Cheyenne, WY (KGWN)- I'm preparing to run my second Tough Mudder challenge in September.
I completed one in 2012, it is one accomplishment in life I am extremely proud of.
Two years have come and gone since then, and while I have continued to go to the gym in that time, I'm no where near in as good of shape as I was then.
So, to get back into "peak" physical condition I will be enlisting the help of some top tier athletes around southern Wyoming.
First up, I met Collin Randall who is preparing for the same Tough Mudder in Colorado as I.
We got together at Sol Survivor Crossfit in Cheyenne to workout and talk about the race, and more.
One of the things I've always liked about Tough Mudder, is the organization's close relationship with the Wounded Warrior Project.
"Wounded Warrior is very near and dear to every Americans heart," Randall told me. "I have personally seen it work wonders in people's lives."
The Wounded Warrior Project has a stated vision as follows,
"To foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history."
Tough Mudder challenges its contestants to raise money to donate to Wounded Warrior and has helped raise millions of dollars for the Project.
"The ability to take somebody in their absolutely lowest position in life when the absolute worst thing has happened to them and bring them up from that is a great thing," Randall said. "I think that any organization that helps not only fund, but feed clothe and counsel those types of individuals should really have our full support."
Collin is doing his part and working hard to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project ahead of the race.
The two of us spoke for a while and then decided that it was time to work out.
We did what's called a 'Bear Complex' workout.
In one motion, we did a power clean, into a front squat, into a push press, racked the weight on our backs, into a back squat and into another push press and that's one rep.
We did three sets of three, then added weight and did three sets of one.
We finished the night off with an 800 meter run.
Michael Donohue is an instructor at Sol Survivor and coached us through the workout.
I hadn't performed a power clean since high school, he was helpful and patient and he did his best to fix my "form" and get me looking like a real crossfitter.
After about a 40 minute workout and run we finished up and it was time for my evaluation.
I'm proud to report that I survived my first cross fit workout and received two thumbs up, from Collin and Michael.
I still got it!
I'm looking forward to the next work out and waiting for great ideas from viewers.
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