Team Size consisted of Luke (Mr Incredible), Joey, Ryan, Medium Dave, Westy, Me, Ryan, Gary (Batman), Sam, and (in the cover photo (left to right).
For some crazy reason I accepted a challenge to take part in a Tough Mudder event. It consists of a 10-12 mile grueling obstacle course. http://toughmudder.co.uk/events/yorkshire-2013/
For those of you that know me, you will know that I am 50m swimming sprinter for Blackpool Aquatics. My races are over in 23-24 seconds! I am not a long distance endurance athlete in the slightest. And to make things worse I was told about this event two and a half weeks before it. That is not much time to get fit!!!
Basically the event is designed my Special Forces, over 12 miles (of which when we got there I found out was 12 miles of fell running!) with all sorts of imaginable obstacles to test your endurance, mental toughness, strength and team work with anyone who may need your help!
I decided to try and raise money for the North West Air Ambulance, https://www.justgiving.com/adam-carlisle, as they do a fantastic job and help a wide variety of people. Raising money for this charity will hopefully keep me going through what will be the biggest challenge of my life to date!
To be honest I have no idea if I will make the 10-12miles as I have never done any running in my life before so this will be something of test for me. Hopefully the air ambulance won’t be called over to come and save me!
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The Big Day.
The course was a 12mile fell run, up and down hills, through woods and up heathers, swimming in ponds and crossing streams, in torrential rain and howling winds plus 23 grueling obstacles which were as follows:
1. Glory Blades (fence jumping)
2. Arctic Enema (jumping into a dumpster full of ice)
This was a bit chilly! Although after 2 miles of running my muscles actually quite enjoyed it!
Straight in to the mud we went and off to find our next obstacle!
3. Dirty Ballerina (jumping over trenches)
4. Boa Constrictor (crawling through mud and water filled pipes)
5. Hero Carry (carrying a team member for 100m)
6. Electric Eel (crawling through mud with electric wires above you shocking you)
7. Hero Walls (getting team mates over 12 foot high walls)
8. Island Hopping (crossing water on platforms)
9. Cage Crawl (crawling through cages filled with water)
10. Trench Warfare (crawling through mud filled tunnels)
11. Hold Your Wood (carrying logs)
12. Kiss of Mud (crawling through thick wet, mud with barbwire above you)
13. Underwater Tunnels (swimming in a pond and going underneath obstacles)
14. Walk the Plank (jump off a 5m high platform into freezing cold water)
15. Mud Mile (running through a mile of thick, deep, wet mud and scrambling over obstacles)
By the time we got here we weren’t the cleanest!
16. Funky Monkey (ascending and descending monkey bars)
17. Everest (getting the team up a quarter pipe)
Here’s Mr Incredible getting ready for his Everest ascent.
It required team work to get up here if you didn’t get a good footing to run and jump!
Although sometimes we just couldn’t reach!
And we even ending helping up some randomer who didn’t seem to have a team to help him!
All the team made it up and over Everest as did some ‘photobomber’ in the background!
18. Electroshock Therapy (running through electrically charged wires)
The wires seemed to be either on or off, and as you can see here just I’d reached the end I got electrocuted, flung into the air and flat on my face in the mud!
As did Mr Incredible too!
Plus course hazards.
We had a fantastic team ethic, and if we had a man struggling we waited and helped them through tiredness, injury and muscle spasms to reach the end!
With me being a Chiropractor I ended up not just helping my own team members but also other fallen participants along the way with injuries and advice, which was nice to be able to help.
It was the most challengingly and tough event I have ever done, and yet one of the greatest and satisfying days of my life. Team Size worked fantastically together and we all had a superb weekend.
Tough Mudder did a great job, but Team Size beat it!
Congratulations to Nathan Peacock. He has been chosen at random for the prize of his choice. Please contact the clinic!