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    Quote Originally Posted by robin.armit View Post
    Yeah 20Km I ran it with a mate and we did it in 2hours 40mins, so an average time I guess. The obstacles were tough and the electro shock ones felt like I was being hit by a hammer! The ice bath was also bad because they put that right at the start after the first couple of kilometres. So you were warmed up and then suddenly freezing it made everything that came after it very difficult.

    On top of that it was 20km of running through very muddy very hilly English country side. So just the running itself was a challenge. There were people much fitter than I am who were getting cramp just from trying to get their feet unstuck from the mud!
    It took until yesterday before I could move properly again. haha
    Seems like you enjoy hurting yourself but... when processing it in my mind, it sounds like a great challenge!
    I bet you felt really good after you finished it & realized how crazy it was!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel.RevenueJet View Post
    Seems like you enjoy hurting yourself
    haha well I normally play rugby so I wouldn't say I enjoy hurting myself but I'm used to it

    Yeah it was very fun, to be honest I prefer doing something like that over doing a marathon. I find just running kind of boring personally, and difficult to motivate myself to do it. So doing something like Tough Mudder is perfect for me really, running a half marathon with challenges all the way

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    Quote Originally Posted by robin.armit View Post
    haha well I normally play rugby so I wouldn't say I enjoy hurting myself but I'm used to it

    Yeah it was very fun, to be honest I prefer doing something like that over doing a marathon. I find just running kind of boring personally, and difficult to motivate myself to do it. So doing something like Tough Mudder is perfect for me really, running a half marathon with challenges all the way
    The thought of an obstacle course really interests me. Running does not. I also find it very boring and because of the type of training I do, running is quite hard. My muscles are good for fast short bursts, not endurance. I will admit that weights has made my legs stronger and I can run far better than I ever have before, but to a certain point and once I cross that point it is like dragging two dead weights through quick sand. 10km is about my limit and that's pushing it.

    What other kind of obstacles were there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renee View Post
    The thought of an obstacle course really interests me. Running does not. I also find it very boring and because of the type of training I do, running is quite hard. My muscles are good for fast short bursts, not endurance. I will admit that weights has made my legs stronger and I can run far better than I ever have before, but to a certain point and once I cross that point it is like dragging two dead weights through quick sand. 10km is about my limit and that's pushing it.

    What other kind of obstacles were there?
    Obstacles were varied, mostly variations on military assault courses - with sadistic twists like fire and electrocution, and icy water. It involved running, swimming, climbing, and more. It is a challenge both mentally and physically. It is good to do with a group of friends, though to keep you motivated to do it. However, even if you were by yourself, other participants help you to get passed obstacles. Here's a link to the main Tough Mudder site, and it has a video of people doing the event. If you go to YouTube also you will see hundreds of videos obstacles you might find.

    http://toughmudder.com/

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    what about iron man?

    where you thinking bout trying?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel.RevenueJet View Post
    what about iron man?

    where you thinking bout trying?
    Iron Man the triathlon that's over 100 miles long?

    Only if they allow me to drive the land part, and use a speed boat in the water, !!

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    Between iron man and tough mudder I don't know which one is worse.

    The electrocution or having to swim in the ocean where a shark could eat me (I haven't been in the ocean properly for 20 years because I'm scared of sharks).

    What was your favourite obstacle?
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    Relax don't worry about sharks, they usually only go after surfers anyway.....lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by universal4 View Post
    Relax don't worry about sharks, they usually only go after surfers anyway.....lol

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    LOL you have no idea. I can't even really talk about it. Even just thinking about them makes me start sweating and feeling nauseous.

    We went to thailand for a holiday in Jan last year and went on a tour that we didn't know was going to be in a boat the whole time. So we got to the place where they filmed "The Beach" and everyone got out of the boat and was swimming. I got on the beach and my fiance said just come in I will stay with you. I got to my knees and started balling my eyes out. I couldn't physically force myself to go in any further. My heart was racing a million miles an hour and I felt like I was going to pass out. And there are NO sharks there!

    If I'm in a pool by myself and I see a shadow I'm out. That's how bad it is. And I know that it's totally irrational. I can tell you there would never be a shark in a pool, and that if I went in the beach there are so many other people out there that the likelihood of me being the one that gets attacked is so low. But I still cannot bring myself to go in.

    OK I have to stop now because I'm starting to make myself sick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renee View Post
    Between iron man and tough mudder I don't know which one is worse.

    The electrocution or having to swim in the ocean where a shark could eat me (I haven't been in the ocean properly for 20 years because I'm scared of sharks).

    What was your favourite obstacle?
    As far as I am concerned Iron Man is definitely worse. At least the painful obstacles in Tough Mudder are over and done with quickly. Unless you somehow managed to get stuck in the electric wires, I can imagine that being pretty terrible. My favourite obstacle was probably the one they call Everest which is a large, slippy half-pipe. Much to everyone's surprise and mine I somehow managed to clear it without assistance. Although my favourite part was receiving my free pint of Strongbow at the finish line!

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    Quote Originally Posted by universal4 View Post
    Relax don't worry about sharks, they usually only go after surfers anyway.....lol

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    A few years ago, i went surfing in Mexico in a beach where just a week before a surfer was attacked by a shark !
    I didn't know about it till the time i was in deep waters & some random surfer decided to mention it.

    I was too high from the fun & sun i just ignored ...

    Renne- what made you so afraid?

