Are You Rugged?

by Heather

Yes, road bikes are all they’re cracked up to be. Unfortunately I had to return my loaned bike yesterday… but not before I had a chance to take it for a spin. Luckily the weather cooperated and it was the perfect day for bike riding.

The verdict? The road bike was significantly more uncomfortable than my hybrid; it was also significantly more fun to ride. Faster, smoother, more reactive- this is why people ride bikes for 100s of miles.

But for now it’s back to the hybrid. Time to focus on running!

When I found out I had a spot in an Olympic-distance tri this May, I wasn’t running at all. I knew jumping back into things too quickly, especially with the motivation of a race hanging in there, could spell disaster for my knee. I decided a 5K at the beginning of April would be my test-run.

If I survived that 5K, I could do the tri. If not, the tri was out.

Well the beginning of April popped up out of nowhere. One day it was dreary, rainy, and frosty; the next it was sunny and all kinds of April. The 5K is Saturday.

I won’t tell you that right now I can only run a mile…


Luckily there’ll be some distractions along the course; a chance to give my knee a quick break. And while my knee’s resting, the rest of my body will be doing the work:

rugged maniac obstacle course

rugged maniac greensboro course

You know, just your typical 5K on a motocross track: crawling through tunnels, climbing 7 ft walls, hopping barricades, forging through a jungle of giant swinging truck tires, crawling through the mud, scaling a cargo net, leaping across floating barrels. Yeah, you know.

rugged maniac adventure race 5k

I’m excited. I was really hoping to jump over a fire pit, but I guess a mudslide will do. Winking smile

run through fire pit

Have you ever done an adventure race or mud run? Any hints on making it through unscathed?

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Katie @ Healthy Heddleston April 4, 2011 at 7:24 am
So cool! Their are two similar to this coming to Ohio this summer and I'd really like to do one! Have fun, can't wait for the recap -- have someone there to take lots of pictures!!
Faith @ lovelyascharged April 4, 2011 at 8:38 am
That looks KILLER! My work has done a few of them but I've never actually participated...looks like a load of fun though!
blogbytina! April 4, 2011 at 8:56 am
:O no, i am not that rugged! go get em!
Kelly April 4, 2011 at 9:32 am
I have done one adventure race and it was so much fun!! You will have a blast!
Liz @ IHeartVegetables April 4, 2011 at 9:37 am
That looks so fun! My friend and I are trying to sign up for an adventure run in May! They look like SO much fun but I've never done one before!
lindsay April 4, 2011 at 11:58 am
i did a mud run in 2006 before i knew they were so popular! it was a blast, though i haven't done one since. my hybrid has a big 'granny' seat (wide & cushioned, i get made fun of for it). i know if/when i get a real bike (w/ a real seat) i will be in pain. *but* i feel like i'll be faster and not dying on the "hills" like i am on my hybrid. at least, i like to think my heavy bike is what is slowing me down so much...
Heather April 5, 2011 at 10:24 am
The seats on road bikes are actually pretty comfortable- you'd be surprised!! They're not big and cushy but they're smaller so they don't hurt as much. Plus, there's always padded cushions you can add ;) I always blame my heavy bike for my speed instead of my legs haha.
Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather April 4, 2011 at 12:43 pm
I did a 5k obstacle course race 1 month ago and had the best time. I can't wait to hear how it goes for you! I was covered in so much mud by the end. I'm a rugged girl!
heidi @ runaroundaroo April 4, 2011 at 1:16 pm
Looks like a fun race. I did 4 obstacle races last year including a Muddy Buddy race with a friend and a bike, two 5Ks similar to what you're describing and one 7-mile trail run with freaking cold river crossings and hill scrambling. I love the challenge and the change. I love the fact when I finish and tell people about what I did they look at me like I just fell off the planet! You'll have a blast! Go into have fun and forget about your time! :)
Heather April 5, 2011 at 10:25 am
Wow, you're hardcore! :)
Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles April 4, 2011 at 7:22 pm
I have never done an adventure race, but I always think they look like so much fun!
Molly April 5, 2011 at 4:55 pm
That's awesome that you're doing one of these! I'm too afraid to do one in fear of: injurying myself (more), getting my shoes dirty, finding some sharp object while army crawling, etc.
emily April 5, 2011 at 7:09 pm
hope your knee continues to heal! that race actually sounds really awesome; i'd LOVE to do something like that. :)
d.a.r. April 6, 2011 at 9:39 pm
Oh that looks like crazy amounts of fun!!
amy@healthyhungryhappy April 7, 2011 at 10:17 am
that sounds so fun! ive never done one but would love to at some point. it sounds like a blast!

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