As humans we can find meaning in anything. There is always an insight, lesson or a parallel as I like to call it… sometimes its blaringly obvious, other times you need to look carefully.
I’ve just completed a second Tough Mudder and it was another challenging and amazing experience that was the culmination of months of training, hard work, dedication, commitment and team work. For those of you who don’t know Tough Mudder events are hardcore 20 km-long obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie.
For me this was more than just a challenge or an endurance event and I couldn’t help but draw the parallels with life and reflect on the experience, specifically:
It’s a challenge not a race:
This is the mantra of Tough Mudder and just like life it’s not about getting to the finish line quickly but navigating the course and completing all obstacles successfully – with your team whilst having fun! As the saying goes “If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together”.
Leave no mudder behind:
You start as a team and finish as a team leaving no one behind on the course, instead supporting and encouraging each other along the way, helping up those who fall down or who are struggling with an obstacle. If we all suspended judgement and committed to ensure that no one in society was left behind, went hungry, had access to education, support, or somewhere to live then imagine how much better the world would be!
Your mind will give up a long time before your body does:
The internal fight and the ability to push through mental resistance and ignore negative self-talk, pain, “feel the fear and do it anyway” or whatever you want to call it is one of the key attributes of successful people. Nothing good comes easy and the mind will demand you quit a long time before the body does. Once you realise this and begin to develop the capabilities to step outside of your comfort zone and what simply feels good it’s incredible what you can achieve and how much you grow.
Power Vinyasa Yoga creates strength and endurance capabilities:
Yogi’s are tough – physically and mentally. Our team was made up of Yogis – most who had recently completed a 40 Day Yoga Challenge and practised around 5 times per week on average. Sure we ran together once a week in the lead up but what positioned us to complete the course in a stunning time of 2.5 hours together was mostly Power Vinyasa Yoga. It’s great for building strength, tone and endurance. If you want a hard core work out try a 90 minute power Vinyasa Yoga class!
Train for an event:
If you have committed to an event like Tough Mudder or a race in the future you will train more often, train harder and be more likely to push yourself. Make it a team event and this will further increase the likelihood and your enjoyment!
If you hit a wall go over it:
There will always be obstacles on your path to success and greatness in life – whatever that means for you. Expect these and don’t quit – find a way over them!
Together Everyone Achieves More.
Pain heals, chicks dig scars, and glory last forever:
Pretty simple really.
The world’s best beer is the one that’s handed to you as you cross the finish line of Tough Mudder with a bunch of mates.. 🙂
I’m already looking forward to the next Tough Mudder later this year! If you think you’ve got what it takes find a Tough Mudder near you here.