Tough Mudder Perth, a course that not only tests the limits of your body, but also your mind. A course that serves up some of Australia’s most brutally tough terrain. You will be covered in not only mud, but blood, sweat and maybe some tears.
After hearing about the course by a close mate who also photographed the event last year, a group of us decided to take on the challenge for 2014.
I could not have asked for a better group of brothers to run this hardcore course with. When I think of brotherhood, camaraderie and loyalty, I will always think of these boys first. I can honestly say, with my hand on my heart, that if I had not ran this course with these boys, I would have probably given up about half way through. These boys helped me pushed my body to it’s utmost limits and encouraged me to do obstacles that I would never imagine doing.
What was the obstacle that I was dreading the most? It wasn’t Everest, it wasn’t the Leap of Faith, it wasn’t the Electroshock Therapy…it was the Arctic Enema. Why? The sheer fact that you will be immersing your body into what will literally be a man-made floating iceberg abyss, when both your body and mind has been subjected to torture, and the potential of my body seizing up from the massive drop in temperature.
Originally me and a fellow Mudder were not going to do it, but when we got there, we were just like “Fuck it, let’s do it!” and so we did. We got in, got under, got over and then out. No hesitation, no thinking, no regrets.
And that was one of the big things that I will take away from doing Tough Mudder. Not the fact that I went in this course with my brothers as a team, not the fact that we had completed one of the toughest obstacle courses, but the fact that no matter if you went in by yourself, or with a team, you helped the Mudder in front of you, the back of you, on your left and your right. When someone was thinking about doing an obstacle, you cheer them on, give them that determination, let them know that everyone in the entire course has their back.
Race, gender, religion, no, that shit does not exist in Muddernation, that shit goes out the door even before you get to the starting line. It’s all about camaraderie and if you think your better then everyone else on that course and just push through without saying a word to another Mudder, then you don’t deserve your colours.
I am proud of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and what we have accomplished together. 2015, we will hit the course harder and faster.