12-06-09-mudder

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For a written account of the day, check my Tough Mudder 2012 - Colorado article.

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The 1:20p starting group, last of the day.

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You must be this tall to ride this ride. This was the first Berlin wall, that you went over to join the starting group. This didn't count as an obstacle.

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Each starting group had a ~ 10 minute pep talk that included the National Anthem, a moment of silence, cheering for everyone there, and general motivational goodness.

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Everyone is so pristine, free of mud.

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The first obstacle is the 'Braveheart Charge', running down hill screaming.

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Post race showers. Not that it helped many, as the mud saturated deep.

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The final obstacle and the fabled finish line.

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Taking the ski lift halfway up the mountain, to the top of the Mudder event. This shot shows the starting area, various booths, and more.

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Riding up, I thought it was neat that people were walking down instead of taking the lift. When I got to the top and saw they had an hour+ wait to get down.

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One of the obstacles I could see on the trip up.

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This would have been halfway up the mountain, but possibly after going up 2,000 feet, down 1,000, and then heading back up. Either way, almost no one was running at this point.

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More walking up hill. This makes me feel better and encourages me to do it next year.

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One of the ring crossings.

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Walking down under the lift isn't easy for parts of it. This was a rather steep portion, where several went down butt first.

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The muddy tubes, visible from the lift. One of three obstacles clustered at the top of the lift for spectators.

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The Berlin Walls at the top, one of two you did back to back.

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The muddy tubes, with a break in the middle for spectator enjoyment.

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After the tubes, a short up hill to the road that led downhill for almost a mile.

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Mile 7, near the top of the course, is where I started from.

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Neat seeing the ski resort part of it, during the summer. Where you start on skis and have a quick descent, you are going up as a Mudder.

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During the race, it is probably easy to lose sight of the amazing scenery for the race.

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Some people figured out creative ways to complete an obstacle.

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There was a 'least dressed' competition earlier during the day. One has to assume he was competing.

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I probably saw 100 or more action cameras like these on various Mudders. Some on hats, some on chest harnesses.

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Earlier in the course, an obstacle apparently had you carry a wood log through it. A couple guys decided it would be fun to just finish the race carrying the logs.

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The wounded rarely stopped completely. Most figured out some way to finish the race, no matter how long it took. Many an ankle was twisted or sprained that day.

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The initial long downhill after mile 7. This was the first time I saw people running again.

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Since I was completing the rest of the course, figured I should take pics of each mile marker just in case anyone doubted me!

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Mile ~ 6 and ~ 8 crossed paths, where I first saw Tamba during the race. This is looking down the path as people approached mile 6 and veered left to go further up the mountain.

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Looking up the hill, these people are veering left to continue down the mountain, a bit past the ~ 8 mile mark.

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That much hair probably provided some nice shade.

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Yes, he carried his radio through the entire event.

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Tamba is either saying "I got this!" or "You will pay!" ...

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... but either way, he sure was happy!

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A race isn't complete, without a mullet.

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Parts of the downhill were pretty serious. Dirt and rocks on a decent downhill slope are treacherous.

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It was so tempting to take a short cut down this segment, cutting out a good mile of the course. But I didn't.

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A cargo net is deceptive. If it is not taught, it is very difficult to traverse. People stuck around to add their weight, making it easier to cross.

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The path followed several huge patches of Aspens.

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Not sure the story of the bone rib cage there, but it appears later in my pictures. Being carried by someone to the finish line...

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In the summer, obvious sign is obvious. In the winter, it probably makes a lot more sense.

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Right after the 'Kiss of Mud', crawling through mud while getting sprayed with water, you ran down a muddy slope onto a snow patch...

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... and crawled through the next obstacle on that. From mud/water to snow/electricity.

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Yes, those yellow wires on obstacles are live...

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Another deceptive obstacle. While it appears easy to run up due to the curve, in reality your foot can't get traction too far up. You have to time this just right, running up a certain distance and then launching while you still have footing.

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Many Mudders were there to assist you up if you needed.

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Some ended up needing help more than they realized.

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The final downhill into the last obstacle, Finish line in sight!

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Every so often, they made sure there were plenty of yellow leads to ensure everyone got their fair share of zap.

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When the wind started up, it made this obstacle more difficult.

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I question this strategy; creating a bigger target may disperse the electricity, but it also ensures you get zapped by almost every lead...

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Backwards keg toss toward wooden targets to win valuable prizes!

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Neat flying thingy...

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The return of the rib cage! This fearless warrior decided to do the Electroshock Therapy with a beer in hand.

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No problem he says!

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Mr. Beer Drinker, please meet electroshock therapy.

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The wounded warriors! Tamba ended up running the last few miles with a small group that had other wounded runners.

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Photo album generated by album from Dave's MarginalHacks on Sun Jun 24 03:01:14 2012