Mudd, Sweat and Tears Completed!

Friday, 20 June 2014

Lately I’ve found it difficult to keep up with everything that is going on. Lots of exciting things have happened and are happening with us!
The main thing that has occupied my time as of late was training for Mudd, Sweat and Tears. The race was on Saturday last week and all four of our team members successfully completed it! Boy was it hard…this is how it went:
  1. Sprint ½ a km
  2. Army crawl underneath barbed wire (twice)
  3. Climb over a giant haybale
  4. Walk to the next obstacle
  5. Hike up a giant hill (15m+ elevation) with a 30lb sandbag on your shoulders
  6. Hike back down
  7. Walk to the next obstacle (uphill ;))
  8. 15ft rope climb (there were a few knot spacing choices i.e. harder vs. easier)
  9. First 9ft wall
  10. Walk/run to the next obstacle but intermittently have to crawl/jump over horse jumps
  11. Drag a semi tire until the rope that was attached to it was straighten out, run to the post that the rope was tied to and pull the tire back up to the post
  12. Walk/run to the next obstacle
  13. Carry a cinderblock through a pond and back
  14. Walk/run down a  large hill than back up than back down than back up
  15. Second 9ft wall (this one had hand holds)
  16. Two rails of monkeys bars
  17. Third 9ft wall (no hand holds)
Repeat again…the total distance was 9.2km… There was quite a bit of elevation gain throughout the whole thing so it was difficult to run it. One very big mistake I made was to get caught up in all the fuss at the beginning of the race and go too hard too fast. ¾ of the way up the sandbag hill I almost passed out, luckily my husband was there to grab the sandbag and carry it the rest of the way up. He was basically the only reason I got through the first loop of the race, boosting me over the walls, lots of encouraging words etc. The second loop was WAY better, we actually started to have fun, we were all warmed up and knew what to expect so we could prepare ourselves. The second time around the loop I even did the rope climb (the first time around I opted for the penalty of 15 burpees, 15 squats and 15 pushups).
This race was definitely not for the faint of heart but now that I know what it is all about I am addicted!! I can’t wait for next year and to be able to do it again :)
Next is a bunch of work related things! I am going to be moving positions into a role I’ve been after for almost 1.5 years. I start June 30th as a Production Engineer. My husband has now successfully completed all his tests etc. for his red seal designation as a carpenter, all he has to do is fill in some paperwork and he is a RED SEAL JOURNEYMAN CARPENTER. He also found out yesterday that he’ll be moving back to working in the north which means his jobsites will be 5 minutes from home as opposed to 45 minutes from home.
Things are finally starting to slow down and we are able to enjoy our house, backyard and family/friends. In fact this weekend I think I am going to look at some trees for the backyard! I have some fun projects that are in my arsenal that I will finally have time to complete (like the mudroom…)

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