Well two weeks saw me take on the ultimate physical and mental challenge : Toughmudder!
I packed my lovely pink trainers away and took an old pair that I would be saying bye bye forever to! Once the suitcase was packed and we were ready to leave Swansea there was no turning back as we made our way to Winchester.
What an incredible experience!
Who would have thought being electrocuted, jumping in a pool of ice, crawling through mud pits and jumping from a height of 25ft whilst running 12 miles would be so much fun?
I know what you’re thinking …”Um, no Tara that sounds ridiculous and insane”
Yep, you’re probably a little bit right but it was AMAZING!
It all kicked off up in Winchester where Justin and I took on the challenge along with Dean & Rob. We also had the uber glamorous Angela Jay and Gemma with us for support, motivation and official photographers and camera girls.
We had an early start in a massive field with kick off at 8am. So once we’d handed in our Death Waiver and dropped off our bags we were ready for action. After a quick warm up we were moved on to the start line…..but you had to jump over a fence about 8ft high first (Enter my first thought of doubt…OMG I’m not gonna get over that!), but I had no choice. The boys told me if I can’t get over on my own, I’ve got no chance.
Following the first mile running the obstacles started. I won’t go through them all but I’ll highlight the best (or worst) ones….
After Kiss of mud #1 and Glory blades was Walk the Plank.
No hesitation, 25ft up and I jumped in. The water was freezing but I was so chuffed that I jumped it first time!
Then we took on Log jamming (hard, as they greased the logs)
Human Gecko then my toughest one Arctic Enema.
OMG – I know what freezing really does feel like. I jumped in, popped my head up (mistake, I should have gone straight under the wood panel). I thought ‘Take 2 deep breaths and get under’
I was frozen; I couldn’t breathe in or out. My mind was telling me to go under and my hand was under the wood so I could feel where I was going but I just couldn’t breathe. So the event supervisor grabbed me to the side and next thing I was being dragged out. It wasn’t until I was out that I managed to actually shout ‘get me out’, bit late at that point, but at least I jumped in!
So on we went approx 4 miles in and made our way through
- Kiss of mud #2
- Boa Constrictor
- Funky Monkey (I was more of a funky swimmer)
- Mud Mile (Eewwww)
- Hold your wood (I did help the boys honest)
- Fire Walker
- Island hopping (think total wipeout)
- Trench Warfare
- Electric Eel – oh no, the first of being electrocuted. Mine wasn’t that bad as I only got hit once but the boys (a bit bigger than me) really got it!
- Hero carry (Justin = hero, Tara = carried )
- Hero Walls (OMG so high!)
- Cage Crawl (totally immersed in cold water with enough room for your face to breathe and hands to pull yourself through a cage)
- Everest (Sprint up a half pipe and hope you get helped up – I did first time!! Yahoo!)
- And the big finale
- Electroshock Therapy.
This was the biggy we were all a bit scared of, so Dean and Rob ran through getting hit at all angles then it was me and Justin to go. As we were running through knee deep mud and getting zapped all over the place, Justin was totally KO’d by a shock and fell right in front of me in the mud.
OMG Tara…just watch the mud and don’t fall down….
Again Justin was zapped and KO’d a second time on the floor and luckily for me (on the grand scheme of things) I made it through without falling but feeling the force about 6 times!
We made it!!!! And to celebrate our completion in 2 ½ hours (which we were totally shocked by as we’d estimated about 4 hours!), we were awarded our Toughmudder headbands, tshirt and pint of Strongbow!
After a much needed shower and protein bar for the guys at USN, we decided to entertain ourselves watching other toughmudders get electrocuted. It was so funny, i could have watched for hours!!
Now, after reading that you may be thinking you fancy giving it a shot yourself?!?!?
Well, there’s gonna be one in Wales in September and I am sooooooo going to spectate and watch the event on Sunday 22nd (if you fancy going give me a shout, I’m up for meeting a fab group of people up there for a day out! – wonder if my TARAnsformers will be up for it?)
So that’s my weekend in a nutshell and apart from grazed and bruised knees & elbows I have incredible memories and I’m so thankful of my amazing Toughmudder Team Justin, Dean, Rob, Angela and Gemma seeing me through it!
Keep Fit, Fab & Dirty
P.S I celebrated with a well earned glass of Prosecco to transform back into girly Tara afterwards xx