Tough It Out: Tahoe Tough Mudder

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Tomorrow K and I are doing a Tough Mudder with a group of friends in Tahoe, CA. I signed us up after watching Kyle complete a Spartan Race, jealous as I watched him complete the race from the sidelines. Jealousy can be a real kick in the ass because tomorrow is going to be tough. We have an awesome group of friends who decided to join us and we’ll be staying at a friend’s cabin (which means Campbell can come!).

I have a lot of emotions about tomorrow (then again, I’m a fairly emotional person who operates in the 9 to 10 range of the emotion scale). It’s the last “thing” that we are supposed to do before our wedding in Marfa, TX on Saturday, August 23. First off, I’m slightly freaking out because I haven’t trained really for this race. In fact, I have done the opposite of train…let us not bring up the pintxos incident(s) and the rampant white bread consumption that happened in Europe (mentioned in this post). Don’t even get me started on what happened for my last dress fitting at Marina Morrison Bridal Salon in San Francisco, where I was lovingly told that I needed to lose a few pounds in order to fit into my beautiful Anna Maier Ulla Maija wedding gown (damn you, Europe). Second, the Tough Mudder is TOUGH. I probably should have thought about that when I clicked submit, huh?

For those who are thinking “What the heck is a Tough Mudder?” or “Isn’t that some kind of candy bar?”, let me explain. A Tough Mudder is a half marathon mixed with 15 or so obstacles. There are varying forms of obstacle races out there, but Tough Mudders are supposed to be done with a team (although, I’ve heard other “Mudders” are quite friendly and help you along the way should you decide to go it alone). It’s not for the faint of heart and/or the athletically challenged. And, it’s probably best not done the week before your wedding. [Note to reader: For an interesting perspective on the obstacle race phenomenon, click here.]

In the airport, my friend Karen and I were looking at videos trying to plan out our strategy to complete the race. We’re both height challenged ladies (I’m 5’1”), so it’s important for us to know what we are getting into, especially with tall obstacles. Some of the videos we looked at are here, here, and here. The two obstacles that I am least looking forward to are the Arctic Enema and the Electroshock Therapy. Fun fact: There are 60k pounds of ice that will be inserted into a dumpster for tomorrow’s Tahoe Tough Mudder and the average temperature of the ice water is 34 degrees. Finally, and this is kind of the least of my concerns, I don’t want to be damaged goods for our wedding the following week. I already have tan lines that I need to get rid of, so I am just hoping I don’t have to also deal with a sprained ankle or black eye. Cross your fingers!

For your enjoyment, here are some pictures from our Tahoe trip. Let’s hope I make it out alive – as the signs at the race say “You signed a death waiver”. I’ll keep you posted!

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