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(The Atlantic)   Tough Mudder is all right if you're a duck. Otherwise it's poop-infected farmwater seeping up your mouth and anus   (theatlantic.com) divider line 44
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2014-05-02 05:41:39 PM  
Off-topic, but I just got the Mudders' Milk joke.
 
2014-05-02 07:11:23 PM  
I've never understood the appeal of these things.  There are other ways to test your mettle.
 
2014-05-02 07:18:10 PM  
His mother was a mudder? His father was a mudder? Hey what did I just say?
 
2014-05-02 07:18:21 PM  
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RIP Rick Santorum
 
2014-05-02 07:19:25 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: I've never understood the appeal of these things.  There are other ways to test your mettle.


I've never understood the appeal of testing your mettle in the first place. Life is already challenging enough to get through. Maybe some people's lives are too easy.
 
2014-05-02 07:19:27 PM  
pardon the pun, but no shiat.  any half marathon, 10k, or even 5k race, just treat yourself to a glance in the porta-potties.  newsflash:  people tend to "offload" before races, and trace amounts of duke are still on their bodies.  so when people jump into non-chlorinated mudpits.....yyyyyyyyyyeahhhhh.......

and i always love The Evil Portapotty.  This is the one where there is a bank of like, 30, and there's always one that got abused.  you'll know it by the poor soul who walks in, you hear that reverb-ery plastic sound of the door shutting, then a millisecond later the person is rushing out with the dry heaves.

Pure evil.
 
2014-05-02 07:19:56 PM  
its a legitimate course hazard

/quit complaining
 
2014-05-02 07:21:32 PM  
This is about as tough and muddy as I'm willing to get. More fun and no poop.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-05-02 07:23:14 PM  
All said they had recently fallen face-first in mud, during a Tough Mudder obstacle-course event on a nearby cattle ranch in the town of Beatty the week prior.

You mean that turning a feces filled field into a muddy obstacle course where people will be submerged in the poo-mud isn't healthy !?
 
2014-05-02 07:25:07 PM  

Nidiot: Benevolent Misanthrope: I've never understood the appeal of these things.  There are other ways to test your mettle.

I've never understood the appeal of testing your mettle in the first place. Life is already challenging enough to get through. Maybe some people's lives are too easy.


There is a certain feeling of accomplishment, knowing that you did something you thought you couldn't do, and that it took guts and discipline.  This is why people run marathons or compete on weightlifting, or do any number of things.  But the Tough Mudder always seemed to me to be about a short-term discomfort that the organizers inflate to disproportionate importance in order to get people to pay to do it.  To my mind, it's much more difficult to go train every day, even when you don't feel like it, over time, to reach a physical goal you once thought was out of your reach.  That takes guts and discipline in spades.

Maybe it's that I just don't get it.
 
2014-05-02 07:26:15 PM  
That's what moronic suburban 20 and 30 somethings pay for.
 
2014-05-02 07:28:52 PM  
The Hero of Canton strikes again!
 
2014-05-02 07:31:02 PM  
If you have to be told not to splash and swim in mud near pig and cow sh*t, you probably deserve some violent bowel movements.
 
2014-05-02 07:38:40 PM  
Seeping is not good enough.

I prefer my poop-infested farmwater forcefully injected into my anus.

/anus
 
2014-05-02 07:43:48 PM  
Got a new wall paper for ya' subby:

sd.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk

/Terrible word spacing, but you get the idea.
 
2014-05-02 07:47:49 PM  
I did one once. That was enough. The good thing was that I won my entry so I didn't spend a dime.
 
2014-05-02 07:58:28 PM  
This kind of thing builds up your immune system so you won't get sick the next time you swim in feces.
 
2014-05-02 08:05:01 PM  
"Yay! shiat water!"

Said no one ever.
 
2014-05-02 08:34:48 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: I've never understood the appeal of these things.  There are other ways to test your mettle.


