When Was the Last Time…?

The well known, but unofficial, motto of Tough Mudder is: When was the last time you did something for the first time?

My journey to World’s Toughest Mudder started month before I actually made a decision.  It started April 29th while I was on the course completing my second Tough Mudder with some strangers.

“Walkers to the right, runners to the left,” a voice called out from behind me.  I was already on the right; TMHQ decided to flip the course around and this uphill jog was not fun.

“Hey! Do you have a team?” the same voice asked me, this time beside me.

I looked over at this man beside me and gave the short version of how I was starting the course alone for the second time in a row.  I also explained that I was slow, molasses slow.  His response:  “You have a team now.”

This, I later learned, was a pretty common thing for Jay Mazza to do.

Later on Jay ended up staying behind to help another Mudder, who was doing the course in full turnouts and with a SCBA, and I moved on with three guys from the group, including a man named John Caulderon.  And John plays a bigger part in this than Jay did.

It needs to be said that there is a pattern of me stating that I’m not going to do something when it comes to Tough Mudders but then doing that.

Example #1:  Met a guy at my first TM that told me he was doing two TMs that year.  I said I would never do multiple TMs in a year.  The following year I did three.

Example #2: Friend telling me that I should do a TM the following weekend.  Me stating that there was no way I would do that.  A few hours later, me changing my mind and doing a TM four days later.

John and the other guys were talking  to me about World’s and I laughed.  My response:  There’s no way I could do World’s.

Seven months later I’m in the midst of working out a training/nutrition plan, figuring out the finances, and writing a blog for World’s Toughest Mudder 2018.

 So, when was the last time I did something for the first time? Right now. 

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