Flashback to the start of the semester (March/April), Luke and I were talking about taking on the TOUGH MUDDER OCR. Well, it was more of a challenge for me than for Luke. It would have been my first obstacle race and his 3rd. We continued talking about it for a few weeks but then we left it, mostly because of the cost (plus it was close to exams. I do not want to be smashed before my exams).
Fast-forward 2 months out from the race and they had a flash sale! Always keen when there’s a sale (The Asian in me is STRONG)! Luke took the initiative by setting up a FLO team. After more talk/considerations etc, we finally managed to form a committed TEAM of CRAZIES FLOBIES– Adele, Chris, Luke, Ross and Taylor (and Hannah, ish)!
With the buzz of uni/classes/work/life, we managed to schedule 3 training sessions together (big achievement!). I was in charge of turning everyone (and myself) into OCR pros (having no experience whatsoever) in less than 2 months. From what I roughly know about the course, obstacles, the event and the terrain, I came up with a few drills and bootcamp style training sessions.
TM Training 1.0
Agility Drills + Partner Bootcamp Style Circuit Workouts: Sunny day!
This was where Hannah made her one and only special guest appearance! <3
TM Training 2.0
Agility Drills + Partner Name-Game Full Body Workout:
TM Training 3.0
Full Body Circuit with Weights:
As you can see, I was having a lot of fun watching from the sidelines. GET BACK TO WORK, PHIL!
Phil was just there for a good workout. Looking good. 🙂
THE REAL DEAL – TOUGH MUDDER 2016!
8:00am – The plan was to LEAVE at 8am sharp. Obviously, that didn’t happen.
8:20am – Left Flo! Not too shabby, just 20 mins behind our scheduled departure time. I had Amy’s Grains for breakfast before we left. FUEL!
8:25am – COFFEE STOP! A must! #Priorities
1.5 hours of travel and jamming our way into Glenworth Valley.
Making good use of our time.
10-ish am – Arrival. Registered. Loaded up on protein bars. Put our bibs on. Toilet break. Sorted out our gear.
GROUP PHOTO! IT WAS DRIZZLING throughout!
Pre-race – Nice and clean.
11:15am – Group warm up session by the TM team. It was fun with the music blasting and a lot of jumping! It prepared both our minds and our bodies. Our muscles were warmed up and ready to FIRE!
Then, we had the motivational speech because they decided that we needed MORE motivation. We made a pledge to help one another AND not race ahead (this was when the guys turned to look at me. HAHAHAHHA! What?). But no, I was not there to race.
Heading towards the starting line.
11:30am – 2:30pm ish
We started off nice and chill with a slow jog.
The first challenge. It wasn’t Tough MUDder for nothing. This obstacle required jumping into a pool of MUD and climbing up mud walls. Nothing too difficult, just VERY muddy, slippery and smelly. The challenge (for me) was to NOT get mud into my eyes or ears.
One of my favourite obstacles! I guess this is how “being born” feels like. We basically had to crawl through “canals” filled with water that were just inches off the ground. You’d have to face plant the muddy ground and squeeze your way through the gravel to get to the other side.
The canals were SO heavy.
The challenge was getting over the wooden board.
Ross went up first while Luke stayed behind to haul the rest of us up and over! TEAMWORK!
Things started to slow down. People were building up and we spent quite a bit of time waiting and queuing up. I was starting to feel COLD. It was drizzling when we started and for most part of the race. To keep warm, I had to sprint between obstacles. Ross and Luke were with me; and Taylor with Chris. We were able to catch our breath at every obstacle, which was good. Super fun!
KISS OF MUD 2.0
Oh yes, MORE MUD! Crawling through mud and mini mud bumps under barbwire.
I had fun sliding over the mud on my belly.
This obstacle was pretty redundant. We had to maneuver under a huge heavy netting. All I had to do was walk through because all the guys were holding it up and I couldn’t even reach to touch the net. HAHAHHAAHAHAH! #shortpeopleproblems
The typical wall climbs you find at bootcamps.
I enjoyed running through the muddy trails!
