This past Saturday I did the much hyped Tough Mudder Race. It’s being marketed as “possibly the toughest event on the planet”. Well, like with many heavily marketed items in our world…don’t believe the hype. Don’t get me wrong, it was a really really fun day and I’m sure some people got hurt and others couldn’t complete it, but by no means is it very tough. The toughest part is probably the running of almost 12 miles on un-even terrain. I will say that my race was in Tampa Florida. I know some are on actual ski slopes. This would be a lot harder for the running part. So almost 12 miles and 26 obstacles to over come. After approximately the first mile and a small steeple chase type obstacle, the only in my opinion the most challenging obstacle appeared. They call it the “chernobyl jacuzzi”. Basically a large industrial dumpsters filled with ice and water. My guess is that the water temp was around 35 degrees fahrenheit. The adrenaline was pumping enough that I jumped in without any hesitation. The length of it was probably 8-10 yards. Mid way you had to submerge completely and go under a plank of wood that was laid across the middle of the dumpster. Once I came up from being under the freezing cold water, I felt my body physically completely panic. Not my mind, but my body. My body seemed to SCREAM to me “get me out of here NOW”. This feeling somehow kicked my body into over drive and I almost lept straight out of the dumpster like I was in a Jet Li movie. it was an interesting experience. It left me with an understanding that hypothermia is very very real. Besides from that first obstacle, we ran and dragged through mud… A LOT. Jumped of a 20 foot wall into a pond, crawled through mud under barb wire, crawled through tunnels and large pipes, climbed monkey bars with ice cold water beneath us, carried logs through the water and mud, climbed hay bale mountains, jumped over hail bales, Scaled 10 and 12 foot walls, sprinted up steep muddy hills and ran up a large slippery “half pipe” . I will proudly yet humbly say that at 44 years of age NONE of the obstacles presented a problem at all and I enjoyed doing them. You can see all of the obstacles on the Tough Mudder website. The final obstacle was crazy and fun, it’s called electro shock therapy and basically you run through the mud through a bunch of hanging wires (while they spray you with water for extra kick) of which some carry an electrical charge. For all of you that are worried, it’s really not that bad. If you have ever tested your dog’s electrical dog collar for an invisible fence type set up, it gives you a good idea of what to expect. Stay focused, pump your legs and don’t pay the zaps any mind. If you do…it will take your legs out, you will fall in the mud and getting up slowly among the wires is going to suck 🙂 A cold beer awaits all finishers at the finish line. Let me tell you…it tasted pretty freakin awesome.
I do recommend the race, you will tremendously enjoy your self and it is I guess a bit like a ‘bucket list item”. It’s a great couples race I think and I can’t wait to do it together with my loved one. You will share laughs, a few cries and kisses along the way. I was almost not going to do it I will tell you. But I figured it would be something different.Also, I did not specifically train for this event. I’ve been going to the gym 2-3 times a week, playing tennis, some body exercises and long walks, all part of my regular routine.
Back to food…
A long time ago, a very good friend, an older lady from Trinidad and Tobago, showed me the following method for breaking down tough cuts of meat. She told me that the good cuts were never even for sale on her island. The available ones would go to the hotels for the tourists, and the restaurants. Even wealthy people had a hard time acquiring the ‘good/expensive cuts”. So this is what they did. I’ve hear similar info from a friend I have here who grew up in Haiti.
Cut up your meat into chunks, squeeze the juice of one lime (about 1 lime per pound of meat) cover and put in the fridge for 2-3 days.
The lime juice will turn your meat into melt in your mouth softness. You can prep it any way you like, but I think stew will give you the absolute best result.
Smile and Be Nice.