SRSLY.  I race tris, and most of us go about our business in quiet pride after a race.  I was in Lawrence, KS last weekend, and apparently there was a TM race there.  You could tell by all the people covered in mud and wearing their shirts and viking caps in the nice restaurant we were in.  They're sorta like vegans, in that respect.
 
2014-05-02 08:42:23 PM  
Why don't any of the girls who constantly post about these obnoxious races post about the after effects?
 
2014-05-02 08:43:56 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: I've never understood the appeal of these things.  There are other ways to test your mettle.


Hipsters like to show off to other hipsters.
The same people who have "13.1" stickers on their car.
 
2014-05-02 08:43:57 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

What a tough MUD might look like.
 
2014-05-02 09:02:25 PM  
So, a Darwin Derby?

I'm not okay with this, but I don't have to be. Not my farking problem, as long as it's not my kid wanting to do it.

/kid has way more sense than that
 
2014-05-02 09:21:51 PM  
I have met a few people who enjoy this kind of thing. They all had a bit of douchebag in their personalities and appearances. You know the type. Chest pushud out, gut sucked in, too much hair gel in their faux-hawk, etc...
 
2014-05-02 09:22:48 PM  

MustardTiger: I have met a few people who enjoy this kind of thing. They all had a bit of douchebag in their personalities and appearances. You know the type. Chest pushud out, gut sucked in, too much hair gel in their faux-hawk, etc...


*Pushed
 
2014-05-02 09:27:00 PM  

It's Me Bender: [upload.wikimedia.org image 665x329]

What a tough MUD might look like.


ahahahahahaha yesss
 
2014-05-02 09:58:50 PM  
www.beertripper.com

What a tough mudder looks like.
 
2014-05-02 10:15:11 PM  

MustardTiger: I have met a few people who enjoy this kind of thing. They all had a bit of douchebag in their personalities and appearances. You know the type. Chest pushud out, gut sucked in, too much hair gel in their faux-hawk, etc...


don't forget the cheesy tribal and/or chinese script tatoos.
 
2014-05-02 10:22:50 PM  

walkerhound: Benevolent Misanthrope: I've never understood the appeal of these things.  There are other ways to test your mettle.

SRSLY.  I race tris, and most of us go about our business in quiet pride after a race.  I was in Lawrence, KS last weekend, and apparently there was a TM race there.  You could tell by all the people covered in mud and wearing their shirts and viking caps in the nice restaurant we were in.  They're sorta like vegans, in that respect.


You wouldn't happen to have been doing the 101K trail run, were you?
 
2014-05-02 10:33:46 PM  

firemanbuck: Seeping is not good enough.

I prefer my poop-infested farmwater forcefully injected into my anus.

/anus



Bear Grylls is a farker?

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2014-05-02 11:12:47 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: I've never understood the appeal of these things.  There are other ways to test your mettle.


Test your metal!
http://testofmetal.com/pages/test-of-metal.php
 
2014-05-03 12:03:02 AM  
The article says more than a million people have participated in one of these events yet then focuses on 22 cases of sickness. Even assuming more people got sick but didn't report their illness, this article seems a bit overblown. I did one of these races last year and had a lot of fun. The silly shock obstacles and ice water bath confronted me with small, stupid yet authentic fears that I probably wouldn't have otherwise encountered as a 30 something office dweller. It was also nice to have motivation to stick to a work out plan more often than not in the months leading up. I think that's likely a common experience among these racers. We're already foolish enough to pony up $100 to participate but not as foolish as I suspect the good doctor suspects us to be in his article. I'd rather take my chances with 22 cases of the runs among a million participants than risk being subjected to the average malady faced by any of the more than 18 million Americans classified as morbidly obese. The Atlantic could run story on only one of those poor souls and likely have more plentiful instances of loose bowel movements to report upon with obnoxious smugness.
 
