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Tough Mudder Day Episode 3 – Time to dig deep and finish this thing!

Firstly, I really want to say thank you again to you for your interest, support and encouragement as I trained for, participated in and eventually completed Tough Mudder – becoming the first blind person in the world to do so. I hope that you all felt a part of this world 1st achievement!

This achievement would never have been possible though without the rest of the Almost Fit team – Dirk Venter, Michael Meredith, Paul McGee and Glen Wellham and the support of my wife and family!

read on to learn about how I completed the remaining 12 obstacles and battled major leg cramps to finally cross the finish line

Tough Mudder Day Episode 2 – My life is mud

Episode 1 of my Tough Mudder Day was a cliff hanger! Well, maybe not so much a cliff hanger as a moderate hill of anticipation.

Had I really just completed the Electric Eel without a watery buzzy jolt of electricity?

Yes, it seems that I had. Thank goodness for that, although I was still very worried about Electroshock Therapy, which I knew was still to come and which was even worse than I was anticipating! But more about voluntarily walking into a curtain of live electrical wires later …

Read on to learn about how I tackled the obstacles known as kiss of mud, glory blades, trench warfare, cliff hanger and waterlogged, and how my legs started to fail me

4 Minutes of TV fame – guess that leaves me with 11 more to go?!

What I wasn’t really allowed to tell you during the weeks leading up to Tough Mudder Sydney is that the Channel Seven Today Tonight team, lead by Bryan Seymour, were interested in my Tough Mudder mission.

The crew were definitely planning on filming the Tough Mudder day itself, but also spent time in the lead up grabbing footage of me training, running and of course interacting with my beautiful family.

All up I’d say they would have ended up with around 10 hours of footage, including a bunch from a GoPro camera strapped to Dirk Venter’s chest. Well, at least it was attached most of the time!

I take my hat off to Bryan and his team who somehow turned all the footage, including a 10 minute interview with Renee and I, into a compelling four minute TV story . I now have a new insight about, and respect for, this form of journalism and story telling!

If you missed it, you can view it online here

Tough Mudder Day – Episode 1 – Let’s get tough and do this thing

Sorry that I have been silent of late. I am a lawyer by day, and nights too come to think of it, specialising in not-for-profit and charity law. Work has been pretty busy in the Tough Mudder aftermath.

I have though, as promised, written the first instalment of my experience of Tough Mudder.

read on to learn about the morning preparations, getting to the Eastern Creek venue, registering and all that stuff, the buz, excitement, atmosphere and hype, the start, obstacle 1 – Bale Bonds and obstical 2 – the dreaded Electric Eal

My first audio post – a radio interview on 5RPH

On Wednesday 16 October 2013, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Peter Greco for the 5RPH (1197AM) Vision Extra segment.

With Peter’s questions and prompting, we explore what Tough Mudder is, a little about my preparation, some of the more difficult obstacles such as the skateboard halfpipe and the infamous Electroshock Therapy and learn a little more about my life mottos “give it a go” and “just keep at it“.

Feel free to listen or download at your leisure.

We did it! Team Almost Fit completes all of Tough Mudder Sydney – 12 October 2013

After 4 hours and 19 minutes of hay bales, iced water, mud walls, underground trenches, electric shock therapy, monkey bars, a half pipe, rocky trails, 10km of major leg cramps and the ingestion of more mud than a childhood worth of mud pies, we completed Tough Mudder Sydney!

A massive thanks to the Almost Fit team of (in no particular order) Dirk Venter, Michael Meredith, Paul McGee and Glen Wellham for being part of the team that helped me become the first blind person in the world to finish Tough Mudder. And I can also report that we completed every single obstacle!

Thanks to you, too, for your encouragement and support. It really means a lot to me and certainly helped me push on when the going got … well … tough!

I will report more in the coming days.

I will also be putting up some more photos shortly, but in the meantime you can head on over to the Blind Power Facebook page to view a small sample of photos over there.

Epsom Salts, now that’s living dangerously

Darren Fittler holding an Epsom Salts box wearing a Danger Mouse shirt

With two sleeps until Tough Mudder, it’s into the bath with some epsom salts for me! Well, after some foam rolling, that is. Now that’s living dangerously! Speaking of which, anyone recognise our little friend on my shirt?

