Two months ago, Chris announced he wanted to participate in Tough Mudder: a 10-12 mile hardcore obstacle course that’s designed to test your all-around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. Chris told me that he wanted to do this event to celebrate his 30th birthday, and he wanted me to do it with him.
At first, I said, “HELL NO! Why would I want to run through fire, jump in an ice bath, and get electrocuted?!?!” But after some more research on the event (and pleading from Chris), I begrudgingly agreed. He really wanted to do the event in celebration of turning 30 years old, so in an effort to be a supportive wife, I let him sign us up for the event in Tahoe.
We started hardcore training: strength training, cardio, yoga, circuit training, you name it. We worked out twice a day and watched what we ate. Chris booked us a hotel in Tahoe and bought us new clothes for the event (wicking shirts, wicking pants, compression socks, etc). Last Saturday, we took off for Tahoe excited, confident, and ready to successfully complete our first Tough Mudder event.
I wish we could say we came home just as happy and pumped up as we were when we arrived in Tahoe. After only making it three miles into the course and completing five obstacles, Chris dislocated his shoulder! He did it while doing pull-ups, which is crazy because he does pull ups all the time with ease and has never hurt himself. We think his accident had to do with the fact that Tahoe’s freezing temps did a lot of harm by numbing our muscles while we were out on the course, especially after completing these obstacles.
Chris was in so much pain after dislocating his shoulder, we had no choice but to quit the course and head down to the emergency first aid center. Once we got there, the doctor was able to pop his shoulder back into place, put his arm in a sling, and prescribe him some Vicodin. Even though Chris’ shoulder was back in place, he was still in a lot of pain afterward. In fact, he said it was the most pain he had experienced in his whole life!
We were both disappointed that we went through so much preparation to complete our first Tough Mudder and weren’t able to finish the event. Chris was especially upset; I mean, what a way to end his 30th birthday month. But the important thing is he’s okay. I had never seen him in so much pain before; it was really scary!
Even though Chris’ shoulder needs to heal for a few months, he is already planning to sign us up for another Tough Mudder event. He’s thinking the Nor Cal one in April 2014. I’m actually 100% down to attempt Tough Mudder again; what we were able to accomplish in those three miles was challenging, yet still doable and invigorating. I’d love for us to be able to complete the entire course next time, only WITHOUT hurting ourselves.
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