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    where I come from we are surrounded by sea and free from Sharks so its ok to enjoy the water. That being said, it is not our territory so a part of me does get scared. My biggest obstacle is trying to find the motivation to even consider exercise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robin.armit View Post
    As far as I am concerned Iron Man is definitely worse. At least the painful obstacles in Tough Mudder are over and done with quickly. Unless you somehow managed to get stuck in the electric wires, I can imagine that being pretty terrible. My favourite obstacle was probably the one they call Everest which is a large, slippy half-pipe. Much to everyone's surprise and mine I somehow managed to clear it without assistance. Although my favourite part was receiving my free pint of Strongbow at the finish line!
    Ah yeah I saw that in the tough mudder vid for the Australian one coming in October. I think that is something I wouldn't have trouble with either as I have a very strong upper body. Getting up high enough to jump to the top would probably be the biggest issue for me. I see they put things like vegetable oil and other slippery stuff on there so people can't get up. Torture! I can only imagine the people watching have so much more fun than the competitors.

    OMG I can't even imagine getting stuck in the electric wires. I would cry like a baby. I imagine you're probably very wet by then too so it would hurt a lot more.

    Good old strongbow!

    @ Rachel - When I was about 8 I was an avid boogie boarder so I would go out as far as possible and one day my dad was in at the shore up to his knees and something was touching his legs. He bent down and pulled out a massive tuna that had freshly been bitten in half with what looked like shark teeth. From all the way out all I could hear was my dad screaming at us to get out of the water. Since then, Thailand was the first time I have been in up to my knees. I can't even usually get that far and that's the farthest I've ever been.

    My biggest obstacle is trying to find the motivation to even consider exercise.
    Hahaha this made me laugh. Motivation is like bathing - it doesn't last. That's why it is recommended daily

    Find something you like doing. Maybe dance classes or something that doesn't actually feel like exercise. Trick your brain. By the time it realises you're exercising you will be loving it too much to stop.

    I find the biggest motivation for me is seeing results. Once I start seeing results from something new or something else that I'm doing, I find it really hard to stop. It becomes so easy to keep going.
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    @ Rachel - When I was about 8 I was an avid boogie boarder so I would go out as far as possible and one day my dad was in at the shore up to his knees and something was touching his legs. He bent down and pulled out a massive tuna that had freshly been bitten in half with what looked like shark teeth. From all the way out all I could hear was my dad screaming at us to get out of the water. Since then, Thailand was the first time I have been in up to my knees. I can't even usually get that far and that's the farthest I've ever been.

    soory to hear that, i hope that sometime in the future, you will be able to overcome this fear!


    I find the biggest motivation for me is seeing results. Once I start seeing results from something new or something else that I'm doing, I find it really hard to stop. It becomes so easy to keep going.[/QUOTE]

    i totally agree with you @Renee !

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    Well I have started today on some new supps as I'd like to see if they make a difference to my gains.

    Pre-workout I took L-carnitine, which is an amino acid and lipotropic fat burner. Since my ultimate goal is to lose fat and gain muscle, I looked into the types of fat burners for pre-workout and found that lipotropic is a winner over thermal. Thermal fat burners are usually used during the last cutting for comps and should only really be used for 6-8 weeks at a time. I've used L-carnitine previously and I liked how my body reacted to it.

    Post-workout I took BCAAs, Flaxseed Oil, a WPI protein powder and Glucosamine. I've run out of magnesium or I would have taken that too.

    Today is going to be a high carb day as it was leg day and I also have a cardio session in the evening. I can already feel the wobbles!

    I will admit, leg day is my favourite day of the week. I love the feeling that my muscles aren't connected to my body anymore and I'm starting to be able to see a third muscle in my quads, so i know I'm doing something right.

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    And 6 hours later this is what I'm feeling like:

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    Today was chest and biceps (and abs - every day is abs day). Pecs are feeling pretty tight. Trying to stretch them out all day while sitting at the desk. OUCH!

    Doms from yesterday are good. Can barely sit on the loo.

    This week our gym chain has started an 8 week challenge. The winner overall gets $1000. The winner at our gym gets 2 months free membership and 2nd gets 1 month free membership. I'm not really sure how they decide the winner since there will be people there doing weight loss and people doing muscle gain, but I have a consult with the trainer tomorrow so he can take my measurements and weigh me and take pics (I think) so I will ask him then.

    How is everyone else going after the weekend? Everyone still drunk? I can HEAR the tumbleweed in here!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renee View Post
    Today was chest and biceps (and abs - every day is abs day). Pecs are feeling pretty tight. Trying to stretch them out all day while sitting at the desk. OUCH!

    Doms from yesterday are good. Can barely sit on the loo.

    This week our gym chain has started an 8 week challenge. The winner overall gets $1000. The winner at our gym gets 2 months free membership and 2nd gets 1 month free membership. I'm not really sure how they decide the winner since there will be people there doing weight loss and people doing muscle gain, but I have a consult with the trainer tomorrow so he can take my measurements and weigh me and take pics (I think) so I will ask him then.

    How is everyone else going after the weekend? Everyone still drunk? I can HEAR the tumbleweed in here!
    Went New York 2 weekends back, a seaside break here this weekend gone and going Paris for the Arc de Triomphe this coming weekend so taking a battering on the booze, weather is fairly crap again.

    Going to get back in the gym next week until I come over to Perth in December

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    If only drinking was an olympic sport eh?

    Isn't there a marathon in new york sometime soon?

    And Perth in December. You love Oz eh?
    I hope you know it will be about 50C there in December. Bring your 100+ sunscreen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renee View Post
    If only drinking was an olympic sport eh?

    Isn't there a marathon in new york sometime soon?

    And Perth in December. You love Oz eh?
    I hope you know it will be about 50C there in December. Bring your 100+ sunscreen.
    My brother lives in Perth now so coming over to watch the cricket and see him

    Coming with my mate whos a ginger so he'll have factor asbestos with him to keep him safe lol

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