Monday, April 22, 2013

JFW is ready for the Tough Mudder


I have my 1st official Tough Mudder this week and I am very excited to say that my training is complete and I get a well needed (and deserved) 4 days of rest prior to hitting the mud. I thought some of you might find it helpful to see what I have done to prepare and what gear I am using. 

My first big change was my diet. I went with a Paleo diet back on January 7th and have not looked back. The first few weeks were not easy but now it has become my way of eating/living and I love it. I basically went with 3 meals a day with an occasional (and rare) afternoon snack. I eliminated all processed food, sugar, most dairy, most gluten and added in a lot of bacon. I did not eliminate alcohol entirely but I did cut it down to virtually zero. From a results standpoint I lost about 12 pounds and have found that my endurance and strength has really improved. 

As for my training, I basically have been doing 4 metcons per week and one day of lifting for the bulk of the 16 weeks. About a month or so ago I dropped the lifting days for 3 weeks and did an extra metcon that was designed to be longer and a test of my endurance. For the last 3 weeks I have also been doing short (2-4 miles) trail runs to get the feel of my equipment but other than that I have only run if it was included in a WOD or if a boyfriend was chasing me. Since most of the training happened in the Ohio winter, I have done quite a bit of rowing. With that said, I feel my cardio is really high and the running will be the least of my worries. 

Here is my list of gear:

Shoes: Salomon Speedcross 3 - Everyone told me not to buy new shoes but that went over like a fart in church. I like new shoes and I really don't want to fall so I got shoes with cleats. These feel great when I run in them so I plan to wash them and use them for future trail running. Also they look cool so those of you not wearing shoes with traction can suck it....

Gloves: Under Armor fingerless mesh. I bought these begrudgingly. I dont like wearing gloves but I like splinters even less. We'll see how they do. Worst case is I can take them off and toss them mid race...

Socks: Inijini toe socks - Yes I bought toe socks to avoid blisters. Don't judge me.
 
Compression Calf sleeves 

Skins Arm sleeves

NeoSport 2 piece wetsuit: It's gonna be 45 degrees at game time and the first event is an ice bath. I have no intention of getting frostbite on the undercarriage (or as I call them, the bush twins) so I got a wet suit. It is amazingly easy to run in and should keep me warm enough. It also really enhances the whole baby seal thing I have going...

Lululemon shorts: I'm wearing these over the wetsuit. No one needs to see me smuggling the chihuahua. Also I'll remind you of the ice bath and I'm trying to save some embarrassment....

Lululemon skull cap: I'm bald so this is to avoid sunburn and keep the water out of my eyes. Of all my gear this is the one thing I am not convinced I need but I can pocket it if it gets in the way...

KT Tape: I'm using this on my knee, shoulder, and back. I know it's probably voodoo medicine but at this point I'm not taking any chances. I also might consult a Ouija board just before start time as well...

The only thing I have left to do between now and Saturday is rest and eat right. My plan is tons of sweet potatoes, bacon, and water. That is the food trinity and should basically get me thru the whole race. Wish me luck...




2 comments:

  1. Jiminy Cricket I think the only thing missing on your supply list is an ATV or maybe a jet pack... I feel vastly unprepared...
    -RxRigby

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  2. I have a jet pack. I just didn't want to brag...

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