Have you ever ran/crawled up and down six ski hills in one day? Have you ever jumped into trenches over 6 feet deep with mud up to your waist and crawled out and over the other side. Have you ever crawled over 10 feet high walls or ran through electrical wires? Sounds pretty crazy to most; however, the Aim2Walk Mudders team did all of this and so much more, willingly, this past Sunday.
Toronto Tough Mudder was held on the ski hills of Mount St. Louis Moonstone and our team of eight, pushed and pulled through some of the most challenging and physically demanding obstacles. The teamwork from our own members and from random helpers was truly inspiring. Several of the obstacles are basically impossible on your own and you count on the helping hand of others. During the race, if you see an injured person, it is Tough Mudder rules to make an X with your arms until help arrives for the wounded warrior. Luckily for us, Regine’s boyfriend Todd joined the team. He had true team spirit as he carried Regine down a mountain after she injured her knee. After a quick rest and a few stretches, she was good to go again! No need for an X for the Aim2Walk Mudders! After submerging our entire bodies in a pool of ice water (literally, they poured bags of ice in as we jumped in) and swimming out the other end, Megan’s face changed to the colour of her shirt, bright pink. We had a few laughs as Dickson walked aimlessly several times while his glasses were caked with mud, leaving him blind and unsure of where the rest of the team was (don’t worry, we were always close by). Near the middle of the race, we jumped from a plank into a deep pit of water. Thank goodness this year they had lifeguards for safety. Michelle T. had no complaints although her ears were flooded and aching after she walked the plank and jumped into the pit. Then we have Mark, and boy oh boy does this guy have energy. He was keen to run up those mountains right up until the end of the 5 hour trek.
All in all, we survived. I know several of us (mainly myself) were a bit hesitant to try this intense physically demanding event; however, it was all worth it in the end. Matt, you encouraged us to sign up for Tough Mudder, and you kept us going all the way through. It was the best team bonding experience and it showed that we have a wicked team of Aim2Walk Mudders.
Although I’m not sure we will be putting our bodies through this again as soon as next year, we all said we’d try it again someday (this was while enjoying the beer at the end, so don’t quote me on this one).
What does being a Tough Mudder mean?
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Way to go Aim2Walk Mudders. We should all be very proud of completing Tough Mudder.