-4:02 in above video)

I found this obstacle fairly basic, although I full admit that I probably worked through it at a slower pace than most. What made this obstacle challenging was the fact that your shoes would be wet/muddy by the time you reached Peg Legs, so you couldn't be certain that you were going to get good traction on the logs.

Smoke Chute (4:03-4:10 in above video)

Shortly after Peg Legs came Smoke Chute. From what I remember in last year's WTM video, this obstacle actually lived up to its name. It had flaps at the entrance and exit to prevent light from entering, and I believe they actually had smoke machines filling the obstacle with smoke.

This year it did not seem to live up to its name. It wasn't really much a smoke chute at all, more like a slide into mud. It consisted of about a 6-foot drop to a slide, where you landed right in mud.

Spider's Web

After Smoke Chute, and about a half mile (muddy) run through the woods, I came to Spider's Web. This is another staple obstacle from Tough Mudder. Nothing too out of the ordinary here. For those of you familiar with this obstacle, the trick is to have a bit of team work. A loose cargo net can be difficult to climb, so if you get the help of some other Mudders to pull down on the net and create tension, it makes climbing much easier.

Hangin' Tough (4:11-4:21 in above video)

Hangin' Tough is one of my favorite Tough Mudder obstacles. At the World's Toughest Mudder, if you fell in the water, you had a 1/8th mile penalty loop to run before proceeding on with the next obstacle.

I was able to get through with no penalty on the first lap (as seen in the video), but fell during the second lap. I chalk that up to not only having muddy gloves, but also virtually no grip strength left after attempting Funky Monkey 4 times by that point.

Dong Dangler (4:22-4:41 in above video)

Immediately following Hangin' Tough, was Dong Dangler. There were many different strategies on this obstacle. Some folks chose to try and slide along the top of the cable, while others (including myself) chose to try and hang from beneath the cable. What I ended up noticing was that if I allowed the lower half of my body to drop into the water, then I could simply just 'skim' across the top of the water and pull myself with the cable. It made for a much quicker and more efficient way of completing this obstacle, in my opinion.


Skidmarked

Following Dong Dangler was a short run over to the back side of the quarter-pipe set up for Everest. For skid-marked, you would simply climb up the back side of the quarter pipe using a rope ladder and then slide down the quarter pipe - Skidmarked!


Following Skidmarked, there was a short run over to the Ladder to Hell again, then off to Everest!

Everest (5:10-5:16 in above video)

Everest is arguable one of the most famous Tough Mudder obstacles. So many folks struggle with the timing and coordination for this one, not to mention the strength needed to not only reach the top of Everest, but to also pull yourself up. This obstacle also exemplifies the Mudder camaraderie as you see so much team work going on here.

I don't mean to brag, but I have never really had any problems with this obstacle whatsoever, it is just one of my strong points. I would say the trick to it is momentum. You want to build up a decent amount of speed, run up the incline as far as you can, and don't jump too early. Allow the momentum your body is carrying to get yourself up majority of the way and the leap from there. Once you grab the ledge, you can either pull yourself up using your own strength or there will most certainly be some other Mudders there to help you out if needed. Once I was up (both laps), I turned around to help a fellow Mudder (or two) out.

It should be noted that if you were unable to make it up Everest, you had to partake in the penalty obstacle which was an Arctic Enema...




Quote of the day:
"Failing ninety-nine times doesn't matter at all if you keep your spirits high and succeed the hundredth time."
~ Unknown

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Day 214 - World's Toughest Mudder - My Experience: Part 1


This blog will be about my experience at the World's Toughest Mudder event. As my very first experience at an event like this, I definitely learned a lot! In future blogs I will detail about things that worked, along with things that didn't work, but today will mainly be a description of what I experienced at the event and how the World's Toughest Mudder stacked up against your regular Tough Mudder events.

I ended up completing 2 laps of the course in just under 7 hours (about 30 minute rest between laps). I will give my insight into each obstacle and lap below.



The Start (0:35-3:19 in video above)

It was pretty humbling at the start of the race being surrounded by so many fit individuals. It was pretty remarkable to think that after all of the Tough Mudder events held in 2012 (over 450,000 participants), that I was standing in a crowd of just over 1300 of the best Mudders!

 
There was a great atmosphere and mood in the crowd, especially when there was gratitude given to the military personal in attendance. The speech given before the race was definitely moving. Reminding us all of the sacrifices folks make every day, not only in the military, but also those fighting illness or disease, and that we have this opportunity to test our mental and physical strength. It was quite inspiring!

