We then headed down the rest of the skill hill, then back up of course, encountering Berlin Walls, and also lots of wind. By the time I was approaching Underwater Tunnels, I was as cold as I have ever been in my life from what I can remember!
This may have been what saved me at the half-way point of the run. The water felt extremely warm. Although it probably wasn't more than about 70 degrees, since the air was so cold, there was steam coming off the lake, and the water felt so nice, bringing a bit of feeling back to my legs and hands.
We then had a pretty length run before reaching our next obstacle Balls to the Wall. This obstacle is new to Tough Mudder Toronto, although I had experienced a much tougher version of it at World's Toughest Mudder.
Yet another hill climb, and then I carried my wife for about 200m or so for Wounded Warrior Carry.
Another fairly lengthy run, including some swampy much we traversed through, until we reached Smoke Chute. Once again, this was a new obstacle to Tough Mudder Toronto, but I had encountered it before at World's Toughest Mudder.
The next obstacle we came across, also new to Tough Mudder Toronto, was Cage Crawl. Here, you must lay on your back and 'float' through the water under a metal cage, pulling yourself along. I was not very comfortable in this obstacle at all. You essentially need to keep your face as close to the cage as you 'crawl' under it, in order to keep your nose and mouth out of the water. By the time I got to the end, I actually felt quite dizzy. Not sure if it was from the cold, the water, the water in my ears, laying on my back, or a combination of any of the above. I guess I am just a big sissy because my wife came out of this one saying she felt very relaxed...
Boa Contrictor was next, which is a Tough Mudder staple.
We then had one hill climb left prior to Everest and finishing off with Electroshock Therapy. That last hill climb was just murder on my wife's legs. Well, I guess the combination of all of the previous hills took a lot out of her, but that final hill was really tough on her, to the point where she had to stop and massage her one leg a bit as it had cramped up so badly.
I don't mean to toot my own horn, but I have had no problems with Everest in the past, getting up on my very first try at Tough Mudder Toronto 2012, but also on both of the laps I completed at World's Toughest Mudder. Having said that, it took me 3 attempts to make it over this time. I think that is a testament to the conditions we faced at this year's event (cold, windy, etc.) my legs were fatigued, and my grip was basically non-existent as I tried to scale that sucker.
Obviously with my heart condition I was unable to run through Electroshock Therapy at the end, but my wife, the trooper, went at it alone and made it through with a few zaps!