I thought you might be interested to know how my BioSignature testing went this week. In short, BioSignature testing involves using callipers to measure the amount of body fat from certain points around the body to help assess hormone levels and to help inform a course of action to improve health, fitness and well-being. Read more about BioSignature Modulation

But before I get to the results, I thought I’d also let you know read on to learn about my diet over the last couple of weeks and the results of my BioSignature testing

World First Blind Tough Mudder

The five members of the Almost Fit team

On 12 October 2013, Darren Fittler, a blind man from Sydney Australia, will be participating in Tough Mudder. If he completes the course, Tough Mudder has confirmed that he will be the first blind person in the world to do so.
read this post for the full article about Darren’s opportunity to be the ffirst blind person in the world to complete Tough Mudder

2Day FM and a challenge to Hamish Blake

The Almost Fit team and I got a tiny bit of radio exposure today. At about 9:10 this morning, I had a minute or so on 2Day FM’s Kyle and Jackie O show talking about my Tough Mudder plans. I learnt that Hamish Blake, a well known Australian media personality who also has a show on 2Day FM, is participating in Tough Mudder as well.

I couldn’t help myself. I had to throw out the challenge. So, if he is game, Hamish has now been invited to join me on an obstacle of his choice – blindfolded! Heck, I’ll even wear a blindfold, too, if that makes him feel better!

10% motivation and 90% routine – that’s all there is to it

In my experience, getting fit is about 90% routine and only 10% motivation.
And 90% of motivation is about setting realistic goals with the rest being a mixture of willpower and encouragement from others.

One of my recent goals is to complete Tough Mudder and this has definitely motivated me to train more, to run more and to eat better. Except for that little trip to the wine country perhaps!

If you are thinking about getting fitter, then read more about getting motivated

Website is live with four weeks to go!

Well, hello world, as they say!

After months of writing and learning, this little blog of mine is ready to rock. WooHoo!!

Now, while there are still a few little bugs and hiccups, I didn’t want to wait any longer, particularly as Tough Mudder is only four weeks away!

That’s right, in 28 days from now I will have run Tough Mudder. Can you believe it?

read more about the Blind Power Facebook page and my workout of the day

Coming clean

OK, so, you might recall in my Day of rest post me going on about hard work in the garden. I wrote:

I engaged in a little innocent gardening over the weekend and I am feeling it today!

Well, actually, what happened was that I aggravated an old rotator cuff injury from my swimming days. I didn’t think the damage was too bad, so I didn’t mention it at the time.

All should be good for Tough Mudder though, don’t worry. But read more about coming clean and today’s workout

Doh, no mojo!

Life has been pretty full over the last few weeks. What with getting this blog and the Almost Fit website up, usual lawyer work and some late and sleepless nights with sick kids, I really was feeling rather depleted today. And I must have looked it as well , even to Dirk. So, while I was still put through a reasonably heavy and substantial leg workout, it wasn’t as draining as the leg workouts we have been doing over the last 8 weeks or so.

read more about today’s workout

There can be only one … this week

There is quite a bit in today’s post. It didn’t start out that way, but things just grew.

In this post there is some Body Talk and the usual summary of my workout. I also reveal the results of today’s BioSignature Testing and share my musings on stupid balance-based exercises.

read the full post

A day of rest

Today is Father’s Day, at least in Australia.

I took this as a good excuse; one might even say ‘reason’, to take things a little easy. Particularly after what was a rather tough day in the garden yesterday!

And if I can’t slack off on Father’s Day, when can I?!

I do like getting out in the garden. But not being able to see what I am doing does lead to some interesting adventures and read more about gardening without sight and some more Body Talk

Father’s Day starts early

I didn’t get to train or run today as had a very important morning meeting.

I had a Father’s Day morning tea at my kids’ school. There was coffee and bacon and egg rolls, which I enjoyed thoroughly at 7am!

Actually, I would have to say that bacon and egg rolls and coffee are two of my most favourite things!

There were also some very tasty muffins and other chocolate treats. But don’t worry, I didn’t indulge. I would like to say that it was because I was strong. But to be honest, I just didn’t feel like eating that stuff this morning.

So, apart from the noise of a hundred kids yelling and carrying on bouncing around the hard surfaces of a school hall, it was perfect! Well, actually, read more about my Father’s Day breakfast

My arms are so sore I can hardly walk

Darren Zotman curls

While training hard is generally a good idea, depending on what you are training for and the exercises you are doing, care should be taken not to over train.

So, having done chest yesterday, we did not do shoulders today. Rather sensible really.

Instead we did arms. Hmmm, maybe not so sensible after all!

read about today’s killer arm workout

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