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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.

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

And then there were four

After weeks of asking, reminding and cajoling, we now have two additional team members on team Almost Fit!

Our two new members, Glen and Paul, have finally signed up to Tough Mudder! Awesome work boys!

They are both good guys. I will introduce you soon. Well, just as soon as they give me a little bio.

read on to learn about my disasterous 6Km run

Twice the fun

Today Dirk and I managed to get out and on the road for what is only our second run together.

We didn’t bother trying any tether or the like today. We just ran as before with my hand on Dirk’s triceps. Which seems to be working OK, least for me!

As with our first run, we ran up to the landmark Coke Sign in King’s Cross and back down William Street again to Elizabeth Street.

This time however, read more about our second run

If we build it, will they come?

With Tough Mudder being a team event, we roped in one and maybe two others to join our ‘almost fit’ team today. I’ll introduce you once they have actually signed up !

I also have an open alteria motive for wanting a bigger team.

And that is, I seriously cannot see how I am going to be able to lift a 115Kg Dirk Venter up through and over a number of the obsticals solo!

read on to learn about today’s back workout

Monkeying around

Another day of dead-lifts. Dead-lifts are good for you, so Mr Dirk Venter keeps telling me. But, they really do take some focus and good old fashion determination.

You may remember that Dirk went easy on me last week. Well, you will be glad to learn that he is over whatever illness brought on that moment of kindness!

read on to learn more about today’s deadlifts routine and my first go at the monkey bars, and Dirk’s too

First things first

Oopse, ok, I was supposed to do a couple of things on the weekend.

  1. Do some exercise beyond just rumbling with the kids, and
  2. Actually sign up for Tough Mudder. Supposed to … but didn’t. It is going to be awfully hard to compete in this event if I don’t sign up for it.

But over to today’s workout.

The workout followed the same pattern as last Monday except the last 3 round finisher didn’t happen on account that I was late to the gym. Hate it when work get’s in the way of fitness, but there is no escaping the fact that it is work that pays the bills!

My Workout

Today was much like last Monday with a 5Kg increase for both exercises – making it 100kg dead-lifts combined with 5Kg weighted dips.

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