Dirty play part of the game

Lo­cals take fit­ness to the ex­treme

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BE­FORE THE MAY­HEM: Lisa Baker and Emma Robin­son clean at the start of the Sun­shine Coast Tough Mud­der, a mil­i­tary-style ob­sta­cle course.

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