On Saturday I survived the Tough Mudder Tampa event. This was pure craziness. In a race where you have to sign a “Death Weaver” to participate that is saying a lot. Go here for my pre-race review. It describes the craziness of this event.
Screw Muddy Buddy this was a SERIOUS course. It was just under 12 miles and about 22 obstacles. Every lake, ditch, creek, etc on that cattle property we swam, crawled and/or slopped through. You were constantly wet and extremely muddy.
|Crazy, muddy angel finisher. Somehow he was able to keep the|
angel halo on the entire race but he lost his pink wig on the
Here is a taste of what you had to endure for 12 miles. First you had to jump and swim in a dumpster filled with colored ice water. They were dumping in a back hoe of ice just before we jumped into the water. There was mud crawls under bob wire, underwater tunnels, a HUGE mountain of hay to climb, rope climbs, flame runs, etc. And don’t forget you had run through a muddy pit with dangling electric wires. To make it worse they sprayed you down with a hose BEFORE you got shocked to make the experience that much more “enjoyable.” Below is only a SMALL list of what they put us through.
|The crazy high hay barrel climb.|
This race has it all (see here for a course description):
- Running 12 miles
- Electroshock Theropy (some have 10,000 volts)
- Mud pits filled with ice cubes
- 15ft hall wall jumps into lakes
- Underwater tunnels
- Mud Crawls with barbwire overhead
- Huge mountains of hay to climb
- Spider web rope climbs
- Huge monkey bars that are sometimes greased with butter
- 4ft high flame runs
- Rope river crossings
- Wall climbs
- Trenches filled with mud
- Cargo net crawls
- Bridge climbs
- Swamp bog crossings (watch out for the alligators)
- Tire Tunnels
- Hay bail jumping
- High pressure water jets
- Telephone log carrying
The race even had a tattoo parlor (a REAL tattoo parlor ON SITE) where you could get your Tough Mudder tattoo. There was also a barber shop on site to get you mohowk and mullet haircut. There was beer everywhere. They even gave you a free beer the second you finished the race. After the race there were food trucks, fair food, live bands on stage, keg tossing contests and of course more beer.
|Pre-race photo of hat and shirt.|
|A better shot of the ugly sweater that screamed |
get me muddy and mess me up.
My friend and I dress up with silly, monster, kids hats and horrible Christmas sweaters for the race. I wore that ugly sweater and hat the whole event without losing them. I should get a award just for accomplishing that.
You if ever get the change to do a Tough Mudder race DO IT. It was great.
I highly suggest you look at the photos of the event here.
|The race number barely made it through the whole race.|
|The Tough Midder orange headband.|