Once the race began, there was a good mile or so of running through some mud and water before hitting the first obstacle.

Cliffhanger (3:20-3:29 in video above)

This obstacle was not much of a challenge on the first lap. I tried to get out of the starting gate somewhere in the front half of the pack, so not too many Mudders had traversed this hill at that point. By the time I reached this obstacle on the second lap, things were a bit more interesting, as the hill was a little worse for wear, but still not too much of a challenge to get up.

Berlin Walls 1

For those of you who have completed regular Tough Mudder events, you will be familiar with the Berlin Walls obstacle. There are 2 walls that you must get up and over, both being around 7 feet I believe. We are talking about the top echelon of competitors in this competition so people were flying over these walls like they were hardly there. Certainly not one of the most difficult obstacles on the course.

This obstacle was the first to have a "penalty", where if you could not get yourself over the walls, then you had to make your way through an "Arctic Enema" instead. I don't believe I saw anyone doing the Arctic Enema as I believe everyone was able to make it over the walls.

Kiss of Mud 1

Again, not the most physically demanding obstacle. You army crawl, or barrel roll, through mud, underneath barbed wire. I actually reached this obstacle and had an entire lane to myself so I tried the barrel roll technique. I wouldn't necessarily say that I made it through the obstacle any quicker, and ended up being dizzy by the time I reached the end, so I switched back to your standard army crawl for subsequent attempts at this obstacle.

One thing to note. I felt that this obstacle seemed considerably easier with the wetsuit and with lots of mud. I was able to slide on top of the mud much easier in the wetsuit, making the second time through this obstacle quite easy.

Rock Out with Your Block Out (new obstacle)

The next obstacle on the course involved carrying a standard cinder block along a hairpin loop. You would walk about 100m in one direction and then turn around and come back. Pretty basic stuff. If you have even a decent amount of strength this obstacle was a breeze.

Funky Monkey

Ah yes, good ol' Funky Monkey. The course was set up so that you actually did this obstacle twice. First time through in one direction, then the course looped back on itself and you ended up having to do it again a second time.

First time through this obstacle I made it with no problems at all. Second time through on the first lap was a totally different story. They had the second bout of Funky Monkey follow almost immediately after "Trench Warfare" so everyone was covered in mud, making for very slippery monkey bars. I fell in the water and had to take a short 1/8th mile penalty lap.

I would say that this was one of my most challenging obstacles (mentally) on the course because of how muddy the rungs became. It was very challenging to make it from one side to the other!


Trench Warfare

Underground tunnels that have a few sharp turns. The main difference I noticed here is how muddy these tunnels were. At the Toronto event that I competed in earlier this year, the tunnels were essentially bone-dry when crawled through.

These tunnels, on the other hand, had to have at least a foot of sloppy mud in them. As I said above, it made for a very interesting second bout of Funky Monkey.


Ladder to Hell (new obstacle) (3:30-3:53 in video above)

A relatively basic obstacle, but still requiring some coordination and strength to complete. I am not a huge fan of heights, so this one was interesting for me, but it wasn't too high that I felt unsafe at the top. Pretty basic really, climb up one side and then down the other!

Devil's Beard

I believe they had this obstacle at the side of a hill last year's WTM basically combining it with "Cliffhanger". This obstacle was pretty weak in my opinion. The design of it is a tight cargo net, about 50 feet long (approximately) securely fastened to the ground. You must crawl/walk/roll underneath the net. The idea here is that it forces you to stay low to the ground, potentially burning out your legs or other body parts depending on how you complete it.

This obstacle can be completed rather easily be bending over and walking under the net either sideways or backwards. The net should then slide right over top of your body.

Log Jammin'

Sometimes called by a different name, this obstacle requires climbing over and crawling under a series of logs. Nothing too exciting or different here when compared to your traditional Tough Mudder course.

Boa Constrictor

Another 'staple' obstacle from regular Tough Mudder events, here you slide down a tube (head first) into some mudder water, and then crawl back out the other side, also heading up through a tube.

I felt as though the water on this obstacle was higher than usual. I actually had to fully submerge my head in order to get out of the 'down' tunnel. The toughest part about this obstacle is trying to get out of an inclined tube, while muddy and wet. Wearing a wet wetsuit certainly doesn't help the situation either...

Quote of the day:
"Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future."
- Denis Waitley

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Day 213 - World's Toughest Mudder 2012 Video



Quote of the day:
"We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort."
- Jesse Owens

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Day 210 - Motivation Saturday


Well folks, here it is. By the time you reading this, I will either be about to start, have started, or have completed World's Toughest Mudder. Today (Saturday November 17th) is the day that I have been anticipating for quite some time now. Time to put my hard work to good use! HOO-RAH!

