I just completed the Melbourne Tough Mudder. Firstly I gotta say it was a great day, I had a blast! Much more fun than I thought it would be.
Despite the fun I was a little disappointed with how easy it was. I would call myself moderately fit. Not a marathon runner or triathlete by any means. Parts of it were a little intimidating, but me and my group kept asking ourselves.. when does this get really tough? Many of the obstacles were actually pleasant. It seemed like quite a lot of people there were either overweight or hadn't ever been to a gym before. I was so full of adrenaline, anticipating 'the toughest event on the planet' but was left feeling like I could run around the circuit one more time. I reckon a half marathon would be much harder, let alone an ironman event.
Unless this was a particularly easy TM compared to others, TM seems to me to be an event for normal people who want to feel like they are heroes for a day. To feel like they have really achieved something. I guess thats a good thing. For all those fat people who did get to their limit and exceed it just to finish, hats off to ya.
Anyone else feel the same way? Or am I underestimating my level of fitness.
Despite this niggling negativity, Im already making plans to go do the Sydney TM.
I qualified for worlds toughest mudder champ. I just think that you are a selfish, ignorant cunt.
BAHAHAHA I thought YOU were a crossfitter! LOL I first encountered cross fitters at the Warrior Challenge in November and was amazed that they were so focussed on 'winning' that I watched many of them cheat in the challenges! Hubby was getting miffed at them until I reminded him that they were only cheating themselves.
I think the main reason TM Melbourne was easy was because of the ridiculous waits at obstacles. At several of the obstacles we were waiting for 10-30 minute, I spoke to one guy who waiting an hour and a half in the Mud Mile. This made TM Melbourne a test of my patience instead of a test of endurance. I ran the distance of the event but my body had time to recover during each of these waits, making it easier than my usual 20km run. I didn't expect my TM experience to compose of waiting in lines.
That being said, I'll still be attending Sydney and the next Melbourne TM.
I loved the spirit on comradeship; it was great to see everyone helping everyone on the track. I understand that this was their first Australian event and their still finding their feel. I'm just hopeful that TM will figure out an effective way to stop bottlenecks from forming at obstacles next time so we can test ourselves properly.
I'd concur that it could have been a tougher event, and our team made it around without too much of a problem - We've provided that feedback in the evaluation to TM and hopefully they'll ramp it up for future events. I don't blame them at all for it this year though - First Aust event - they're finding their feet and it can only get better. Give them some positive, but honest and constructive feedback in your evaluation and I'm sure it will be improved next year.
Having said that, we saw an awful lot of people walking the course, including footy teams and very fit looking individuals - So either they didn't find it easy or were just taking it easy. Either way they can't complain about it not being tough enough.
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