Extreme obstacle races are known for being gruelling, cold, wet and dirty, so before making this journey, you need to ask yourself three key questions.
1 Is your goal to compete or complete?
If your goal is competing, you’ll have to do a lot of training to get yourself in the best possible shape to nail a good time. If you just want to complete the race, you can take things a bit easier and look forward to ‘enjoying’ a day in the mud.
2 Are you well-equipped?
You can count on the organisers doing what the Russians did with the snow at the Sochi Olympics and make things as wet and muddy as possible. You have to carefully consider what you’re going to wear and buy some new kit – even though it will probably get damaged during the obstacle race day.
Choose light-weight clothing: decide for material that wicks and dries quickly; avoid cotton or anything that soaks up water like a sponge. As for shoes, check the course on the event website and perhaps purchase a pair of off-road/adventure racing shoes which have drainage built in. These allow any water to escape rather than accompanying you for the rest of the race.
3 Are you prepared to get drenched?
It sounds obvious, but you can’t do an obstacle race like Tough Mudder without getting covered in mud, head to toe. So, when the gun goes, get stuck in from the start. Don’t try to avoid getting wet and muddy at the first obstacle. It won’t take you far.