Right before this challenge, Chris jinxed himself into a not-so-glam fall in front of a crowd. TOO FUNNY! He burst out laughing too.
Cliffhanger was all about hiking and climbing up a steep terrain. What goes up must come down. Being able to run downhill after was the BEST PART!
Mineshafted was fun and easy. We had to slide through a tube tunnel into a pool of muddy water, walk across and climb up on the other side.
RIVER CROSSING! We had to swim across the icy cold river. Swimming was not an issue. The problem was that I had contact lenses and I had to keep my head out of the water.
When I saw that 6 footers just had their heads popping out of the water, it only meant one thing – DEEP! I had to tread the whole way through which was quite exhausting. When I reached the end of it, there was a mini queue to get onto the wooden ladder, which meant MORE treading. GAH! But it was all good, managed to keep my head out!
After that, we had a choice of running on dry land or taking the road less travelled – mud, mud and MORE MUD! Ross and I went all out, splashing through the mud. We decided that we didn’t come all the way to run on non muddy grounds.
There was a water + fuel station right before the next obstacle. We stopped while waiting for the rest. Luke went missing for a bit. We were deciding between waiting and pressing on, because we weren’t sure if he went ahead without us! Thankfully, we saw his signature sprint from afar. The team was complete once again! WHOOP!
This was probably the most challenging obstacle! We had to build a human pyramid to reach the top.
We decided that Ross would form the base but he could not get a good grip as the ground was too muddy and slippery. He managed to push Luke all the way up, with the help of other people at the top. Taylor and I had a bit of trouble because we were not tall enough to reach the hands of the people at the top! Just then, a group was forming a pyramid beside us. We gracefully climbed all over them to the top (with permission)! I was stepping on this guy’s arm, shoulder and possibly his head!
I slipped on my first attempt. Crashing all the way down was not glam, IT HURT! Thankfully, I managed on my second attempt, once again stepping all over other people. THANK YOU!
We could not have made it up without the help of other people! We stayed back to help, before moving on.
The mud mile was basically just that, A MILE OF MUD! More splashing, slipping and sliding our way through the mud.
THE BLOCKNESS MONSTER
After getting all muddy in the mud mile, it was time to clean off at the BLOCKNESS MONSTER! Another favourite, probably the best of all!
Nothing but teamwork and a lil technique needed to get over the blocks. I failed so badly at my first attempt, not turning my body and crashing head first into the water! The first thing I did was CLOSE MY EYES (SAVE THE CONTACT LENSES!). The next thing that came to my mind was EWWW MUDDY WATER! I was doing a good job keeping my head out of the mud and dirty water, until this one!
Taylor and I just cruised over till the end while the boys stuck around to help out. They had a REALLY good time rolling the blocks.
EVEREST 2.0Ah, the famous ramp at most OCRs! It was SO FUN watching other people running up + crashing down. Quite entertaining! Luke and Ross went for the big run while we (Taylor, Chris and I) stuck with the ropes.
We did not realize that Everest was our last challenge! We were pretty bummed when we found out we were running towards the finish line! I guess the adrenaline was still pumping! Oh well!
We proceeded to enjoy our post race ICE COLD CIDERS! SO GOOD! We didn’t bother taking a shower because the queue was just massive. We hung around for a bit to dry off and to TAKE ALL THE PROTEIN BARS! SO SO SO GOOD!
Thanks to the crazy bunch, it was a FUN + SATISFYING + SUCCESSFUL + MUDDY + INJURY FREE OCR! Very memorable first overseas race and OCR. <3
*Taylor was the real champ. She had work that night AND the following morning.*
I’ll definitely come back for more. We are already planning for 2017! YESSSSSS!
There’s the good and then there’s the UGLY! Sustained cuts and bruises.
Stats with the Garmin Fenix 3 HR
Honestly, I did not know how well the Garmin would perform in an OCR. Will it fall apart? Will the mud get into it? It was a risk I was willing to take. And it did not disappoint! It held up throughout the race.
This is what I love about it – being able to track where you’ve been on the map.
Heart rate zones. Ok, looks like I didn’t push hard enough.
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