Each 'Mudder' is required to make the Tough Mudder Pledge before competing;
- I understand that the Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge
- I put teamwork and camaraderie before my course time
- I do not whine – kids whine
- I help my fellow Mudders complete the course
- I overcome all fears
Personal Trainer Justin Beinke discussed his experience competing in the Tough Mudder. Having just completed it for the second time on the 19th of January, he's already keen to have another shot in September despite still recovering from his cuts and bruises. He exclaimed "pain and injuries won't stop me from doing it again!"
So what is it that makes him so eager to participate again? He described the immense satisfaction from crossing over the finish line and looking back on all the fears that he overcame. He recalled one obstacle in particular called 'Walk the Plank', which included diving off a 5m platform into freezing cold water. He experienced a mental block from his fear of heights, explaining that it was as though there was a glass wall in front of him preventing him from making the jump. He said having his teammate present helped him endure and push forward.
This event is all about teamwork and teambuilding. Working together to help and support each other - whether physically pushing each other through the course, or mental motivation when spirits hit a low.
Choosing to compete as a team changes the event from its more serious, competitive nature, to a more enjoyable, humorous event. Justin recalled running along the course and seeing costumes such as a team dressed up as Power Rangers tossing a football to each other along the way and across each obstacle.
The atmosphere of this event is up to each Mudder. Justin made it clear that just about anyone who enjoys fitness and a good challenge could and should have a go! Statistically 25% of Mudders are women and they are greatly encouraged to compete alongside their male counterparts and prove just how tough they really are!
Not only does this course provide each Mudder with several challenges to test physical, emotional and mental strength, but every dollar raised through this event has gone towards the Wounded Warrior Project; which supports the countless warriors returning from the battlefield to their normal civilian lives. So far over $5 million has been raised towards this cause!
Annmarie de Villers previous articles may be viewed at www.pressserviceinternational.org/annemarie-de-villiers.html