Yes I decided to take the plunge and get into my first tough mudder, or so I thought.
My first ever obstacle course race (OCR).
I’m going to be honest with you though.
I was in two minds, as I’m paranoid about picking up injuries at the moment!
Plus I have no desire of scooping mud from the various crevices of my body for weeks to come!
It was only some persuasion from a friend of mine about the fun element and rather than mud…it’s inflatables!
Plus, my daughter, Lady P, wanted to do it.
I have to protect my little girl from those other OCR maniacs!
I do admire the whole tough mudder explosion.
Young and old, families and friends, fit and unfit.
They pay their entry fee.
Do some training.
Show up and have some fun and get physically challenged too.
Sure, some of the obstacles are too tough or scary.
But hey, they can just walk around them and carry on.
Now what you might not know is that there is a huge drop out rate for these races.
People that enter then don’t even bother showing up, its ranges between 10-20%.
Teams fall apart, and people and work mates get let down.
It’s the same for Marathons, Triathlons, Half Marathons and Fun Runs.
Well there are those who have a legitimate reason.
Injury, illness etc.
Then there are those who just thought it was a good idea at the time.
Like to tell their friends about it but…
…never bothered doing the training.
Somehow, they thought miraculously the training would happen all by itself!
If there’s no accountability, they wont make the effort.
They wont do it.
Getting back in shape is the same.
How many books, how many videos, how many free downloads?
Joining a gym (again)?
Because unless you actually show up.
Do the work.
Nothing will ever change!
You just have decide which one you are?
The type who talks about it?
Or the type who will show up?
The sun is coming.
Spring is on its way.
Don’t leave it till the last minute to get back in shape.
As for a tough mudder. Maybe next time!
Russell ‘inflatables this time’ Pearcy
Russell Pearcy has been working as a health and fitness coach for over 25 years helping men and women who feel tired and washed up get back in shape. Russell has also draws upon his experience as an Ironman triathlete to help coach others through this life changing transformation.