The "About" section on the Tough Mudder page is embarassing. Its just for gym bunnies who like to watch each other lift weights and drink protein shakes while talking about their latest bulking phase. In short, cnuts.
Catcat - i am with you on the need to 'finish it'. We were stopped from doing the water jump as there were too many casualties at that point hence i am preparing again.... Eek! i am crapping myself.
The Rat Race "Dirty Weekend" is probably the hardest obstacle race in the UK.
I don't know if harder or tougher than others as I don't enter for those reasons but I enjoyed the Winter Wolf Run. Lots of mud, lots of very cold water, good mix of natural and unnatural obstacles including superb hill slide. A different challenge to my usual half marathon.
I just finished Tough guy yesterday. Boy was it an ordeal. I did it with 2 of my friends, we all had hyperthermia, and one of us didn't finish. I've come out with what looks like severe road rash on both of my elbows and countless cuts and scrapes all over.
The thing about tough guy as pointed out above, it first drains you physically, then mentally and finally emotionally. By the end of the race, I didn't have any thoughts in my brain besides keep moving forward, I wasn't even happy when I finished, I think my brain was so destroyed, I was incapable of emotion. Easily the toughest event I've ever done, including the OMM, but haven't done Tough Mudder so can't really comment, but given the difference in drop out rates, I'd have no hesitation thinking tough guy is much tougher. I'd like to do Tough Mudder, just to know the difference, and see if it really is a lot easier than tough guy though.
I have to say I find Tough Mudder physically harder! Tough guy was only hard because of the cold! There was soooo much time lost at obstacles in queues and some of the high obstacles whilst impressive, where not physically challenging. Once I recovered from my near Hypothermic state, I can say I was not tired. I was circuit training at the gym the following day. Whereas, Tough Mudder emptied my energy can, and took me 3 days to recover because most of the obstacles are very aerobic.
If Tough guy were to space the starts by 20 mins or so like they do in Mudder, so you could get a real wiggle on, I think it would be an infinitely better race... No queues .... faster timing.... more energy spent....and no hypothermia. I believe that race may then be better and harder. If they measure how tough you are by your ability to withstand cold, then hands up i'm a wimp.LOL
Ah man, I was almost so ready to call it a day with these obstacle races, but hearing that Tough Mudder MAY be more physically challenging... Now I've got to find out myself
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