2014-05-03 12:44:06 AM  

walkerhound: Benevolent Misanthrope: I've never understood the appeal of these things.  There are other ways to test your mettle.

SRSLY.  I race tris, and most of us go about our business in quiet pride after a race.  I was in Lawrence, KS last weekend, and apparently there was a TM race there.  You could tell by all the people covered in mud and wearing their shirts and viking caps in the nice restaurant we were in.  They're sorta like vegans, in that respect.


It wasn't a TM - it was a Warrior Dash.  I was there...great fun!  The post-race wash area was the runoff pond.  Didn't help much.  The shower a couple of hours later did.
 
2014-05-03 02:51:54 AM  

It's Me Bender: [upload.wikimedia.org image 665x329]

What a tough MUD might look like.


That actually sounds like that street in Baltimore the other day.
 
2014-05-03 02:53:26 AM  

Begoggle: Benevolent Misanthrope: I've never understood the appeal of these things.  There are other ways to test your mettle.

Hipsters like to show off to other hipsters.
The same people who have "13.1" stickers on their car.


Hey, my GF has a 13.1 on her car.  She'll kick your ass.  And then she'll knit you a very nice ass-blanket while we wait for the EMTs.
 
2014-05-03 08:24:33 AM  
And yet I have gotten diarrhea without running one of those.  How did that happen?
 
2014-05-03 09:20:40 AM  
What's the race where you end up covered in multi-colored chalk dust? I've seen people who've done it but keep forgetting which one it is.
 
2014-05-03 09:24:36 AM  
I have run about 5-6 of them. I actually find them easier than normal road races. Obstacles are like taking a break with you cardio sometimes. Just a normal road race doesn't have places where you stop running to climb something, or swing from something, or crawl - stuff like that.

I was signed up for one about a month ago. Didn't go. Decided it was just too big of a hassle so my days of Tough Mudders, Warrior Dashes, Mud Crusades, and all the other ones are over.
 
2014-05-03 09:28:19 AM  

FriarReb98: What's the race where you end up covered in multi-colored chalk dust? I've seen people who've done it but keep forgetting which one it is.



The one I was lured into was Color Me Rad. It is just running while you get bombed with colored corn starch or get sprayed and run through clouds of colored corn starch. I did it once and that was enough.
 
2014-05-03 09:44:29 AM  

JK8Fan: FriarReb98: What's the race where you end up covered in multi-colored chalk dust? I've seen people who've done it but keep forgetting which one it is.


The one I was lured into was Color Me Rad. It is just running while you get bombed with colored corn starch or get sprayed and run through clouds of colored corn starch. I did it once and that was enough.


So basically, no asthmatics, and you get to grow corn in your lungs by the end of it.  Sounds fun.
 
2014-05-03 10:18:56 AM  

Preserved_Killick: . The Atlantic could run story on only one of those poor souls and likely have more plentiful instances of loose bowel movements to report upon with obnoxious smugness.


What part of the writing to do you consider obnoxiously smug?
 
2014-05-03 12:19:35 PM  
FriarReb98 So basically, no asthmatics, and you get to grow corn in your lungs by the end of it.  Sounds fun.

http://thecolorrun.com/  The concept is you look like Frank McRae & John Candy @ the end of '1941' on a hot day
 
2014-05-03 08:20:46 PM  
Oh good Lord, you nattering ninnies. Go wrap yourselves in bubble wrap & veg out in front of the TV. Yawn.

It's big, dumb fun. Getting hurt or sick? Yes. It's what happens when you go out and enjoy doing stuff.
 
2014-05-04 12:38:40 AM  

GregInIndy: Oh good Lord, you nattering ninnies. Go wrap yourselves in bubble wrap & veg out in front of the TV. Yawn.

It's big, dumb fun. Getting hurt or sick? Yes. It's what happens when you go out and enjoy doing stuff.


There is a difference in enjoying yourself and swimming in a septic tank.
 
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