Monday, January 16, 2012

End of the road for now...

The road to the 2011 Virgina Tough Mudder has come to an end. As 2012 has already started, I am looking forward to the challenges ahead. I have already signed up for all the races in the locomotive race series and that will be my main focus this year. The goals for this year will be to beat my personal records from the previous year, go farther and harder and break my distance PR, and just continue through the year with a deliberate and controlled pace. Next year, I hope to maybe do another Tough Mudder.

As this chapter closes, I want to give people some point of reference on my experience. Being a first timer to the Tough Mudder, I didn't know what to expect. I scoured the internet to find what I should wear, bring, eat, etc. Unfortunately, there was not a lot that I could find with specifics. I hope to change that with this blog.

Training

As you can see from my past posts, I tried different things to see what would work best. Here are some key points to keep in mind while you train.

  • Make an effort to train on trails or wooded areas - This was a big help for me to get used to running through natural terrain and avoid getting hurt. With consistent training, your mind and eyes adapt to the different ground levels and you develop the ability to spot nasty surprises like roots and holes.
  • Long running - Make sure that you can handle running 10 miles without walking. I am not the fastest runner by any means, but this helped me to have the endurance to go the distance and not feel like I am going to "hit the wall" in runner terms. The last thing that you want is to "hit the wall" when you have a series of obstacles on top of the running.
  • Stairs - If you have a stair climber machine or some stairs, use them. I wish I would have done more before getting there.
  • Upperbody work - As simple as pull ups and push ups are, they are a tremendous help to get you used to the demands of climbing and crawling.
  • Have fun - If you are working so hard that it feels like work, slow down and enjoy the training.  This will help to make the Tough Mudder the most memorable event of your life.

What to wear

These are my recommendations, but the main goal is to stay comfortable and be able to dry fast.

  • Gloves - I bought utility work gloves that had leather re-enforced grips. They were also water-resistant and had velcro tightening wrists. My teammate, Aaron, had wake boarding gloves which provided lots of grip when wet and dried easily
  • Shirt - I highly recommend a compression shirt. It helped to keep my body heat from escaping and dried extremely fast.
  • Shorts - I wore compression underwear that was water resistant. Over that I wore common workout shorts that dried quickly. The combination was very helpful in keeping me dry and prevented chaffing.
  • Shoes and socks - I wore an old pair of running shoes, unfortunately the tread was completely worn off. You don't need new shoes, but I would check the tread and plan accordingly. The socks that I wore were quick dry socks and had built in support.
  • Body Glide - If you know what it is, than you know where to put it. It is water resistant and vital if you’re wearing lots of compression stuff
Day of the event
The event staff was very professional and it went very smoothly.  Here are couple recomendations to make it even that much more enjoyable.

  • Make sure that you eat a big breakfast a few hours before your start time. Aim for about 1000 calories. They will have banana/water stations located throughout the course, but it doesn't seem to be enough towards the middle and you start to feel emaciated.
  • Get the earliest start time possible. Parking will be better, going through registration line will be better and there will be less to worry about.
  • Have everything that Tough Mudder recommends for you to bring to registration.
  • Skip bag checking if possible. This was a huge disappointment and killed whatever after party stuff that I wanted to do.
 I had a blast and I want to do it again. If you have any questions or comments please contact me at Joshua.perkins09@gmail.com  Thanks for reading my blog.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Ink to top off my Tough Mudder experience

Just got my tattoo today and the artist did a great job of getting all the small details correct.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I'm a Tough Mudder

Worked my butt off, but it is finally here.

This is a before pic.


Aaaannndd the after pic



I had an amazing time and I will be sharing details on my experience in some more posts and on the 1meal1workout podcast.  Time for some rest.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Almost there!!

Well it is the night before actually being the road to Tough Mudder.  Tomorrow morning I will hit the road to Virginia and get ready for the big day on Saturday.  I have already gotten my haircut for the event.

Monday, September 19, 2011

New goals accomplished!

I had a major accomplishment yesterday.  I ran my first 15K race.  It was amazing.  I had a great steady pace and felt in such a groove the entire time.  I also met a fun group of guys there.  So it was a great time overall.  Only a month till Tough Mudder and I feel more confident then ever that I will be able to conquer that mountain.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tuesday

I had some good workouts on Friday and Saturday.  I really pushed on Saturday and ran a mile then went through a weight routine, ran a mile, weight routine, ran a mile, etc.  This went on for almost 2 hours trying to duplicate the alternating rhythm of the Tough Mudder.  The next couple days, I did a lot of chores and that took up most of my time.  Legs will be tomorrow.  Can't wait!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Need to get motivated

I went to the chiropractor yesterday and man did it feel good.  I go once a month to get adjusted and it was felt like it needed to be done.  Today I ran the stair climber and worked back and biceps.  I was really struggling to get motivated.  Hopefully tomorrow will bring some much needed drive.  I plan on running 3 miles and then run a long one on Saturday.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tuesday

Kind of generic workout today.  I did a lot multi-muscle group exercises alternating with the treadmill between sets.  Trying to focus on stamina training since the TM is 2 months away. The push-up program is put on hold indefinitely because the reps were just way out of my league.  I am going to take the structure that I learned from attempting the program and use it to work towards completing 50 consecutive pushups.  I can do 43 now, so that shouldn't be too far off.