One look at the competitors from Tough Mudder New England and it's no surprise the event is hailed as 'probably the toughest event on the planet'. After 10 miles of crawling through mud, swimming in icy water and conquering obstacles who wouldn't be wearied, battered and well, mud-covered? But despite the promise of cold, discomfort and certain electrocution, every year more and more competitors flock to this event when it visits the slopes of Mount Snow.
It is by no means easy, but it can be done. The question is how do you survive?
For an insider's perspective we consulted three brothers, and veteran Mount Snow Tough Mudders, to get their tips for how to prepare both mentally and physically for this grueling event. Here are their five tips for surviving the Tough Mudder at Mount Snow.
2. If you want to be "competitive" you'll need an iron core. You need stamina, good legs and great company. Follow the Tough Mudder exercise plan with your team and work as one.
3. Train outdoors. Spending long on the treadmill or pumping iron in the gym won't prepare you for running up a mountain -- running up a mountain will. Training in the city? Run up a lot of hills. Once that gets easy run up even more hills with some weight on your back.
4. Get used to the cold. Take frigid showers, ice baths or run in the snow naked. Whatever it takes to make wading through icy mud pools feel refreshing.
5. Have some fun. Don't worry about time. The Tough Mudder is about helping your friends, teammates and other participants finish, oh yeah and drinking beer!
Thanks guys, and good luck in the next challenge.
Spectators can take up a spot on the sidelines to watch the competitors and cheer them on. After all, they need all the support they can get.
Even tough guys and gals need a soft place to lay their weary bodies after this greuling event. Lucky for Mudders, we have a great selection of short-term rentals located just a short, mud-free hike from the course.