What are balance platforms and how can they help you train harder and reduce injuries?
This is a post towards anyone who went through the brutal 24-hour obstacle course race that was World’s Toughest Mudder (WTM) 2018 in Atlanta Georgia, where we had sub-freezing temperatures and layers of ice on obstacles left and right. However, I think it’s generalizable to many other difficult challenges.
As I’ve talked about before, everyone comes to an event with a different goal in mind. Some people would be happy to finish, while others are going for speed, and still, others are competing against each other to go even faster. In the Tough Mudder community, the ambassadors have started recognizing Mudders that Assist 100 Mudders through at least one obstacle during a single event.
uring a difficult trail race, you sign up to be pushed past your comfort zone. In certain types of races, you can expect to be told to do new activities and translate your skills towards new challenges. With that challenge comes responsibility and risk. It’s both up to the race and the racer to figure out what’s the appropriate amount of risk, and how to minimize that.
Let us engage in some high-class potty talk for how to deal with the almost inevitable issue that will be encountered during events that are 12+ hours long: when to poop? Whenever you tell someone you run these endurance events, after the first question of “how” or “why” some of your more brazen friends might inquire about this basic human function.
If you’re new to the world of ultrarunning and endurance racing, there’s something big and important that you might not think too much about, until you find yourself on a single-track trail with a dim headlamp stumbling over loose rocks and fearing for the health of your ankles: running at night is hard.
The First Invitational (Unofficial) 12-hour Hurricane Heat World Championships: What is Endurance? Race Recap
This 12 hour Hurricane Heat (HH12HR) was the first invitational, unofficial World Championship, as well as Kyoul Cha's last event. The hype going into this event was big, because of all the talks of big names coming to compete in this World Championship. As a result, the Krypteia had big plans to make this one of the hardest and most inspiring of the HH12HR's.
As one of the biggest ultra-obstacle course races, World's Toughest Mudder (WTM) frequently is the highlight and peak of people's racing year. As someone who specializes in the toughest and longest events, that puts WTM at the top of my racing calendar and I structure the rest of my year around preparing for this race. However, things went a little differently this year.
In early October, Tough Mudder announced a new Championship series to go with the competitive first wave on most Saturday’s of a Tough Mudder weekend. This gives the competitive people among us the opportunity to run hard and fast while also enjoying the experience of Tough Mudder.
As the length of a race gets longer, the amount of advice that people want to give you increases exponentially. Part of that is because the amount of information you need to know to run an event increases exponentially with the distance and time duration of the event. As a mathematician, I really do mean exponentially. One of the athletes I coach traveled to the US for 24 days as part of a trip for a 24-hour race, World’s Toughest Mudder.