Quote of the day:
"Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t."
~ Jerry Rice
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Day 209 - Why World's Toughest Mudder?

There have been numerous instances in the past few months where people have asked me the same question, "Why is it that you are competing in the World's Toughest Mudder?"

Really, it is not a bad question to ask. Why would anyone in their right mind willingly sign up for a 24-hour endurance event, held in New Jersey, in November? An event that is sure to have plenty of cold water obstacles. Plenty of electrocution. Plenty of mud. Plenty of climbing, running, crawling, and just downright miserable things?

Why would anyone want to do these things?

Short answer: Because I can!

I will get into a number of reasons below, but for those of you who do not wish to read the entire blog, then just remember this. As long as I have this body that can run, climb, swim, and experience an event like this, I am going to do it...because I can.

Why else do you have the body that you do? To sit on a couch and watch TV? To stuff your face full of garbage? To obsess over material items that ultimately at the end of your life have no real meaning?

The rush and feeling of achievement I get when I complete something that I have been working hard towards, trumps anything else I have ever experienced. I enjoy testing myself mentally and physically. We have been given these wonderfully complex and amazing pieces of machinery (our bodies), so why not use them to their full potential?

If someone was to let you borrow the keys to a high-end sports car, would you take it to do your grocery shopping and then park it in your garage to collect dust? No, you would more than likely want to go drive that sucker around testing its performance and capabilities. So why would you allow your body to go essentially unused, sitting around being lazy?

Sure there are plenty of other ways to get active and experience life. I get it. There are many other ways for folks to enjoy life and be active. For me, I don't feel truly alive unless I am pushing myself to my absolute limits. I almost get this out-of-body experience, where I stand back and look at what I have accomplished, what I have worked hard towards. When my lungs and muscles are burning, and my heart feels like it is going to pound right out of my chest. Add-in some mud covering my body, scrapes and cuts, bruises and sores. I can look at myself and know that I have given everything I've got. That rush of excitement is unlike anything else...

My Family

My family has been amazingly inspirational to me. My wife just spent over 5 years of her life working towards, and achieving her PhD in Molecular Genetics! The ups and downs I watched her go through were unlike anything I have seen before. The amount of hard work and dedication she put into her studies have been tremendously inspirational to me.

My son who is just 11 months old works his butt off every day. I know, I know, this seems so trivial to many. He is a baby, that is what babies do right, they learn to crawl, they learn to walk, they learn to grow and mature. But have you ever stopped to think and wonder why the rest of us should be any different? Why do we stop working hard to improve ourselves both mentally and physically? Is it because we have reached perfection? No. There is always something you could be doing to improve yourself in one way or another. Stop wasting your time and do it now.

On top of the inspirational side of things, my wife, son, parents, brother, sister, father and mother in law, have all helped me with words of encouragement and through monetary means to get to this event. I work hard and will be doing this event for them!

A Challenge

I truly feel the most alive when I am doing something that pushes me to my limits, both mentally and physically. Like the sports car analogy above, so few of us have truly pushed our bodies to the limits that we are capable of.

Since I come from a scientific background, not to mention an overall passion and interest for the human body and the science that surrounds it, I am constantly amazed at what the human body can do. The symphony of processes that are carried out within our minds and bodies on a daily basis is absolutely astounding, yet nearly all of us have never, or will never use our minds and our bodies to their true capabilities.

This event may not even bring me to that point either. I may have to bow out of the competition early due to extreme exhaustion, or being ill-prepared equipment-wise, but I can safely say right now that I am willing to do whatever it takes to have zero regrets when I leave New Jersey at the end of this weekend. I want to experience this event for all that it's worth and see what my body and my mind can do!

Support

I made mention to my wife in the past at how much support I have received for this event, both financially and morally. It is one thing to receive family support, it is something completely different when you receive the kind of support that I have from either folks I hardly know, or even complete strangers!

I have a tremendous family, and I never want to take that away from them, and I know they will always be there for me. Having said that, I am forever grateful for the support I have received from folks that, as I said, I hardly know or are a complete stranger to me. The overwhelming amount of support that I have received from my community and folks around the world has truly touched my heart. I compete for all of you as well! (you know who you are)

Another Year Older

Let's face it, none of us are getting older. Time keeps ticking away. I don't want to make this all doom and gloom, but just keep that ticking clock in the back of your head!

