Came across these videos from last November’s World’s Toughest Mudder recently. They show me taking my first crack at Funky Monkey 2.0, Double Rainbow and The Cliff.
Funky Monkey 2.0 was so much fun. It looked kind of intimidating, but having worked on a bunch of funky obstacles in the last year plus at the Ninja Warrior gym I’ve been going to, the principles translated really well. Considering how much better I felt on the obstacles this time versus 2013 WTM, I’m a big believer in the power of ninja training for obstacle racing.
Double Rainbow freaked me out. I’m terrified of heights, and the thought of my grip slipping off a bar and falling out of control for 15 feet scared the hell out of me. I saw some nasty falls, and I was scared every time I came to that obstacle – especially when my hands were wet and muddy – but I nailed it every time.
The Cliff had been on my mind more than any obstacle. I have a true phobia when it comes to heights. People who don’t have that fear have a difficult time understanding it. Logic goes out the window. You can’t just rationalize that other people are doing it and you’ll be fine. A deep-seeded fear overrides all rational thinking. So I paused for a long time before jumping. Even standing at the edge of The Cliff, I backed off twice and wondered if I’d be able to do it. I wanted to simultaneously cry and puke. But I kept telling myself that this fear presented a huge opportunity. If I could overcome this immense fear and do this, it would be one my proudest accomplishments ever. I was able to do it, and do it multiple times. And, while I was scared every single time, in a weird way it almost became fun.