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Our much anticipated Tough Mudder video is finally complete!!!!

Special THANKS to Janine, who spent nearly 4-5 hours working on cutting this down. We have nearly all 24 obstacles. As the battery was running down, we missed a few obstacles at the end to ensure we had Funky Monkey, Everest, and Electroshock Therapy. This was my first time running with the GoPro2, which I HIGHLY recommend, and definitely learned a lot from it. I videotaped way too much of us just running which really isn’t necessary. People will not watch this to see us run, as I 100% would not. 🙂 They are watching to see the OBSTACLES!!! I hope you enjoy.

Cannot wait to video Tough Mudder Miami with the new GoPro3 and what additional tweaks we can make to the video afterwards!

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For Team Blood, Bath and Beyond…last year’s Tough Mudder in Tampa was not enough. We wanted more!! We added some depth to our roster and made the journey from Fort Lauderdale to Hi-Hat Ranch in Sarasota, FL to take on the 11.2 mile/24 obstacle course. We crushed the course in under 2 hours and 45 minutes and walked away with Tough Mudder’s famous orange headband, our Dos Equis beer, and A LOT of pride and gratification. This year I decided to wear a Go Pro camera on a head mount and could not be any happier with the amazing pictures we were able to obtain from the video. I apologize in advance for the lengthy post but I want to give everyone an idea of our experience at Tough Mudder Tampa 2012. I’ll start with the map of the course we completed/obstacle list, and a team photo!

2012 Tampa Tough Mudder map

2012 Tampa Tough Mudder map

pre race pix

Janine and I pre-race.

Janine and I pre-race.

 

remember you signed a death waiver

One of our favorite signs of the entire day. Each and every Mudder must sign a “Death Waiver” before he/she can participate.

The race always begins with an amazing emcee, the national anthem, the Tough Mudder Pledge, and then you are off! They did provide us with a small change this year as you had to climb one Berlin Wall before even starting the race. I’ll provide you pictures and commentary from a few of the obstacles along our journey.

beginning of race speach

Countdown begins…no turning back now!

Underwater Tunnels

Obstacle #2 – Underwater Tunnels

Underwater Tunnels - We Made it!!

Underwater Tunnels – We Made it!!

 

Obstacle #2 - Log Jammin'

Obstacle #3 – Log Jammin’

My shadow made the picture. I feel like Peter Pan! (since I was wearing the camera, I fortunately or unfortunately were not in many pix)

My shadow made the picture. I feel like Peter Pan! (since I was wearing the camera, I fortunately or unfortunately were not in many pix)

Obstacle #5 - Arctic Enema Definitely one of the worst feelings I've ever encountered. Last year there was no ice...this year there WAS! If I had to guess I would say the temperature is under 30 degrees.

Obstacle #5 – Arctic Enema
Definitely one of the worst feelings I’ve ever experienced. Last year there was no ice…this year there WAS! If I had to guess I would say the temperature is under 30 degrees.

jump and hope to not freeze

jump and hope to not freeze

FREEZING! It's so cold you nearly forget how to move your arms to get out.

FREEZING! It’s so cold you nearly forget how to move your arms to get out.

Obstacle #6 - Mud Mile #2Jump the mounds and hope you don't slip into the mud.

Obstacle #6 – Mud Mile #2
Jump the mounds and hope you don’t slip into the mud – we had a couple close calls

mud mile 3

For those of you that do the 5K Warrior Dash...here is your finish line. In the Tough Mudder, we've only just begun!

For those of you that do the 5K Warrior Dash…here is your finish line. In the Tough Mudder, we’ve only just begun!

Obstacle #7 - Boa ConstrictorIf you are claustrophobic at all, stay away!

Obstacle #7 – Boa Constrictor
If you are claustrophobic at all, stay away!

tunnels 2tunnels 3

Janine made it!

Janine made it!

Obstacle #8 - CliffhangerWe weren't quite sure what to do here...jump and risk injury or GET MUDDY!!!

