Tuesday, October 02, 2012
To learn more and see a video go here:
A good video shot by a competitor at the event that I did:
I have some pics I can share from my epic adventure, known as Tough Mudder. "Probably the toughest event on the planet".
Before starting out, My friend Mike and I looking confident.
Straddling one of the "Berlin Walls".
Low crawling under barbed wire, "Kiss of Mud"
Traversing the "Mud Mile". Several mud filled ditches with slick, muddy mounds between them.
"Mud Mile" aftermath. (Mud Mile was actually about 50 yards)
Random people coming through "Electro Shock Therapy". Hanging wires with 10,000 volts of electricity in them. It was dark when I get here, but my son got pics of others going through it. By the way, when it hits you, you really know it, some people get knocked out!
The after picture.
Our new friends, Juan and Shannon. Both Navy corpsmen in their early 20's. She did the Mudder barefoot, and a few times when the path became too rocky or thorny, Juan would put her on his back and carry her. Truly, these 2 were beasts out there, but they were also kind and friendly.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
WOW, I am so sore and my calves still want to cramp up, but I did it. I did bypass some obstacles because I knew that if I attempted them I would not have enough left in the tank to keep hiking the hills and finish the course. There were a few thousand feet of elevation to climb and a few of the climbs were steep enough that many people were bear crawling up them. Some of the descents were just as bad, having to go down sideways, sliding 2-3 feet after taking a 6 inch step, many people just scooted down on their butts.
To me the most impressive thing I saw was a young gal (about 23) who was doing this with her boyfriend, she did the whole course barefoot! She does barefoot running but this was all rocks and thorns and weeds. My friend and I ran into her and her boyfriend about 2 miles in and the 4 of us stayed together the rest of the course. They are both Navy Corpsmen (medics), so who better to travel with when you feel like you may collapse at anytime!
It was mentally and physically exhausting and I was like a zombie near the end, slightly confused, dragging myself along but I wasn't wanting to eat brains. The 10,000 volts of electricity at the end was quite shocking :) It was like getting hit with a stun gun and several people collapsed when hit. Most people ran through that part, but not I! I couldn't run, so I just walked and got zapped probably 25 times, but I was aiming for spots where several wires were tangled together, I think I have a touch of masochism in me.
I will have a few pictures later when I go get my son from his friend's house, he has the camera. But for now I'll just get to the weigh in numbers for this week.
Weight : 219.2
Lost : 3.4
Total : 98.0
A good week for weight loss, a rough week for the body overall. Like I told my dad last night, "I'm hurt, but I'm not injured".
Quote seen on the t-shirts of all of the Marine recruiters from all over Cali that volunteered at Tough Mudder:
"Pain is weakness leaving the body" I did not know that my body was harboring so much weakness!
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Another week has come and gone and my nerves are building. Next Saturday the 29th I am participating in the Nor-Cal Tough Mudder and I am not nearly in the shape I had anticipated when I paid my entry fee last January. There has really been no consistency in my strength training since May and the last month there has been a lack of consistency of making it to the gym just to do cardio. Tough Mudder suggests being able to jog 5 miles on a consistent basis before taking on the course. I can't really jog at all :( I can walk and I do that quite a lot so I will just have to walk the 12 miles I suppose. Although I am sure that I will end up jogging, ignoring the pain it causes me due to the adrenaline pumping through the crowd. My only goal for this event is to finish, to survive the 25 obstacles somehow. I'm anxious, excited and scared, should be a good time.
This week I did better with going to the gym, but still slacked off a bit the last couple of days. I did 135 fitness minutes, could have and should have been more, but I can't change that now. Also, my eating was better this week. I definitely had a couple of off plan meals (nachos anyone?) but over all I did a better job.
I had some stress lifted off of me also when I found out that my final paper for Global Economics and Business Applications had passed. That's 4 more units down (84 units in less than 2 years) and a real monster of a class out of the way. I also wrote a paper this week that I had been sort of putting off for a while because I knew it was going to be a bear. It was indeed a bear, with tons of researching to find all of the pertinent information. I got the paper written (10 pages single spaced) in one day, but that was a terrible day! Most papers take me 3-4 hours to write, this one too approximately 11 hours to write with just a few short breaks here and there. Long, miserable day, but it's done.
