Posted by brendanz
For those of you doing the tough mudder this coming weekend who weren’t able to make it to Amelia’s Tough Mudder Strategy Talk (tsk tsk), here’s the outline she made with some key tips and prep points for the race. Take a minute and look over this as Amelia is quite experienced when it comes to obstacle races; you’d be foolish not to. If you see her around the gym be sure to thank her as well. She was wiling to take time out of her busy schedule to put this together which is greatly appreciated!
Amelia’s contact info and blog are at the bottom, if you have more detailed questions feel free to reach out to her (in relation to these races). Now read up and get ready to run your best race ever!
Obstacle Course Racing
- Shoes: Entirely acceptable to run in an old pair of running shoes (there are places to toss them afterwards), but a good pair of trail running/mud shoes won’t get weighed down and will provide much better traction.
- Recommendations: Salomon Speedcross 3; inov-8 x-talons, mud claws, bare grips, trailrocs; La Sportiva Crosslite. Trail running shoes such as Brooks Pure Grit, Cascadia or Saucony Peregrine are a nice “in between” shoe.
- Clothes: Compression gear, spandex. Anything that doesn’t retain water and get bogged down.
- Recommendations: Cheap is the name of the game here – expect rips and holes.
- Gloves: Split of opinion on this. I generally find that gloves don’t help grip for any obstacles, but others swear by them.
- Recommendations: Mad Grip ($10 on amazon); cheap gardening sticky gloves
- Rope Climbs: Don’t try to climb like a Crossfitter here. There will be knots – use them.
- Barbed Wire Crawls: If it’s clear, roll, don’t crawl. Saves your knees and energy.
- Walls: I find it easiest to grab the top, and use your feet to “climb” the wall. Or, help each other. Unless you are racing in an elite heat, help is always allowed.
- Electroshock: Use your arms to part the wires so you’ll get hit there first. Protect your head (and mouth).
- Monkey Bars: Wipe your hands in dirt to get some grip, and try to find the least muddy set. Hook OVER the bars as much as possible.
- Rings: Find a rhythm in your swing. Slow and steady will get you across.
- Tyrolean traverse: Go on top, not underneath. Hook your top leg and use your arms to pull.
- Tire flips/drags/etc: Use your legs; keep your back out of flips. Find a rope that’s long enough to hoist over your shoulder for the drags.
- In general: If you are not a runner, don’t be afraid to walk. Well over 50% of the people out there are walking the course, especially if there are hills. Just be courteous if it is single track and runners are trying to pass.
What to bring on race day:
- Trash bags: Your clothes will be muddy – throw them in, and deal with them when you get home
- One or two full size towels, and a hand towel: There will be “showers,” but for drying off
- Change of clothes; extra warm clothes
- Nutrition: For a race longer than 5 miles, I’d carry a gel or two with me. Bring post race snacks, bars, etc.
- ID (for race check in), camera/phone, cash, a Sharpie and car keys: They will have waivers and race numbers if you forget yours.
Check out these races
- Tough Mudder (10-12 miles) (May 18th/19th)
- Warrior Dash (3 miles) (June 15th & 16th)
- Spartan Race
- Midwest Super (8-9 miles): July 20th and 21st
- Wisconsin Beast (11-12miles): October 8th and 9th
- Superhero Scramble: August 24th
- Villian Option (13 miles)
- Super Villian (26+ miles)
- Men’s Health Urbanathlon (13 miles): October 19th
- http://mudandadventure.com/ (calendar of races; reviews)
- http://mudmanreport.blogspot.com/ (race reviews)
My contact info