Obstacle #8 – Cliffhanger
We weren’t quite sure what to do here…jump and risk injury or GET MUDDY!!! We got Muddy!

Obstacle #9 - Berlin Walls #1We got smart this year and used teammate, Max, to get our girls over the wall. The guys were able to jump and pull ourselves over.

Obstacle #9 – Berlin Walls #1
We got smart this year and used teammate, Max, to get our girls over the wall. The guys were able to jump and pull ourselves over.

It's all about the teamwork!

It’s all about the teamwork! 🙂

again only certain body parts continue to make the pix

again only certain of my body parts continue to make the pix

atop Berlin Walls

atop Berlin Walls

Obstacle #10 - Electric EelWhat we thought would be a nightmare, turned out to not be that bad. Only 2 of our 11 team members got shocked.

Obstacle #10 – Electric Eel
What we thought would be a nightmare, turned out to not be that bad. Only 2 of our 11 team members got shocked.

electric eel 2electric eel 3

Obstacle #14 - BallshrinkerThe name sums it up...

Obstacle #14 – Ballshrinker
The name sums it up…

ball shrinker 2

slippped and nearly lost the Go Pro here

slippped and nearly lost the Go Pro here

Team Blood, Bath & Beyond

Team Blood, Bath & Beyond

Obstacle # 15 - Walk The PlankDefinitely one of the most fun and entertaining obstacles. As they tell you nearly 5 times before the race starts; if you can't swim...DO NOT JUMP!

Obstacle # 15 – Walk The Plank
Definitely one of the most fun and entertaining obstacles. As they tell you nearly 5 times before the race starts; if you can’t swim…DO NOT JUMP!

I went first so I could get down and video rest of the team

I went first so I could get down and video rest of the team

Max doing a back-flip

Max doing a back-flip

the girls getting ready to take off

the girls getting ready to take off

Obstacle #19 - Wounded Warrior Carry

Obstacle #19 – Wounded Warrior Carry

girls turn to carry

girls turn to carry

Obstacle #20 - Trench Warfare

Obstacle #20 – Trench Warfare

For people taller, like myself, this is more difficult than it looks...and dark!

For people taller, like myself, this is more difficult than it looks…and dark!

Obstacle #21 - Funky Monkey

Obstacle #21 – Funky Monkey

and I'm off...can I make it......

and I’m off…can I make it……

not this year. We'll just say I needed to rinse off. :)

not this year. We’ll just say I needed to rinse off. 🙂

Obstacle #23 - EverestDefinitely the most anticipated event of the day. Our entire team crushed this on each of our first try. Proud of everyone!

Obstacle #23 – Everest
Definitely the most anticipated event of the day. Our entire team crushed this on each of our first try. Proud of everyone!

made it

made it

Laura

Laura

Janine

Janine

Jess...nearly lost her.

Jess…nearly lost her.

Obstacle #24 - Electroshock TherapyFinal obstacle of the day. The one most of us were dreading.

Obstacle #24 – Electroshock Therapy
Final obstacle of the day. The one most of us were dreading.

Here we go...

Here we go…

last year I was lucky, this year not so much. Two volts of electricity nearly put me in the mud.

last year I was lucky, this year not so much. Two volts of electricity nearly put me in the mud.

Orange headband time...very much earned!

Orange headband time…very much earned!

We did it and we'll be coming back for more. We are planning to participate in Miami in March, hopefully Indiana, and Tampa again next December. Bring it on!!!!

We did it and we’ll be coming back for more. We are planning to participate in Miami in March, hopefully Indiana, and Tampa again next December. Bring it on!!!!

Blood, Bath and Beyond cannot wait for our next Tough Mudder adventure. We are excited for Miami in 2013 and we’ll see where rest of the  year takes us. You can visit other TM events at (http://toughmudder.com/events/) We wore our Tough Mudder apparel and orange headbands with pride the rest of the weekend…meeting a lot of other great Mudders along the way. Until the next one!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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