Monday, February 13, 2012

We are officially registered

That's right, we registered for the Tough Mudder.  What do I mean we?  Well, I've talked some more friends into doing this making about ten of us total.  Age-wise, we've got about an 8 year spread from 38 on up. Regardless, we'll be older than most of the folks running (trying to survive) this race and so our team name is "GeriAtrocities".  Slogan forthcoming.



The Tough Mudder is not only a tough race, its also a charity event that raises money for the Wounded Warrior Project.  The Wounded Warrior Project is an organization whose purpose is as follows:
  • To raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members.
  • To help injured service members aid and assist each other.
  • To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members
Donate to the Wounded Warrior Project.

So, I'm currently training for a Highland Games at the end of April which basically means trying to throw heavy things without hurting myself.  So far, so good.  I've been running a three mile trail once a week simply to maintain my running ability, but will ramp that up after the Highland Games when I'll have seven more months before the Tough Mudder.  If I can't increase my running distance by then, I should find a new profession.

The prowler is one of the most evil, I mean effective,
of all conditioning equipment.  
In the meantime, I'm training some folks for the Rugged Maniac and we're having a lot of fun.  We've just finished our strength cycle and are now working on race specific conditioning.  In addition to running, tires, prowlers, rope pulls, farmers bars, and bear crawls are all part of the torture . . . I mean training.  Transitions between strength efforts and running efforts are the most challenging part of these obstacle course races.  Being able to perform well at both in a fatigued state is difficult so we work on conditioning our bodies such that fatigue is not an overwhelming factor in our performance.  Conditioning simply means working hard in the gym so you can handle the stresses on the field.