Is the Tough Mudder Tyler Durden Tough?

It seems like a simple question that should get a simple answer but as I’ve learned most things in life are a matter of perception. Click To Tweet

I’ve come to that moment in life where I’m just too happy and content, that means I’m missing something right?

I’ve competed in some sort of manner from T-Ball when I was 5 years old to MMA in my 30s.

Now I’m 41, happily married to a beautiful wife and have 2 amazing kids, life is too good for me right now.

Why is it when I’m at the best moment in my life I feel I’m missing something?

Is it some sort of self-abasement or penance I deserve for having such a comfortable environment and surroundings?

 Am I lacking the primitive instincts of the Hunter Gatherer, tackling all types of beasts and prey to provide while fending off attackers and defending the village?

So, what is this Tough Mudder all about?

The event was cofounded by Will Dean and Guy Livingstone, Will Dean got the idea from an event in his home country of England called Tough Guy Races.

Will developed and presented the idea while studying at Harvard Business School and was a semifinalist in the school’s annual business plan competition.

Now after some research I couldn’t find which business plan took first place, but I would say Tough Mudder has been a successful runner up.

Since it’s inaugural race in 2010 which drew 4,500 participants Tough Mudder now has over 150 employees with a worldwide reach.

Tough Mudder is an obstacle course which runs about 12 miles and has close to 25 obstacles like the Arctic Enema. An obstacle where competitors dive into a dumpster filled with ice water, swim under a plank that goes across the dumpster, and then pull themselves out on other side.

Or how about the Electroshock Therapy, a fun little obstacle with live wires hanging over a path of mud that participants need to navigate through.

Is it safe?

Overall yes, reportedly only 1% of participants have suffered some sort of injury and about 90% of those injured were able to return to the race with no further medical treatment needed.

However, one death did occur in a Tough Mudder race in 2013 when a participant was killed during a mishap on the “Walk the Plank” obstacle in West Virginia.

How hard is it to finish the race?

Well, to start you can’t do this alone.

Many participants will enter as an individual, but bonds quickly form from the comradery of the participants pushing each other to the end.

A smart design by the designers that many of the obstacles can’t be completed solo and teams are needed to complete the course.

About 25% or 1 out of 4 entrants are not able to complete the course.

Compare that to the 2018 Boston Marathon where the Globe reported Even in miserable conditions, more than 95 percent of runners finished the Marathon

If you can successfully complete the race you can become a “Legionnaire,” and receive a headband.

The headbands change color with the number of runs you have completed— orange for your first one all the way up to black for 10 or more races completed.

Why do we always need more, is this what it means to have a midlife crisis?

I don’t think so, according to the definition of midlife crisis “an emotional crisis of identity and self-confidence that can occur in early middle age.”

I am at no loss on my identity, I more than enjoy who I am, what I have done, and where I am at.

What I think best suits my perception of events to this point in my life is a quote from a movie that’s provided me as many spiritual and philosophical insights as any movie or book I’ve read.

“We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war… Our great depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars, but we won’t. We’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”

-Tyler Durden

So does Tough Mudder help provide that purpose or place, does it fill a void of having too much, or for being too comfortable in life?

Let’s hear from legionnaires on how the race goes or are you someone thinking about racing in a Tough Mudder this year.

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