Check another item off the ol’ bucket list! As I mentioned a while back, the Muddy Buddy is a two-person, off-road, bike/run/obstacle course that concludes with a crawl through their infamous mud pit to reach the finish line. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for years now, ever since reading about it in a mid-flight magazine.
And I finally did it!
The middle of last month, friend & fellow percussionist Steve Schob and I aired up the tires on my old Trek mountain bike and [literally] dove into one of the most fun outdoor events I’ve ever participated in.
Set in the beautiful Milo McIver State Park just outside of Estacada, Oregon, the 5.7-mile course consisted of five 1 to 1.5-mile stretches of running and/or biking. Each two-person team shares one bike, swapping it at transition points, so that the team members are continually alternating between run/bike duties. An additional obstacle also has to be completed at every transition point. This particular race included a high wall to scale, a low crawl, balance beams, climbing a 20-foot inflatable wall and, of course, a filthy scramble on all fours through the [at least one-foot deep] mud pit!
As I pulled myself out of the muck to run the last few feet across the finish line- face, helmet, gloves, shoes, socks, shirt, pants and underwear completely full of dark, squishy mud- I felt . . . incredible! The combination of reaching such a longtime goal, splashing away in the cold, wet mud, post-race adrenaline and the brisk morning air, all put me on a serious high.
Mind you, my initial goal was to participate in the Muddy Buddy, not necessarily to be competitive. Which we certainly weren’t. For a variety of reasons (or excuses), neither Steve nor myself trained at all leading up to the event. Saying we were prepared would be about as far from the truth as you can possibly imagine. Our goal was to bust out there, have a blast and get dirty.
Mission accomplished, 100%!
That said, after having experienced the Muddy Buddy firsthand, our views have changed a bit. We both want to do it again! And we want to go out and kick some butt next time. Not that it’d be realistic to assume we could win the thing (or could we?). The fastest team had a time of 39:19; ours was a sad 54:09 (28th out of 41 teams in our age bracket; 217th out of 587 teams overall). But we both know that with even a bit of training beforehand, we could better our own time significantly, and otherwise better ourselves in the process.
So, here’s to setting goals, checking them off, making new ones and growing as a result.
Here’s to Steve for teaming up with me, and helping to cross this one off my list.
And here’s to the next Muddy Buddy!
Have a goal of your own that you plan to pound out in the near future? Post it in a comment below so we can all support each other in our endeavors!