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The Road to World’s Toughest Mudder

Tom Blackett   |  12/09/2019

2019 has been without a shred of a doubt the most physically and mentally challenging year of my life. 4 ultra marathons in 4 consecutive months required me to dig to the very depths of my soul, and frankly, following my final event, it’s fair to say I was broken (almost).

Why do it to yourself? Is a question I’m often asked. Many of us love to think of ourselves as resilient, but sitting from the comfort of your own sofa and claiming you can do great things means nothing. There’s only one way to find out what you’re truly made of, and it’s not by lazing about in your living room. Believe it or not, there’s actually something wonderful about pushing yourself to breaking point. It’s at these times when we discover who we really are. The phrase “hold my beer, I can do that” is actually put to the test.

I’m proud that I completed all 4 races so far this year, however, these events are borderline laughable when compared to what I’ve got lined up in November. My final battle of the year will be in Atlanta, Georgia, where I’ll be attempting a top 10% finish at World’s Toughest Mudder, a 24 hour hard-core obstacle course race. The course consists of a 5 mile loop, with multiple obstacles of varying levels of difficulty – whoever moves the furthest wins! Based on last year’s results, I have to complete 55 miles worth of course to secure that top 10% finish! I’m both nervous, and excited. This will be one of my biggest mental and physical challenges ever!

A wise man once said “Inside each of us is a monster; inside each of us is a saint. The real question is which one we nurture the most, which one will smite the other?”

That monster ALWAYS pokes it’s head out when competing at ultra events. It’s a devilish voice that does everything it can to stop you from achieving your goals and developing your character. The monster is worse than dead-weight, it wants you to procrastinate, it wants you to stagnate, it wants you to fail.

At World’s Toughest Mudder in November the saint will crush the monster.