The Lost Girls Races: Tough Mudder Race DayExtras, Fitness & Workouts, Vermont, Volunteering & Giving Back — By Nancy Y on May 10, 2011 at 6:00 am
by Nancy Yeomans
LG Air Travel News Editor
We came, we mudded, we conquered. The Lost Girls Race at the Tough Mudder, Mount Snow, Vermont happened on Saturday, May 7. Our team of five Lost Girls bravely faced the 10-mile mountain course. Along the way we encountered 28 obstacles while trekking up and down the mountain about a dozen times. It was the hardest fun we’ve ever had.
Leave all ideas of looking good at the start line. This race is about toughness – both physical and mental – pure and simple. You’ll get bruised and battered and at times wish for a broken ankle so you have a legitimate excuse to stop the insanity. You’ll do things you never thought yourself capable of…and then do them again.
I hate heights, jumping off things and don’t really love the water either. But when I found myself on a platform 15 feet up with nowhere to go but to plunge into the murky 45 degree water below, I did it. I swallowed a mouthful of the foul liquid on the way down, but surfaced like a champ and coughed it up on my swim to dry land. Melissa scrambled up the glacier like she’d been climbing Mt. Everest all her life. Susan came out of the underwater boa constrictor smiling. Diane made the traverse across the monkey bars look easy while the rest of us fell into the frigid water below. And on every ascent up the mountain Jennieve was the first one to the top.
Just a few of the obstacles we confronted head-on: a glacier climb, a series of 12-foot walls, crawling in mud under barbed wire strung eight inches from the ground, carrying a log up and down the ski mountain and a long rope traverse through a 35-degree pond. The grand finale was to run through a canopy of live electrical wires: Big Finish! (2)
As well as I thought I’d trained for this event, it wasn’t enough. I have aches and pains in places I didn’t even know existed. My elbows and knees are a mass of cuts and scrapes and I have an eight-inch black bruise on my thigh that I have no memory of incurring. Walking up and down stairs is agony. Yet, we Lost Girls wear our orange headbands (you have to finish to get one) with pride.
The Tough Mudder team of Lost Girls raised $250 for the Butterfly Project, the organization that will enable Celestine and Kelvyne to beat the odds and attend nursing school to better their outlook for the future. Interested in starting your own Lost Girls Race Team? Information can be found here, or contact any of the Lost Girls. These races are a great excuse to gather your fitness-minded friends, do a little bonding and fundraise for a great cause.
The Tough Mudder is history for this year…I’m already training for July, 2012.
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