The crossfit craze might slowly be shaping to be an area for the select few and is definitely not for the faint hearted. Those workouts of the day aka WODs might be worth a look into if you decide to enter the Tough Mudder challenge.
What’s Tough Mudder you ask? Well, from my perspective I can’t understand for the life of me why a bunch of people would pay to swim through ice or get zapped in an electricity designed obstacle. After watching a few videos on YouTube, I started to see the appeal from the mundane cycle of daily activities and the race that allows you to roll in the mud. The race like the Color Run, isn’t timed but highly encouraged to go at it as a team.
On October 22-23 in Shanghai, you can have a chance to test out the above description with a group of friends or family. Children under the age of 16 aren’t allowed to take part but they can cheer from the sidelines. Hurry up and get your hands on the discounted prices.
Here’s what they say on their website:
T8KM & 16KM mud and obstacle course designed to test your physical strength, stamina, and mental grit. It is a team-oriented challenge with no winners, finisher medals, or clocks to race against. Join friends on a life-changing adventure where what you accomplish is almost as tough as who you are.
Tough Mudder is definitely for the adrenaline chasers and new thrill seekers, who wish to test their mental and physical strength. It was designed and created by a British, post graduate from Harvard Business School who was a former corporate lawyer. The obstacle are specifically used to target the most common fears such as water, heights, fire, and boy-oh-boy electricity. The team aspect is very important according to this:
The strength of one person is nothing compared to the power of a team. Tough Mudder’s full lineup of team-oriented obstacles guarantees that you’ll cross the finish line with more friends than you started with. Whether it’s through a helping hand or an extra vote of confidence, your fellow Mudders will be there for you every step of the way. Whether you arrive solo or with a team, all you need to come with is the strength to leave your fears in the parking lot and the willingness to push the boundaries your comfort zone.
I am still on the fence of whether I should take the challenge. When making the decision, I have been trying to think how people might remember me when I am dead, “she did the most stupid thing” or “she did the bravest thing.” This crippling fear that sends shivers down my spine is something that I can’t shake off when I was watching the video. But something else also happened – admiration and respect those the participants. I need to call my mother now and she might put things in perspective for me.
How tough (or insane) are you and your kin and friends?