That’s all I can say about Donna.
Donna is a a woman of many talents: a serious handmade soap maker and serious, experienced athlete with a whole lot of biking under her belt. This gal is always on the lookout for the next challenge, so what did she choose this year? A Tough Mudder.
What is a Tough Mudder, you ask? Well, you remember my experience with the Warrior Dash last fall? Take that and times it by 10. I’m serious. A Tough Mudder is a 12 mile obstacle course filled with hills, mud, water, ropes, walls, and of course, fire. Tough Mudder is not for the weak and Donna completed it with flying colors.
Oh, and in case you miss it, Donna is 51 years old.
Did I say DOUBLE WOW yet?
SET YOUR GOAL:
What was your goal and why did you set it?
My goal was to complete the Tough Mudder, an event totally unlike I had ever done before. I am a cyclist and I have challenged myself with various cycling challenges over the years. I’ve done many bike races, ridden my bike around Puerto Rico in 3 days (375 miles, which I’ve done 4 times) and cycled 200 miles in one day. I thought it would be cool to do something unrelated to the bike.
Describe the specific plan you set up to help you reach your goal.
I have been doing Crossfit for over a year now and that has helped get me incredibly more toned and stronger. I also changed my diet to include more protein.
What sacrifices did you have to make to get there?
I don’t feel I had to make any sacrifices, per se, because I have always been highly disciplined, especially with exercise. I did have to finally realize that exercise is more than just cardio and athletes need more than just carbs.
In the weeks preceding the Tough Mudder, I had to choose to give up my Saturday group rides so I could do training better suited for doing the Tough Mudder. That entailed doing some metabolic conditioning, where I would run for 1 mile, than maybe do 100 squats, run another mile and do 100 sit ups, again run a mile and do 100 pull ups, and finally run another mile and do 100 push ups. I am not a runner so I had to work on that considering this Mudder was nearly 12 miles of running and completing 20+ military style obstacles.
REACH YOUR GOALS:
How long did it take you to reach your goal?
For the five months prior to the event, I focused on finishing the Tough Mudder in April 2011.
What were the challenges?
The primary challenge was the cold weather. I think the ability to deal with the cold temperatures when you are wet and muddy is key. Good endurance is also key. There are several muddy hills to climb and several miles of trail running. I surprised myself how well I did with the running, considering I am not a runner and didn’t think I had put in enough running miles.
What were the rewards?
I felt so good that not only had I completed the Tough Mudder but I finished feeling great. I also think that at age 51, I was the oldest, if not one of the oldest women to enter and complete the event. Most of the participants seemed to be in their 20′s and 30′s, and to be able to do a course like that with people that much younger than me is very empowering. There is nothing I like more than passing a much younger guy on a hill!
SURPASS YOUR GOALS:
Now that you’ve met your goal, what’s next?
I am planning on doing another fitness challenge this summer at the Jersey Shore that will consist of a 1-mile deep sand run, pull ups, burpees, and a yet-to-be-named mystery challenge. I also would like to do a half-marathon next year so I plan to start entering some 5k races.
Good luck on your next event this weekend, Donna! Can you share some of your drive and discipline? Nothing short of inspiring. Holy cow! Thanks for sharing it with us!
Hey, Fit Mommas, we love an inspirational story! If you have set and completed a goal, email me for the details and I’d love to share your experience with Trainer Momma readers.