My upcoming birthday (November 25th), I will be turning 28 years old. Although this is not a 'milestone' birthday by any means, it is yet another year tacked on. In my opinion, there is no better way to celebrate a birthday, than to put your body through the rigors that I will experience at the WTM. Sure, some people may think drinking their face off, or eating a bunch of cake sounds like a raucous time, but not me. I will have a few beers on my birthday, don't get me wrong, but this is also a tremendous way for me to celebrate getting another year older.

When I am old and wrinkly, and aches and pains are setting in, I really do not want to regret the time I wasted by not using my body when it was young and energetic. What's that saying again? Oh yeah, "Youth is wasted on the young!" I look to prove that quote wrong.

I don't know where this fascination will take me next. I ran into my doctor a little while ago, after she had heard about my plans to compete in the World's Toughest Mudder. Jokingly she said to me, "What's next after this? You are just going to keep going, moving on to other things to top this event!" She is probably right. But the way I look at it, if my biggest concern, as I age, is trying to figure out the next thing to challenge me, then I am a pretty lucky guy.

Quote of the day:
"Learn to appreciate what you have, before time makes you appreciate what you had."
~ Unknown


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Day 205 - World's Toughest Mudder Training Final


Quote of the day:
"It is during our failures that we discover our true desire for success."
~ Kevin Ngo

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Day 204 - Crossfit and a Missed Opportunity...


We all have our own opinions about Crossfit, but let me share something that I saw on a "World's Toughest Mudder" Facebook group today:

"Well looks like my last intense work out has bit me in the ass. Currently I'm sitting in emergency with a confirmed case of rabdo. So fellow mudder I wish you luck I'm going to be sitting this one out."

When asked by someone how it happened, his response was:

"Crossfit angie"

The thing is, if you go investigate what an "Angie" is, it is 100 pushups, 100 pullups, 100 squats, 100 sit-ups. It is not uncommon for myself (or many others) to do far more than 100 pushups and/or pullups and/or squats and/or sit-ups in a workout. The problem here is that this workout (and majority of the other Crossfit WODs) are structured to be done as fast as possible with little regard for form, proper recovery, safety, etc. In my opinion, there is NO benefit to doing this workout as fast as possible when compared to do the same amount of reps in a properly-structured timing scenario...

I have said it before, and I will say it again. There are risks with ANY type of exercise program you choose to partake in, but Crossfit seems to push the boundaries a little sometimes...or maybe it is just the mentality of its participants that it seems to attract. Either way, it's a shame that this guy has to miss out on the very event he was training for because he trained too hard. Stay safe my friends!

Quote of the day:
"When the best things are not possible, the best may be made of those that are."
~ Richard Hooker

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Day 203 - Motivational Saturday


One week today, World's Toughest Mudder!

Quote of the day:
"The person who says something is impossible should not interrupt the person who is doing it."
~ Unknown

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Day 197 - World's Toughest Mudder Training Week 6


Quote of the day:
"The sure way to miss success is to miss the opportunity."
~ Victor Chasles
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Day 196 - Motivation Saturday


World's Toughest Mudder is 2 weeks today, HOO-RAH!

Quote of the day:
"Men do less than they ought, unless they do all they can."
~ Thomas Carlyle
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Day 191 - World's Toughest Mudder Equipment/Gear


Equipment (all prices are in Canadian Dollars):

VibraFive Finger "Flow" Shoes = $72
Humboldt SQ 3mm Gloves = $20
Pelican m 2130 Mini Flasher = $12
Petzl "Tikka Plus" 70 Lumens Headlamp = $37
BARE 5mm Sport Full Wetsuit = $249.95
BARE Elastek Coldwater hood = $59.95
Total = $509.52 (including 13% tax)

Quote of the day:
"The start is what stops most people."
~ Don Shula

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Day 190 - World's Toughest Mudder Training Week 5


Quote of the day:
"I realized early on that success was tied to not giving up. Most people in this business gave up and went on to other things. If you simply didn’t give up, you would outlast the people who came in on the bus with you."
~ Harrison Ford
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Day 184 - World's Toughest Mudder Training Week 4 (Recovery Week)


Schedule:


Week 4 of my World's Toughest Mudder Training (Recovery Week):

Day 1 - Recovery
Day 2 - Hockey
Day 3 - 8km run
Day 4 - Core Synergistics
Day 5 - Yoga
Day 6 - 8km run
Day 7 - Recovery


Quote of the day:
"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."
~ Helen Keller
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Day 176 - World's Toughest Mudder Training Week 3 Video


Quote of the day:
"The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it."
~ Henry David Thoreau

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