Well as most have seen from my pictures, we had a blast at Tough Mudder in Whistler this past weekend. It was like nothing I have ever done before. I had a blast! It’s hard to put into words what this event did for me. I knew it was going to be hard but I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did.
To start, going back to Whistler was in itself an awesome experience for me. I hadn’t been back there since 1991 when I did a quick trip with one of my friends I had met when I lived there in 1990 so to revisit my stomping grounds was so cool. It brought me back to when I was 20 years old, which is ironic because since my weight loss I often forget I am not 20 anymore. Once we got settled in our room we went out and checked out the village. We stopped and had lunch and watched the mountain bikers doing jumps at the base of the mountain. The entire family fell in love with the village. We spent the rest of the day poking around and stopping in on various establishments.
Saturday I woke up at 4:00am, I was so excited I couldn’t sleep. After tossing and turning for another hour and half we got up had a coffee and a nice big breakfast. We headed out around 8:40am to find the shuttles to take us to the Tough Mudder event. We weren’t scheduled until the 11:30 heat but we wanted to get up there early and check things out. It was fun on the shuttle bus, lots of people dressed up, someone brought music, it really set the mood for the day. You couldn’t wipe the grin off my face. We got checked in, checked out the grounds, took some selfies and just took it all in while we waited for the rest of the team to arrive. Once we were all there we headed up for the warm-up area, the energy around us was so awesome. Everyone was excited to get going. Once they get us warmed up they sent you down to the start line, but you first had to climb a wall before you could get to the start line, that was a great introduction to what was coming our way. Throughout the day we stuck together as a team, as we went through the obstacles the grin on my face only got bigger and bigger. It was such a cool experience. The teamwork with my own team and everyone else around was moving. Everyone helped each other out. As I completed some of the higher and more difficult walls, I realized that I was going to be able to do most if not all of the obstacles with the help of my team. I wasn’t sure prior what to expect and how things would go so it was so cool when I realized I wasn’t out of my league. I had done the work and now I am here and taking it all in. It is so crazy to think that I wouldn’t have been able to even walk to the first obstacle a year and half ago, now look at me. By the 10K mark a couple of our team mates had to drop out, they were just too cold. It had been raining very hard and they were not runners, so they weren’t able to keep their body temperatures up enough to keep going. This left Jason (my cousin’s husband), Trevor (my husband) and myself left to proceed. We then picked up the pace and ran the majority of it. We made sure we would walk all the step hills, I had heard that your calves cramp up if you don’t. As we powered through lots of people where cramping up, I was glad we paced ourselves. The last half of the course had the more challenging obstacles. One in particular was the Everest, which they had added an extra 20% more height to. I took a run at it but couldn’t reach to the hands to help me up, I feel very hard on my right side. I took a break and let my husband go next, then I tried again. I came up short twice, my neck and shoulders were killing me so I had to give up on this one. I have heard since that some girls lost teeth and even broke a jaw bone so I am grateful it was just my shoulder/neck area that took a beating. My favorites were Mud Mile and Shawshank, the scariest was Balls to Wall and Walk the Plank. The EST made me laugh out loud, just so much crazy fun. Everyone really needs to experience a Tough Mudder event! I know I will be back for 2016 Whistler Tough Mudder, anyone want to join me?
Tough Mudder made me face so many of my fears, challenge myself physically and mentally. I had so much fun, I would do it again this weekend if my budget and body would let me. 185lbs lighter, I might be half the person I used to be but I am way bigger in confidence, stronger, happier and definitely healthier. To be able to do this with my husband, after years of unhealthy living was an added bonus for us both. Trevor has told me several times since Saturday how proud he is of me, I think I not only surprised myself but him as well.
After a weekend of several bigger meals and beverages I look forward to getting back to the grind as I prepare for my first half-marathon this fall and get rid of this last 20lbs that I need to shed.