So… have you heard the hype about mud runs?  I have and have avoided them as long as possible.  However, my wife is an avid fan of the mud.  Or should I say, she seems to get it all over me whenever we’re close to it >.<

We completed the Tough Mudder in Dallas this last weekend. and we started off by seeing this sign:

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Long story short.  It was muddy!  ANDFUN!!!   Running with mud caked in every possible crevice was a new one.  We even gained several pounds in mud weight.  But every obstacle was a unique challenge and it was a blast to pit throw the thriathlete body into the fray.

This link is pretty accurate:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjkiebus/31-reasons-tough-mudder-races-are-for-crazy-people

The electricity freaked my wife out, but she did it and was amazing throughout the race.  We had big white smiles at the end.  All the whiter because we had been in the mud for so long.

The reason I post this is because triathletes tend to spend so much time training, that they forget to slow down a bit and smell the roses.  We sometimes worry so much about injury that we forget to have fun with our fitness.  I remember spending hours climbing, crawling, jumping, and running when I was a kid.  Life was a joy and the worries of life were far off in the horizon.  At times I wonder where all the fun went?

Now that Kona 2013 has been tackled and the holiday season is approaching, we need to each look at our training and remember to add some fun into it.  The serious part of us will remind us to focus on one discipline and improve it for next year, and that’s fine.  But that leaves the other two wide open for us.  We can even go completely outside of the run bike swim mantra and tackle something new.  Cross Fit (To be discussed in a future post), Cross X, Skiing/Snowboarding, XC Skiing, mud run, karate, mountain biking to name a few.

The point is that while we are all dealing with the stresses of the holiday season, we must find a way to make our training fun.  You might even get a little muddy in the process!

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