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Cervelo Apple

May 7, 12 8:27

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I am aware of the feud going on between tough mudder people and triathletes ( I tend to not get along well with tough mudders), but I was surprised that the tough mudder organizers actually said the following:


From their website:
Is Tough Mudder really the toughest event on the planet?
This depends upon your definition of tough. Sure, running 40 miles in a straight line isnít easy, but we donít think running 40 miles in a straight line is a real test of all-around toughness, strength, stamina, and mental grit. Tough Mudder gives participants the opportunity to test themselves in every way ó all in one place and all in one day. Our relatively low prices and close proximity to major cities means that you can participate with thousands of other inspiring participants, not just a handful of endurance geeks with more time and money than sense.


VO2Matt

May 7, 12 8:30

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Re: Tough Mudder Organization has fighting words for triathletes [Cervelo Apple] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

oh snap


sometimes you just have to eat the cake


M~

May 7, 12 8:32

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Re: Tough Mudder Organization has fighting words for triathletes [Cervelo Apple] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Cervelo Apple wrote:
I am aware of the feud going on between tough mudder people and triathletes ( I tend to not get along well with tough mudders), but I was surprised that the tough mudder organizers actually said the following:


From their website:
Is Tough Mudder really the toughest event on the planet?
This depends upon your definition of tough. Sure, running 40 miles in a straight line isnít easy, but we donít think running 40 miles in a straight line is a real test of all-around toughness, strength, stamina, and mental grit. Tough Mudder gives participants the opportunity to test themselves in every way ó all in one place and all in one day. Our relatively low prices and close proximity to major cities means that you can participate with thousands of other inspiring participants, not just a handful of endurance geeks with more time and money than sense.

Take that cyclists!!!


samsonite

May 7, 12 8:34

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M~ wrote:
Take that cyclists!!!
lol
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M~

May 7, 12 8:36

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Re: Tough Mudder Organization has fighting words for triathletes [Cervelo Apple] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Cervelo Apple wrote:
I am aware of the feud going on between tough mudder people and triathletes ( I tend to not get along well with tough mudders), but I was surprised that the tough mudder organizers actually said the following:


From their website:
Is Tough Mudder really the toughest event on the planet?
This depends upon your definition of tough. Sure, running 40 miles in a straight line isnít easy, but we donít think running 40 miles in a straight line is a real test of all-around toughness, strength, stamina, and mental grit. Tough Mudder gives participants the opportunity to test themselves in every way ó all in one place and all in one day. Our relatively low prices and close proximity to major cities means that you can participate with thousands of other inspiring participants, not just a handful of endurance geeks with more time and money than sense.

By the way, which triathlete runs 40 miles in a straight line? That would be one hell of a race!


Lou3000

May 7, 12 8:37

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Re: Tough Mudder Organization has fighting words for triathletes [Cervelo Apple] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Pop Quiz. Is this from WTC website or the Tough Mudder Website?

"although you can skip the water obstacles"

I recently did a Warrior Dash, and overall I thought it was pretty dumb, but an insanely great way to make money. A local tri may attract 500 people, but the Warrior Dash had 10,000.


npage148

May 7, 12 8:44

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Re: Tough Mudder Organization has fighting words for triathletes [Lou3000] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I'm really dumbfounded by the types of crowds these types of events draw. 10k people for an event is pretty huge by my standards. How many running/cycling/tri races pull those type of numbers?

This sounds like they've talked to cross-fit and got told the secret to free publicity. Poke the triathlete and tell em they suck


BDoughtie

May 7, 12 8:44

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Re: Tough Mudder Organization has fighting words for triathletes [Lou3000] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I dont know if it was an actual "tough mudder" race, but a few weeks ago someone died/drown in the water part of a endurance mud challenge type of race (I cant remember who actually put the race on). I started reading some of the back stories and some of the FAQ's about the races. It actually stated, one didnt have to know how to swim in order to complete the event. It actually stated that, I couldnt believe it. I guess you technically dont have to know how to swim to do an IM, but I'm not sure it's ever been stated that not knowing how to swim (in a part of the race that has you in water) is ok.
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Glade Runner

May 7, 12 8:46

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Re: Tough Mudder Organization has fighting words for triathletes [Cervelo Apple] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

That is so much shit. Tough Mudder, Viking/Warrior Dash, Urban Racing. All fad/gimmick.
C'mon:
"Run through FIRE!!!" And they show a picture of a 13 y.o. girl jumping over a BBQ grill? Oooooo, neat-o...
BTW, how does one train for that??
Edit to add : Warrior Dash


It's simple, but it isn't easy.


(This post was edited by Glade Runner on May 7, 12 8:50)


rarthur

May 7, 12 8:47

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The fact that they get 10k people at most events tells you that it is really not that tough.
RON ARTHUR


sentania

May 7, 12 8:50

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Re: Tough Mudder Organization has fighting words for triathletes [Cervelo Apple] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

/shrug it's simply their way of drawing attention to themselves and make it seem edgy. Why ride your bike in the pouring rain or run a marathon starting at 2 pm when it's 90 degrees out when you can run through an electrified mud field?

to each their own, there's plenty of room in the asylum for all of us crazies.







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matto

May 7, 12 8:51

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Re: Tough Mudder Organization has fighting words for triathletes [Cervelo Apple] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Cervelo Apple wrote:
not just a handful of endurance geeks with more time and money than sense.

