Muddyrace Scottish Training Day – Dundee

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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.

Looking forward to my next training session at Scottish Assault Courses in Kilmarnock!  Hope to see you all there!1509865_1384399018549876_7589586864218194459_n (1) 1524384_1384397798549998_9007702273473012902_o 10172687_1384397675216677_3817941035020361720_n 10172711_1384391458550632_6530714138849097328_n 10271400_1384391375217307_5625974136790644671_o 10271447_1384399201883191_577918294043982959_o 10308945_1384394771883634_3524783658851714000_n 10314751_1384397008550077_5725759706640440806_n 10325671_1384397145216730_6204478393279184997_n 10329227_1384396548550123_1454698073852389843_n 10370955_1384392385217206_7250953629860696430_n (1) 10403148_1384391215217323_1310610769726397894_n 10407413_1384394375217007_1186268524915523334_n 10407618_1384399641883147_7801087697228283181_n 10407988_1384396878550090_8203872372641410795_n 10408962_1384399325216512_5172547136574807768_n 10418395_1384397991883312_968002868617794511_n 10428494_1384392621883849_1810011397830428860_n 10429260_1384392245217220_6213888960953107066_n  10499446_1384392528550525_339165829148016283_o 10501966_1384400045216440_6289017121103650528_n 10559858_1384394828550295_2273064334621295474_n 10686663_1384391441883967_7953875303994885308_n 10688261_1384398121883299_6993441544375815281_o 10881477_1384394615216983_6412669246488200556_n 10881525_1384391288550649_3611939091824522686_n 10906054_1384394185217026_149627501436396455_n (1) 10914842_1384391611883950_2086041529052707566_o 11013510_1384391678550610_8452671593504278084_o 11031135_1384391838550594_8647950454678265091_n

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