Well, we did it. Oh, that's right...I forgot to mention that Deb (aka Ultra-Girl) and I were participating in the 2008 Muddy Buddy!
The day was absolutely perfect for any type of outdoor activity. It was overcast...hardly any humidity...and a light sprinkle for most of the day...by the way, that light sprinkle? Well, it just made the getting muddy part even more fun than I had expected.
In case you don't know what Muddy Buddy is here's a quick video from their website (watch the video: What is the Muddy Buddy?). Basically, it's a 6-7 mile bike and run course with an obstacle course thrown in for fun. At each obstacle you and your partner switch off on the bike. The trails weren't that technical which was good for both Ultra-Girl and I because neither one of us had any experience on the mountain bike. (Actually, I take that back...if you ask my Muddy Buddy she will tell you that it was pretty technical...she drew the short end of the stick and ended up on the bike for all the pretty bad areas. Sorry Deb!) It was really well organized and the obtacles made me feel like I was at an adult summer camp (complete with a beer garden at the end!). The obstacles consisted of rope walls, walking across balance beams, sliding down one of those huge inflatable slides, and the finale of all obstacles: The Mud Pit. This obstacle required you and your buddy to meet at the end and crawl through a huge mud pit on your belly, hands and knees, or your back if you felt like swimming the back stroke.
We started off about an hour behind since we were in the next to last wave of participants, which wasn't necessarily a good thing because that just meant that the trails were pretty chewed up by the time we got there...I was really nervous to start off on the bike because I had no idea what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that some of the girls in our wave were much less graceful than I am and were eating the dirt right from the start! I was a little over zealous on my first leg and refused to walk the bike up any hills...my quads were paying for that later when I had to run! By my 2nd and 3rd time on the bike I decided that there was no shame in getting off of my bike and running it up some of those hills! The run portions were pretty easy...a combination of walking and running...and like I said, the trails were so chewed up and couple that with the rain, in some spots walking was all I could do!
Since I was the first on the bike, that meant I was the last as well. At the end I waited just a few minutes for Ultra-Girl (we were actually really in sync with each other and I never had to wait more than a minute for her to come around the corner!) and it was off to the mud pit...Troy was waiting for us and decided to take one last semi-clean picture of us before we entered the mud pit.
The Mud Pit: All I can say is that it is very deceiving....it looks like it's not that deep, but it was at least up to my elbows in most places and slimy. I had noticed some people putting on knee pads before they entered and now I know why...it really felt like I was kneeling on glass in there. And I've got lots of little scrapes to prove it. Next year, I'm going full-fledge on my belly! It took us just a few minutes to get through it and cross the finish line. I really felt like a kid again! And of course Troy was there at the end to take more pictures!
After the picture taking Deb and I headed off to the showers where I think the guys were much more entertained than I would have imagined...I guess lines and lines of girls washing mud off of other girls was quite the entertainment for the day! (note: while Muddy Buddy has all male teams and coed teams, the all female teams start in the back...and finish in the back...hence the lines of girl on girl showering...and I wonder if the organizers plan it that way). I actually think the better entertainment for Troy was watching me try and change my clothes with a towel wrapped around me. He was supposed to be helping by the holding the towel up but instead thought it was much more fun to stand there and take pictures.
Then it was off to the beer garden...who doesn't love drinking beer at 11am??? We had a great time...met the announcer for the event (Hi Frank!)...I pimped my blog some...and we decided that Frank had the coolest job ever. Well, that is until we went to the Hard Rock Cafe for lunch and decided that the guy (or girl) who picks out the memorablia for the walls has the coolest job ever (sorry Frank!). I convinced the beer ticket ladies to give me more beer tickets than was necessary at 11am and Deb and Troy finally dragged me home....
Another hard day in my life....I don't know how I do it sometimes. Riding mountain bikes...running through the woods...crawling through mud...hard times guys...hard times...
If you want to know if I had fun and will do it again...well, I think this the face says it all!