The Highland Games are a collection of events that mostly involve throwing heavy things, the most recognizable event being the caber toss. (Picture a guy in a kilt tossing a log and you're mostly there.) They also throw stones, hammers, and other weights for height and distance. The weights that the women throw range from 12 lbs to 28 lbs. As you can imagine, this is not easy. It requires strength, power, speed, and most of all, skill.
I've never thrown a hammer or caber and I won't have very many opportunities to practice. I can, however, continue to practice my other throws (leaving large craters in my lawn) for height and distance. I have a considerable base of strength and power for my size so although getting stronger will certainly help, it is more important that I be able to translate that strength and power into my throws. Squats, power cleans, and presses combined with consistent throwing practice should get me some respectable distances/heights.
And then, it will be time to focus on the Tough Mudder.
|I'm thinking that hill is a lot steeper than it looks.|
|Not sure how trying not to drown fits into all this. Not sure you can really train for that other than to reassure yourself that you are not about to die.|
|Did I mention I was scared of heights?|
All good training plans pay attention to the individual so as I develop my training plan, I'll be tweaking things here and there to make sure I continue to make progress. I'll be developing my training plan in concert with those of my running partners, all of whom are going to need an individualized approach.
So, overall, looks like I may be able to transition from Highland Games to the Tough Mudder simply by stepping up my running efforts and maintaining my strength. I may have to throw in some obstacle specific strength training as I get closer to the event and will definitely have to add in some muscle endurance training leading up to it. And as for the anxiety about imminent death, meditation. Lots and lots of meditation.