I swore I was never going to do it.
I swore there was no way you would ever get me out from the work camera and on a course.
I swore I could not do anything.
And I did it.
Work afforded me the opportunity to jump in at Rugged Maniac at Portland International Raceway. I did this both as my social media peep at Mud Run Guide bringing you the best coverage. But I got to help my friend Dana as she tackled her first OCR.
You start with having the jump a wall to get into the start chute. I learned a lot from watching Spartan last year and I used the support bar and hauled myself up and over.
Without freaking out.
(Last year I freaked out at just trying a wall)
The course is spread out throughout Portland International Raceway. It has the typical obstacles you would expect, climbing ladders, walls, hanging obstacles ect.
My favorite, both from the spectator and from the now done it perspective is zero gravity. You climb up to a platform that has three trampolines that you jump on to move forward until you hit the cargo net wall, you climb up the cargo net and down the ladder.
I may of just saved myself the problem and jumped into the water for the Gauntlet which are these gym mats that make a pathway over the water, while you are ducking punching bags.
I also love frog hop, which are these plastic platforms in the water that you have to traverse while they are only held in place by a few ropes. I crawled…. I noticed the wide stance worked better and went for it.
There was a lot of climbing small mountains of dirt. A lot of climbing out of holes, and a lot of mud. Half of our course was on a motor cross track, and there was a lot of sliding and trying to make
You also have ones that test your fears. Claustrophia puts you in this dark narrow tunnel that you can not necessarily see the end of until you make the final turn. I literally followed whoever was behind me and kept my eyes on the ground.
There was some stuff that I could not realistically do. My grip and my wrist just will not allow for it. One of the things I love about Rugged is if there is something you can not do, its not a big deal. They want you to try (hense a couple I literally just jumped into the water and traversed that way).
And there is the accelerator.
I am afraid of heights. Heights make me cuss a lot. Accelerator actually starts at the warped wall. It was recommended medically I dont try the wall yet so I took the ladder up (even though I did try a few things I probably should not of). Which led to a climb up Mt. Manaic which is a cargo net that is at an angle that leads up to the final of three shipping containers, which leads you to a super tiny ladder to the accelerator. The accelerator is a waterside that takes you all away down to the ground.
I was ready to scream.
The whole thing I learned is you can not over think it. As long as I put my head down and pushed through I could get through 90 percent of what was in front of me, and if I could not get through I found another way around. I think it was the universes way of reminding me that I could do more as long as I stopped being in my head so dang much about everything.
I will do Rugged again next year no matter where the road leads me (more on this at a later time, this is the third blog I have written in one night). I like it challenges people to push but the pressure is not as competitive as it is as something like a Spartan.
I highly encourage everyone to get to a Rugged near them. It can be a perfect challenge to push yourself no matter what level you are at.