Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tough Guy Challenge 2011

I've been rather quiet on the blog front over the past few weeks.  Obviously Christmas and New Year's can account for some of the inactivity, but to top it off I had the unfortunate business of getting the dreaded Swine Flu which well and truly knocked me out for a time, and has left me with a bit of a bad chest even now.  I hate succumbing to illness!

My main endeavour at the moment has been training for an event I am taking part in at the end of the month: Tough Guy Challenge.

"TGC is the world's safest, most dangerous taste of mental and physical pain, fear and endurance."

Essentially, it's a 6 mile cross country run through mud, ditches, rivers and up a variety of hills followed by The Killing Fields: a fiendishly designed assault course where competitors must crawl through tunnels, wade through freezing water, climb cargo nets, jump through fire, run through electrified wires, and even 'walk the plank'. There is also a lot of mud. A lot.

While I've always considered myself to be at a reasonable level of fitness, it wasn't until the beginning of 2010 that I decided to give running a try.  With some encouragement from my wife (who, I hasten to add, is a very good competitive runner) I decided to enter a few 10k races and found I really enjoyed them.

Entering a race or event before you feel you're ready for it is a great motivational tool - it pushes you to improve and forces you to make sure you are ready.  As a Project Manager I wouldn't ordinarily endorse the idea of 'leaping before you look' but in this case it's really quite effective.

This was the mentality behind myself, my wife and a friend of ours entering one of the toughest endurance races in the world...

The event takes place on Sunday 30th January -- wish me luck!

If you're interested in finding out more, there are some great photos here.  No. 26 was actually a huge inspiration for me in deciding to enter.

You can also visit the TGC website here: www.toughguy.co.uk