Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by awptickes, Mar 13, 2012.
So, who is doing it this year?
I probably am.
A director at my work challenged me to do it.
So I have a half planned shortly(can run one now, just going to straight training for "time"). I'm also in beer drinking shape so I need to lose my gut and get light. Once I get there, the tough mudder shouldn't be "that" tough.
I want to do one. I've been getting back in shape for about 3 weeks now, so we'll see how I'm doing by late summer/fall.
Tough Mudder is too far of distance for my taste. If I train for something with that many miles, I lose significant muscle mass.
I try to stay to the shorter, faster races.
Rugged Maniac does a 5k. Some of the Spartan Races are 5k. Warriors Challenge has some fun stuff as well - we ran for a mile with a 40lb sandbag on our back, had a pull up contest, 2min max burpee contest, and then a static overhead press and hold of the 40lb sandbag after we soaked it in ocean water.
There's some other stuff that the Wounded Warriors foundation puts on or charities put on that I'm sure my Crossfit Box will get involved in and I'll likely do.
http://www.ruggedmaniac.com/ - This is the first and only mud/obstacle race that I ran so far. I was in the top 10% overall last year but I didn't train for it. I'd like to try to win the thing or at least place in the top 10 this year.
http://www.warriorchallenge.com/ - I did this last year and was not in cardio shape. I had been training to fight and to lift heavy, so the run in the sand, with the sandbag gassed me.
I think I'm going to add 10 lbs of ankle and wrist weights.
Not sure if that was a joke or not...
Those weights cause strain on the muscles/bone and it's almost like having your ankle weighted to reset a bone break. They're a fad from the 80s that are well past their prime.
It's just the nature of the races, that you're going to lose body mass if you're competing in a distance race. There's a picture that has been making its rounds on Facebook of a sprinter vs marathoner. The sprinter looks healthy and decently built whereas the marathoner looks like a cancer patient.
Tough Mudder is 11miles so it's not a half marathon but if you intend to have an aggressive pace, you're definitely going to lean out real fast if you're training for the mileage.
If you want to increase the difficulty, get a pack (like a camelback sort of deal) and use it to pack weight on your back for when you're training.
It's kinda a joke. A lot of people train with a 16lb kettelbell. I thought about it for a while, then after talking to my martial arts master he told me that I absolutely should not do that. He said it's good for jumping, but that's it.
I already run distance with a camelbak, and it helps quite a bit with endurance. Last time I did the TM, I didn't have anything but gloves, athletic pants, and vibram five fingers. No underwear, no socks, no shirt, and it totally helped when getting out of the water (all six or seven times.)
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