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Race Recap! Tough Mudder Norcal 2011

Tough Mudder came and went, and our team BODY LIKE ARNOLD WITH A DENZEL FACE survived and completed the whole course! We screamed, we bled, and we kicked ass.

Actual course map here.

DISTANCE: 13 miles




  • DAVE GOT A FREE MOHAWK! Yup, before the race at the meeting area, there were booths for free mullets and mohawks. Too bad none of these epic hair towers survived.


  • ELECTRO-SHOCK THERAPY WASN'T THAT BAD: The last obstacle right before the finish line was something I didn't look forward to at all. We had to run through a field of dangling electrical wires, and some were live. By the time we finished the race, a lot of them were ripped down so there were plenty of open spaces to maneuver through. I did get shocked once but it a cake walk compared to other obstacles. 


  • MOST UNCOMFORTABLE OBSTACLE- CHERNOBYL JACUZZI: It's an 8-feet long tub filled with ice water we had to climb into, duck under to get past a barrier, and get to the other side. Sounds pretty easy. What people didn't know is that past the barrier, the other half of the tub was pretty much ALL ICE and you had to shove ice upwards to get back to the surface for air. I don't think I will ever forget that image of eight people desperately and frantically trying to climb out of the tub with hypothermia setting in. People's bodies were definitely in shock, and some individuals actually had to get carried away by the medical team. 


  • MY T-REX ARMS: One of the harder obstacles for me was the "Boa Constrictor" where we had to crawl through tubes lined with gravel and rocks. There was even a point when it was filled with mud water. To prevent my knees and elbows from getting sand-blasted into bloody nubs, I planked/mountain-climber my whole way through. Did some heavy damage to my wimpy arms.


  • ELEVATION DESTROYED ME: Even with all the marathon training, I just couldn't run at that elevation. The course started at 6000ft and went up to 8000ft, and I felt like I was running out of air to fill my lungs. Not being able to run was heartbreaking.
  • WALK THE PLANK: Another ice water challenge was when we had to scale up a 30ft high scaffold and dive into a very deep and icy pond. It wasn't the height that's scary - it was staring down at the surface of the water, knowing that once my body hits the water, I will probably go into shock. And I did. After hanging on to a rafter nearby and tried to breathe normally instead of hyper ventilating, I was able to swim across the pond...even though I couldn't feel my feet.




People have been asking me "why would anyone do this to themselves?" Or worse, "why would you do such a stupid, pointless thing? You're retarded."

I don't have a smart-ass answer. I don't even have a meaningful answer. It was fun. It was definitely an experience, and I did it with friends. 

But man, we sure look awesome in these photos though.

Reader Comments (5)

So awesome, congrats on the achievement! Just listened to the podcast, too. It sounds super tough for sure, but i decided that it's something i want to do at some point.

September 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter468545154

I am exhausted and beat up just looking at the photos. Great job!

September 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpatrick

You need to register a domain that points to this blog entry. Then every time someone tries to belittle you, you reply with "imatoughmofo dot com"...

September 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlien426

You look like a total badass in this pictures, Karen. Total. Bad. Ass.

December 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKen

Ugh. "These". Stupid typos.

December 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKen

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