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CC’s Outdoor Journal; Tough Mountain Challenge, Here I come!
I don’t know what you look like when you workout, but I sweat profusely, I breath so hard that I tend to spit on occasion and every roll that hasn’t tightened up (or I forget to suck in), jiggles all over the place.
Now that I’ve established a good visual for you (sorry if you’re eating breakfast), we can most likely agree that none of us look good while we’re working out, but can we also agree that the intense feelings of accomplishment far outweigh the concern for what we look like?
Over the past three months, I’ve done more squats, pushups, planks, crunches, burpees, prowler pushes, sled pulls and tons of other activity, than I ever have in my life. Why? Because I’ve been training for a pretty aggressive challenge.
This Saturday I’ll be participating in the Sunday River Tough Mountain Challenge with 2,999 other crazy-for-mud-fun men and women; thanks to my friend Kate Crooker, organizer of the challenge, for luring me into this one.
With obstacles like the Shredder, Hurricane Alley, Buried Alive and Sink or Swim, along with a dozen others, the question now, is what was I thinking?
Well, thanks to Dawson Walton at the Greater Rumford Community Center, I really think I’m as ready as I can possibly be. I signed on with him at the beginning of April to get fit for this Saturday and I’m feeling good. He not only made my daily routines challenging, but each day I left there, I felt a little more accomplished in my progress. I’m to the point right now that I can honestly say that I’m ready for the challenge on Saturday.
Even though the course is closed to any new registrants, the mountain is open to spectators who want to come and take pictures, check things out to see if they want to join in next year or to gather ideas for their own muddy races.
The challenge will begin at South Ridge Lodge with the first of the heats being released at 9 a.m. on Saturday, with approximately 120 participants being released every 15 to 20 minutes until 3 p.m., when the last heat will head out.
Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention, my good friend Lisa Smith from Lewiston is my partner in crime for this amazing challenge. Please wish us luck and if you’re there watching, snap a picture or two of us as we laugh, cry, spit, sweat and possibly even curse our way through this three-mile course. It should be a hoot of a good time. It will definitely be a great way to celebrate all the hard work I’ve put my body through these last months, right, Barb Rajaniemi!
Be sure to pick up Issue 30 of the Rumford Falls Times for photos and to find out how we did!
Oh, and if you have yet to contact Dawson to set up a training schedule to become more fit or to get in shape for an upcoming event, what are you waiting for!