MudderCam in ESPN Magazine

That’s right, we made it in to ESPN Magazine.  But it wasn’t for our skill or our looks.  No.  It was because we like to drink while we run.  Check out the excerpt below, then make sure you read the full article.  It was definitely a good read.

I should probably note at this point that, despite having embraced my inner Mudder, this sort of thing isn’t going to become a weekend habit for me. It’s not that I can’t hack it, it’s just that I’m not obsessed with it, which many Mudders seem to be. Like 25-year-old Tyler Danielson, who is also at the event. He has a Tough Mudder season pass and is carrying 100 test tubes of tequila, vodka and raspberry schnapps in his CamelBak. He does a shot with anyone who asks. Danielson and his pals even down shots while dangling from the monkey bars. He has the Tough Mudder logo tattooed on his right calf and posts helmet cam video on muddercam.com. It’s Danielson whom Dean has in mind when he talks about Tough Mudder becoming addictive.

Read the full article over at ESPN.com

Review – Vibram Five Finger Shoes

Five finger shoes…  And all the barefoot running shoes have been getting a lot of hype lately.  Tyler introduced me to them 2 months before our first tough mudder (Tri-State, Englishtown).  I was certainly a skeptic at first.  They look ridiculous and on top of that the pair I got are not only toe shoes but bright red.  They were sure to get some comments.  I had heard they took some getting used to but that was okay but that was okay because I still had some time before the mud run.  I had been training in sneakers and having to ice my knees a lot.  My knees are not awful but I had ACL surgery and meniscus about 3 years ago and have had to ice when overwork my knee.  I started out slow. I ran 1.5 miles in them and stretched a lot.  That first day felt easy, but the next 3 hurt!  Apparently they were very hard on my calves.  It felt like I had softballs for calves.  Once my calves ripened a little and softened up I tried 2 miles.  Then took about 3 days off to massage my cramped calves… But those two times were the worst of it and one thing I forgot to mention (the reason I put myself through this apparent agony), even though my calves were killing me my knees were fine.  Since I started using the Five Finger KSO shoes my calves hurt but I figured that calves are a muscle and can adapt and heal pretty quick, knees on the other hand are mostly bone, and wear out.

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Tough Mudder New England – FINAL CUT – 5/7/2011

Tough Mudder VT 2011 – Final Cut – muddercam.com from MudderCam

It is finally here!

The entire track at the Tough Mudder in Vermont as filmed by the Swamp Asses. The slow parts have been edited out to make the video more enjoyable. Sit back, crank up the volume, and enjoy.

And please, we love to hear your feedback.

Course Map can be found here: http://toughmudder.com/events/new-england/mount-snow-course-map-2011/

Pa Electro Shock Therapy

It took us a while to get all the videos in order due to someone.. (me), not turning the camera off right when switching batteries, but I am working on putting them all together! For now, I hope you enjoy some electro shock therapy!
Some memorable ones (but not the only ones by far!)
The guy at 4:58, he was just asking for more!
Sean “Zombiehand” at 6:44! Go SwampAsses! and Jason right to his right.
Jim at 7:00, that face is priceless. You would think something just bit him!
Tyler, Mr Muddercam himself, smiling the whole way through at 7:12.
The video switched to day 2, Sunday shortly after this.
9:52, Hey thats Tiff and I!
10:47 Piggie Back! Thats the way through!
11:13 Another tough guy.
11:23, Human shield. Looks painful for everyone.
12:39, Tyler (thats right.. he ran both days!), Pete and his girls.

Thats a lot of therapy! Hope you all enjoy it and from what we can tell.. If you go through by yourself, it hurts more than if you go through as a group. If you run, you are more likely to fall than if you walk. I may have to try carrying someone next time and Ill let you know how it goes!

Tough Mudder PA Review

Once again, we had an issue with the camera.  But, thanks to aeroquartet.com (and 100 freaking dollars!) we were able to recover a 45 minute section that we thought we lost.  As we work on that, I figured I’d post a few pics and give a run down of how the weekend went and some things we learned.

First of all, in my game day prep post, I had said that you should leave about 15 minutes or so to get to the check-in location.  I am sorry.  The close lost filled up extremely quickly, and the overflow lots were a 30-45 minute bus ride away.  To anyone that was late, I apologize.  If it helps, I was in the same boat.  We actually missed the very beginning of our run on Saturday and had to merge from the side.  We also made the mistake of literally sprinting up the first hill to try to get to the start line.  Bad Idea.  Luckily, I ran Sunday as well and was able to film from the start.  We have decided to merge the two films together in to one big continuous shot.  Hopefully it will work out well and I trust Viktor to do a good job. Continue reading Tough Mudder PA Review