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Afghan Dave

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Becoming a "Tough Mudder" fitness challenge?
« on: June 08, 2012, 07:03:31 AM »
I've been asked to do this ultimate obstacle course with a group of mainly military friends but there will be a couple of us who have never served.

http://toughmudder.com/about/

I'm getting on in years now (38) and I've never thought a marathon was worthwhile or interesting so this would be a great way to focus on an ultimate physical/mental challenge before 40...

My personal cardio start point is low, personal strength high but as we have a years training to get ready I think I'm gonna do it.







Have any of you done marathons / iron man type stuff?

Any tips?

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Re: Becoming a "Tough Mudder" fitness challenge?
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2012, 07:36:48 AM »
Any tips?

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Re: Becoming a "Tough Mudder" fitness challenge?
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2012, 07:38:08 AM »

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Re: Becoming a "Tough Mudder" fitness challenge?
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2012, 11:18:34 AM »
I've been asked to do this ultimate obstacle course with a group of mainly military friends but there will be a couple of us who have never served.


Just quickly glancing through, I read that as "a group of MANLY military friends" and thought "Hmmm, trying a bit too hard to prove something here...?"  :P


Anyway, sounds a $%&#ing nightmare.


But can we sponsor you or something?
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Re: Becoming a "Tough Mudder" fitness challenge?
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2012, 11:27:14 AM »
I really wouldn't want to be sponsored for any event because I'd want to just do it or fail to do it - no collateral winners or losers - just the personal challenge.

I think it far enough over my abilities that failure is expected but success would be the sweetest prize.  :?
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Re: Becoming a "Tough Mudder" fitness challenge?
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2012, 11:30:04 AM »
I'd do a sponsored "how many times will Afghan vomit" during the run pool...  :D
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Re: Becoming a "Tough Mudder" fitness challenge?
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2012, 12:12:30 PM »
I'm speechless :lol:

Good luck with it. :D
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Re: Becoming a "Tough Mudder" fitness challenge?
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2012, 01:03:07 PM »
looks like an amazing personal challenge.  good on you Dave.  i think the sense of achievement at the end will be epic! 
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Re: Becoming a "Tough Mudder" fitness challenge?
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2012, 03:06:13 PM »
triathlon in august if my prolapse allows it
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Re: Becoming a "Tough Mudder" fitness challenge?
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2012, 07:25:20 PM »
I have done 1/10 of an ironman when I was 13. Not really anything to brag about though  :wink:
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Re: Becoming a "Tough Mudder" fitness challenge?
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2012, 09:10:12 PM »
Ben/TO is over 40 and has just done an Iron Man/Spartan event in New York. From his photos it looks mental, and very similar to what you've posted.

Not for me at all but good luck if you do decide to do it!  :lol:
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Re: Becoming a "Tough Mudder" fitness challenge?
« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2012, 08:41:03 PM »
Looks like the thing ex special forces do for fun. Those men are as hard as nails Dave. Good luck though
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Re: Becoming a "Tough Mudder" fitness challenge?
« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2012, 04:34:13 PM »
this looks made of win!! I've reecently started running as part of my MA training and the first thing I discovered during a  martial arts class (we do Tabata CV training a lot) is my upper body strength needs work... prior to running I'd have run out of breath first :)

I'd love to be able to do this kind of thing, I'm 40 this year - but two guys in our MA class are ex-para and ex-marine and  at 50 they're still incredibly fit, so I wouldn't write yourself off - I'm not ruling this kind of stuff out :)

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Re: Becoming a "Tough Mudder" fitness challenge?
« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2012, 01:41:59 AM »
Try this...http://www.toughguy.co.uk/

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Re: Becoming a "Tough Mudder" fitness challenge?
« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2012, 02:31:43 PM »
I've really got back into my martial arts... having lessons with a teacher I've known of for years - He really understands me and I now admire him as a friend as well as an expert.

It makes such a difference to me to feel a personal connection rather than just some abstract desire to learn in a faceless class.

I hate running!!!  I'm just not built for it - bad knees and I'm bulky and heavy - I won't do it.

Intense skipping + kettlebell training will have to push my fitness up with occasional runs just to test my level.

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