I was priviledged to run a muddyrace training day up here in bonny Scotland, we ran our event at the Scottish Assault Courses at the Errol Airfield, Dundee. I was nervous and excited, despite having run my own OCR (Obstacle Race Training) training sessions with great feedback, the thought of having to run them for muddyrace, a very respected company in the OCR world and would be representing them.
The guys and gals began to appear and we had an amazing 22 folks taking part of all levels, beginners, intermediate through to those who have taken part in races, for example Tough Mudder and The Beast. The warm-up, I believe set the tone for our sessions, based on dynamic movements and games.
The first period was used to cover key technique points for monkey bars, spear throws – those who have run a spartan race will know that feeling of having missed and subjected to the horrific burpee – press-ups, tyre flips/ throws and the first 2 walls.
Everyone did an amazing job of attacking the obstacles, trying to put in place the technique points covered, overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. Each of the groups, despite not knowing everyone in their group came together to support, encourage and motivate to try to the best of their abilities. There was definitely a buzz around the assault course! We also found out that several of the group had soft hands which were affected by the monkey bars and the walls. Key point: ensure you practice leading up to an obstacle race, this will help harden your hands and prepare them for the activities approaching, alternatively, you may choose to wear gloves. This is a personal choice and I have found that from one person to the next in races that each person needs to find what works for them.
The second batch of obstacles included the 8 foot wall, ditch jumps, the ‘slatted’ wall and the ‘mime wall’. The 8 foot wall was overcome for the first time EVER for some of the guys – amazing achievement to do on your own. Incredibly empowering feeling for women particularly, mainly from a perspective of this is commonly looked upon and ‘Ill never get over that’! I heard many a shreek from across the field. We also covered alot of the obstacle racing etiquette, I am proud to say I would stop and help anyone, I will always check on someone if it looks like they have stopped, just to ensure that there isn’t a problem.
We finished the day with a full run through, simply to make sure my guests were muddy, wet and smiling come the end! All the things you would expect to be at the end of a day of obstacle racing! 🙂 A massive thank you must also be extended to Fraser for his assistance and Carole for her excellent photography skills.