10 Musts to Survive Tough Mudder
Here’s a list of few things that might make the Tough Mudder experience more tolerable. ;)
1) As much of a hassle as it is, I highly recommend wearing a hydration pack. One of the water stations was out of water when we got there. I saw people drinking creek water in desperation (parasites anyone?) and several poor souls getting IV’s from medics. A kind spectator gave me and my teammate a Muscle Milk and an energy gel pack – that saved us! Guess getting stuck in a mud pit with our calf muscles seizing up made him feel sorry for us.
Do not let yourself get dehydrated, and consider bringing some energy gel. Leg cramps due to dehydration toward the end can take you out. After all of that effort, quitting was not an option!
2) Shoes can make a big difference in safety and comfort. Vibram 5 fingers shoes might have you slip-sliding all over the place (Our team-mate Michael certainly did). My trail running shoes, La Sportiva Crosslite- were perfect! The traction was unbelievable! I had no trouble getting up slippery slopes. I passed several chains of people working together to scale muddy hills…I felt like Spiderman ;) If you have trail running shoes, great! If you’re considering continuing in muddy woodsy romps, it would be worth checking into. BTW, they cleaned up just fine. Bottom line, the more aggressive the tread, the better.
3) Goggles won’t help. I saw so many pairs on the trail that people had ditched.
4) Gloves were also questionable. We saw lots of those abandoned on the course. With everything being covered in mud, gloves were more of a hindrance on monkey bars and slick ropes. I needed to feel what I was grabbing minus one extra layer of mud-caked fabric.
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