Mudder Terri Leslie ready to get back into action
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.”
Tough Sudder participant, Terri deslie, is preparing for her third Tough Sudder event this August q and r in Drumheller.