Dirty play part of the game
Locals take fitness to the extreme
A LEAP of faith and team work was all it took for Lisa Baker and nine friends to triumph in the Tough Mudder, a muddy 18km course with extreme military-styled obstacles.
“Team ‘I Love My Mudder’ had a great, if cold and muddy, day,” she said.
“On Leap of Faith, two of our team mates climbing down backwards to help out Tam Johnson – one of the rare females that actually caught the netting as she leapt – was cheered on by what seemed like hundreds.”
Team work was evident as they helped each other climb greasy half-pipe Everest, scale the Berlin Wall and slog through mud, Baker said.
In other years, Tough Mudder consists of mud obstacles between kilometres of running across grassy paddocks but this year’s wet weather meant a full 18km of mud.
“Grey mud, thick mud, clay mud, muddy water, up and down mud, mud with floating cow pats, ‘clean’ mud that was simply a bit less thick, mud to slide down, mud to slip up, mud to splash, mud up close in the Kiss of Mud obstacle, mud falling backwards from a pipe into muddy water in the Sewerage Outlet obstacle (and) mud that caused nose-breaking slips for some participants on Everest,” Baker said.
“Mud in ears, nose and back of throat afterWalk the Plank, a 12-foot-high jump into water obstacle.”
For diabetic Baker, the regular half-hour blood sugar tests were tough.
“I was so muddy I couldn’t find something to wipe it off with to do a blood test, so had-to-lick-it-offmy-finger mud; mud that seeped into my blood tester and stopped it working midway,” she said.
Baker described the final well-known obstacle Electroshock Therapy for the curious.
“The electric shocks feel like getting booted by a horse but not knowing where it came from or quite where it landed on your body – and then getting hit again and again and needing the sound of team mates cheering to reorientate to the finish.”
She praised her team mates – Emma Robinson, Ainsley Shepard, Dave Maddern and Lisa Jensen (of Gayndah), Tam Johnson, Clinton, Bethany and Nathan Probst (of Mundubbera) and Mitch (of Brisbane).
“I would do it again in a heartbeat,” Baker said.
BEFORE THE MAYHEM: Lisa Baker and Emma Robinson clean at the start of the Sunshine Coast Tough Mudder, a military-style obstacle course.