What part of that is not true?


thatsethguy

May 7, 12 8:52

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Re: Tough Mudder Organization has fighting words for triathletes [sentania] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

sentania wrote:
/shrug it's simply their way of drawing attention to themselves and make it seem edgy. Why ride your bike in the pouring rain or run a marathon starting at 2 pm when it's 90 degrees out when you can run through an electrified mud field?

to each their own, there's plenty of room in the asylum for all of us crazies.




x2


Billabong

May 7, 12 8:52

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Re: Tough Mudder Organization has fighting words for triathletes [rarthur] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

rarthur wrote:
The fact that they get 10k people at most events tells you that it is really not that tough.

exactly. We did a run yesterday here in VA Beach called Color Me Rad (not Bad). 5k run no timing, no awards. At a number of spots on the course they threw colored powder at you or sprayed colored water at you it was lots of fun. This RUN sold out at 7700.

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Clyde M.

May 7, 12 8:52

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Re: Tough Mudder Organization has fighting words for triathletes [rarthur] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

rarthur wrote:
The fact that they get 10k people at most events tells you that it is really not that tough.

exactly!!!

M.S. x 2; CSCS; ATC/LAT, Functional Movement Specialist, USA Track and Field Level 1


Frogleg Leghorn

May 7, 12 8:58

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Re: Tough Mudder Organization has fighting words for triathletes [Cervelo Apple] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Hot lava walking, anaconda wrestling, and precision wingsuit flying or total bs.


jbugno

May 7, 12 9:06

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Re: Tough Mudder Organization has fighting words for triathletes [Cervelo Apple] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I am a pretty slow triathlete but the Tough Mudder was a joke. I finished first overall... oh wait they don't time anyone so who knows where I placed (in reality MOP). The majority of the guys were tools, eg. wearing eye black while overcast weather. It was a wave start, with pretty big waves so you would all run through the woods and then stop and wait in line when you reached an obstacle. There was more walking then I expected since you had to wait for people and for me it was faster to just walk through the slick mud then try to run through it and slide/fall everywhere. Obstacles were not extreme and did not challenge my strength or balance or whatever else they claim.

It was fun and I would do one again for fun but it was not that hard.


Record10Carbon

May 7, 12 9:07

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Re: Tough Mudder Organization has fighting words for triathletes [Cervelo Apple] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Who over at the Mudder House do I ask to marry me?
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Cervelo Apple

May 7, 12 9:07

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Re: Tough Mudder Organization has fighting words for triathletes [npage148] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Had a pretty detailed convo with some people who just raced tough mudder, so I got as much info as I desired. Few things popped out:

1) You can pass any/all of the obstacles that you want - I was pretty shocked at that.
2) Most of the people don't do "water". I then asked, what he meant, and he said, many people don't like going into water, so many people skip any obstacle that involves swimming. He didn't know how to swim "well" - aka he doesn't know how to swim.
3) There really is no timing or racing. There are some people that actually try to go fast - but people tend to gawk and yell at them because these "fast" racers ask to cut the lines (probably the few triathletes that do the event), but for the most people there is a lot of walking, laughing, waiting, standing around.
4) There is a big community feel to it. Helping people up walls, ropes, etc.
5) You usually have to wait "in-line" to do an obstacle.
6) As for training for the event: "I ran a couple times these past 2 weeks" and " I did some push ups"

After said conversation, I pretty much determined that tough mudder is indeed mostly a joke and I wasn't just rushing to judgement to quick. It's just something to do on a Saturday/Sunday with your friends.


Herbert

May 7, 12 9:23

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Re: Tough Mudder Organization has fighting words for triathletes [Cervelo Apple] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I thought Tough Mudder was for a bunch of bar yahoos to compare tool sizes instead of racing their cars or swinging their fists in anger. :-)


morey000

May 7, 12 9:24

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Re: Tough Mudder Organization has fighting words for triathletes [matto] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

matto wrote:
Cervelo Apple wrote:
not just a handful of endurance geeks with more time and money than sense.


What part of that is not true?

er... some of us don't have a lot of time? or money?


Record10Carbon

May 7, 12 9:24

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Re: Tough Mudder Organization has fighting words for triathletes [Cervelo Apple] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Oh good - the new American sport.

It is hard, but you dont have to do it.

Perfect. And then we wonder why there is no score keeping in little league and dodgeball is banned - where do I get my finishers medal? I will skip the rest - can I get a poster too? I have to get the shadow box made.
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Yknot

May 7, 12 9:25

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Re: Tough Mudder Organization has fighting words for triathletes [Cervelo Apple] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Cervelo Apple wrote:
... I pretty much determined that tough mudder is indeed entirely a joke and I wasn't just rushing to judgement to quick. It's just something to do on a Saturday/Sunday with your friends.

Fixed your post.

I have now done two TM's, had a blast doing both of them with some buddies. I did the first one sober and was really looking forward to the challenge. After that disappointment, I did the second one drunk and had a blast laughing at the in shape (rounds a shape, right?) crossfitters huffing-and-puffing their way through the run sections. I would not be surprised if they have Seque's for those portions by this time next year.

Take home message, TM makes its money by promoting itself as the toughest race around and being easy enough that huge numbers of people can actually do it. Their races are a lot of fun to do with friends but by no means a challenge.


Record10Carbon

May 7, 12 9:29

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Re: Tough Mudder Organization has fighting words for triathletes [Yknot] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

You have no idea what you are talking about. Shit man, the name is "Tough Mudder" (and it sounds tougher with a slight drunken slur). You can tell me that these clown shoes ass' walking to a finish line at Midnight at EyeUrnMan gots a Gawd damn thing on the Tough Mudders. Where is my beer? I am going to slap that bitch if she took my beer...
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Cervelo Apple

May 7, 12 9:31

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I think many of these cross-fit people think that triathletes are just these wimpy, linky armed and legged, long-distance runners that could run for 30 hours straight but are unable to lift a 25lb weight above their head.

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