Kadena Pierce ready for her fourth Tough Mud­der

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Sub­mit­ted Al­lie Ruck­man The Drumheller Mail

Kadena Pierce is no stranger to the chal­lenge of Tough Mud­der. The lo­cal has com­peted in the chal­lenge three con­sec­u­tive years, and is ready to make her fourth year her best yet.

She com­peted in harsh weather con­di­tions last year that set her back.

“This year I am hop­ing to not freeze like last year. Last year’s event or­ga­nizer said Drumheller was one of their tough­est cour­ses be­cause of the cold wind and rain. This year I am look­ing for­ward to, and hop­ing for, bet­ter weather,” says Pierce.

“I trained a lot more for this one than I did last year. It is chal­leng­ing.”

As a fit­ness in­struc­tor and past Tough Mud­der con­tes­tant, she has some ad­vice on pre­par­ing for the chal­lenge, “prac­tice your pull ups, up­per body strength and run­ning. Scrape up your el­bows and knees a lot be­cause they are go­ing to take a beat­ing and it will be help­ful to have some thick skin there.”

Tough Mud­der is a chal­lenge that is not timed or com­pet­i­tive.

That is my fa­vorite part about Tough Mud­der. The team work. Even last year when it was su­per cold everyone was help­ing everyone.”

“The one thing Tough Mud­der stresses the most is the ca­ma­raderie. It is not a race, it is a chal­lenge. It is all about team work and help­ing your fel­low Mud­der out. That is my fa­vorite part about Tough Mud­der. The team work. Even last year when it was su­per cold everyone was help­ing everyone,” says Pierce.

Pierce re­flects on her first Tough Mud­der in Whistler, Bri­tish Columbia, al­most four years ago.

“I was scared. I was won­der­ing if I was strong enough to com­plete the course. I fin­ished it and it was amaz­ing. The feel­ing of pride when you come off the course is amaz­ing. It is what has kept me com­ing back.”

“Last year, I think my tough­est ob­sta­cle was called Funky Mon­key, it was a gi­ant mon­key bar above wa­ter. I was al­ready soak­ing wet, and it was slip­pery. I took one swing and landed right in the wa­ter. I knew it was go­ing to hap­pen but I had to try any­way.”

Drumheller’s third an­nual Tough Mud­der is set to run Au­gust 6 and 7.

Kadena Pierce takes on the Arc­tic Enema ob­sta­cle in Tough Mud­der 2015. She is tak­ing on Tough Mud­der 2016 on Au­gust 6 and 7.

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