Train Train Train

I’m not sure how the rest of my World’s Toughest Mudder compatriots are feeling, but I’m finding it hard to go 5 minutes without thinking or talking about training and gear.  I’m feeling truly sorry for anyone that crosses my path because the ensuing dialogue inevitably dissolves into a torrent of Tough Mudder talk.

Tough Mudder Talk

“You what?….You lost your leg in an industrial accident yesterday??  That reminds me, I mustn’t forget to pack my spare 2XU compression socks before I fly to the US.  Did I tell you I’m competing in the World’s Toughest Mudder in a few weeks?  You should give it a go.  What?  You’ve hurt your leg?  How did that happen?”

My poor family. Nearly there, guys.

I can see MA (Mudder Anonymous) groups springing up all over the country….“Hello.  My name is Simon and I’m an obstacle racing addict incapable of normal conversation.  It’s been three months since my last race.”

With that admission (the first step) out of the way, today’s training was a little shorter compared to most…only brought about by the inconsiderate demands of my professional life.  So, unable to get the usual cycling mileage done, the day’s events were indoors only.



Complete five rounds of static kettlebell chest press (2x 32.0kg) with 20 strict, slow straight leg raises.

The static nature of this exercise is intended to work the stabilisers of my shoulders and chest as much as possible without aggravating my torn rotator cuff.  I’m counting down the days to my surgery as much as the race itself.  Can’t wait to have a normal shoulder again.  The leg raises are slow and deliberate, maximising the abdominal loading and dragging out the time spent controlling the wandering kettlebells.


Complete as many strict chin-ups as possible in 15 minutes.

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This was not a pleasant exercise and I walked away feeling like my arms were three feet thick….although I am lucky to have guys around me at work who are quick to remind me and comment on my “light frame”.  Oh they’re funny buggers, aren’t they.


Complete four rounds of row 4 minutes, rest 3 minutes while maintaining as much distance consistency as possible with each round.

1,123m   |   1,134m   |   1,130m   |   1,128m   :   Max HR 163   |   Avg HR 131   |   Energy 396 kcal


It’s easy to shut me up.  All you have to do is make a tax deductible donation to ME/CFS Australia and enjoy the silence 🙂  

2 thoughts on “Train Train Train

    • My family just turns the TV up whenever I start talking now. Don’t they realise how much interesting WTM stuff I have to discuss???


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