Mud­der Terri Les­lie ready to get back into action

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Al­lie Ruck­man

As Tough Mud­der inches closer, many lo­cal Drumheller res­i­dents are pre­par­ing to un­der­take the chal­lenge.

Among them is Terri Les­lie, who has com­pleted ev­ery Tough Mud­der in Drumheller since it’s take­off in 2014

Les­lie re­flects on her past Tough Mud­der ex­pe­ri­ences, which have pushed her to en­ter in her third con­sec­u­tive Tough Mud­der this year.

It is not re­ally a com­pe­ti­tion, it is a team. I think you have to be a ninja to get through with­out any help. It is very team based and no Mud­der gets left be­hind.” Terri Les­lie

“It is not re­ally a com­pe­ti­tion, it is a team. I think you have to be a ninja to get through with­out any help. It is very team based and no Mud­der gets left be­hind. If you see some­one strug­gling you help them, every­one on your team is un­der the same un­der­stand­ing. You will stop and help. I am a sports mas­sage ther­a­pist, and last year I ac­tu­ally helped some­one who cramped un­der wa­ter. I didn’t know who he was but those are the things you do. You want to see peo­ple suc­ceed,” says Les­lie.

Last year was one of the most vig­or­ous Tough Mud­ders be­cause of weather con­di­tions. The rain and cold winds gave Mud­ders mo­ti­va­tion to keep warm.

“Last year at the end of the course, there was the Funky Mon­key ob­sta­cle (Mon­key bars over a pool of muddy wa­ter). I was con­cerned about keep­ing my body heat. I saw some other big, strong guys do it and fall into the wa­ter. I just didn’t want to have hy­pother­mia. You have to be smart about what you can and can­not do. I was watch­ing all the Ga­tors haul peo­ple up, and I just didn’t want to be pulled out.”

Les­lie is ready to dom­i­nate the course this year.

“I do beach body work­outs and p90x. I also have been run­ning on gravel. This year has mo­ti­vated me to up my fit­ness and strength train­ing. Mostly be­cause you want to do bet­ter than the boys.”

Les­lie is also look­ing for­ward to some of her favourite ob­sta­cles.

“My fa­vorite part is the Arc­tic Enema. It’s a pool of wa­ter with 3-4 inches thick of ice on top. You jump into it and go un­der a plank and get out.”

“When you get to the end it is an amaz­ing feel­ing. The first year it was nice to see some­one who was left be­hind but you end up see­ing them fin­ish. At the very end you are sit­ting hav­ing a beer and you see them fin­ish. It is so neat to see.”

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Tough Sud­der par­tic­i­pant, Terri deslie, is pre­par­ing for her third Tough Sud­der event this Au­gust q and r in Drumheller.

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