Anyway, you didn't come here to listen to me complain about school, you came here to laugh and mock me for my failures!! (kidding) But no failures this week, only triumphs! Let's get to the numbers and see how they stack up:
Weight : 222.6
Lost : 3.2
Total : 94.6
It was a good week for weight loss, maybe I'm back to doing the right things? I'm getting close to being back at my all time low of 217.2, just 5.4 lbs away now. It's too late for me to be in better shape for the Tough Mudder this year, but if things go well (I don't suffer catastrophic injuries) I will have enough time to be in better shape for next time.
So for now friends, I bid you adieu. See you on the flip side.
2011 Nor-Cal official Tough Mudder video:
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Long and dreary, each day seemingly endless; time almost standing still yet still no time for rest. The pain of life endures through the fog of internal war, the din of battle always ringing in my ears painfully bringing tears to my eyes.
That first paragraph means nothing, I just started to type and that's what came out. Sometimes when I need to write a paper I just can't get started so I just type a word or two and then let my fingers roll with with whatever comes out. I usually continue on to writing what I need to write and go back and erase that initial paragraph. This time I decided to let it stay.
Okay, so this week I was at home with my mom each day, I had all of my workout equipment available to me here, lots of things I could do to get my minutes in. So how many fitness minutes did I get this week?? 20 Yep, 20. I walked on the treadmill one day for 20 minutes. It was so boring! At the gym I throw on my ear buds and watch a tv show but out on my patio I had no tv to watch and I don't have a working mp3 player (or much music on my computer to transfer anyway) So I just walked looking at my back fence. Boring.
So no working out but I could combat that with proper diet. So I had steak and rice pilaf twice, corn dogs, and other various crap. Not everyday mind you, but over all I'd give my diet a grade of D for the week.
So let's see how that translates into numbers:
Lost : .8
Total : 91.4
Holy cow, all of that inappropriate eating and lack of exercise equaled a loss of .8! Perhaps if I eat a little better next week and actually get some exercise I could lose a little more and feel more like my old self. I think I may give that a try.
My mom is doing much better and getting around pretty good with her walker. I think I'll hit the gym after taking my son to school in the mornings just to be sure that I get some gym time in. And I'll make more food for myself instead of looking for whatever is going to be easy and fast.
That's it for this week. Be well people :)
Saturday, September 08, 2012
This was a very long week. It started out alright, getting some gym time in on Monday and Tuesday and eating not too badly (but not too clean either). But on Wednesday things got a little hectic. My mom went into the hospital that morning for a total hip replacement. So I've been driving back and forth (about 40 minutes each way) to visit with her for a few hours each day in the hospital. Then on Friday it was my son's 16th birthday and in my family we have a tradition that the birthday person gets to have whatever they want for their birthday dinner. My son wanted me to make a paleo pizza that I'd made a few months ago. So I took an hour to shop and about 2 hours making the no-carb pizza crusts. Hunched over the counter whisking and kneading ingredients just killed my back, but hey, the kid only has one birthday a year!
Now that this week is over, I am hoping that I can get closer to being back on track. Although I will be the main person taking care of my mom here at home because my dad has a long term substitute teaching job for the next month so I'll be the only one home to help her out. Not complaining mind you, she's my mom and it's the least I can do. I just don't think I'll be getting to the gym much this week. I know what you're thinking, I can go to the gym in the evening while my dad looks after my mom... not gonna happen. The gym is always crowded in the evenings and I have loathed crowded gyms since I first joined one at age 15. But I do have a treadmill, stationary bike some dumbbells and my kettlebell here at home so I SHOULD be able to get some exercise time in. Of course I still need to write papers for school too. sigh.
I need to officially write my numbers down here so I feel more accountable. I have just been so "off" since my vacation but it's time that I owned up to it instead of just being vague.
Weight : 226.6
Gain : 2.8
Total : 90.6
I was down to 223.8 last week and I ballooned up a bit this week. But on the plus side, I am not feeling depressed now, just concerned that I am not ready for Tough Mudder on the 29th. I guess I'll just have to see what happens.
Thanks for reading and thanks for all of the support. It's good to have friends that understand what you're going through.
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