Training for a Tough Mudder: Update 3

This is the third update tracking our progress as my wife and I (and brother) prepare for our first Tough Mudder event, a Tough Mudder Half at Mesa, Arizona in April.

Tracking Activities – Apple Watch

In the first update I noted that upper body strength, and the ability to pull yourself across or up obstacles, will be key. Accordingly, a key area of focus for us has been improving upper body strength. As we trained at out local gym and on a parcourse at a local park, we easily met our training objectives. In the most recent update I discussed the challenge of maintaining a good workout regimen while traveling.

Maintaining a Fitness Regimen

Fortunately our workout regimen has largely proceeded without any issues or interruptions since the last update, on February 1st. The one small interruption? I did travel recently on business. While my wife stuck with our routine here at home, I had to get creative as I stayed at a hotel with – what can only generously be referred to as – a ‘fitness center.’ As the Bard (or was it Yoda?) observed, “A treadmill, an elliptical, and a stationary bike not a fitness center do they make.”

Perhaps it was neither that made that observation. In any event, I improvised, adapted, and overcame. Since it was far too cold to run outside, I got as much time as possible on the stationary bike and treadmill; and got in plenty of push-ups, sit-ups and squats in my room.

Group Power

Back home in Arizona, the wife and I got in a great session of Group Power at our local gym on Saturday, a three-mile run (which included seven obstacles/stations on Sunday, and a two-mile run on this fine Monday morning. As is the case on most mornings, we followed our run this morning with a breakfast smoothie.

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Smoothie

Final Thoughts

As we creep ever closer to the event, we feel confident that not only will we run well and hit the obstacles with vim and vigor, we’ll have tons of fun. Stay savvy and stay fit, my friends and don’t let travel, cold weather, or anything else be an impediment to getting in your daily workout!

Blogger-in-Chief here at RetirementSavvy and author of Sin City Greed, Cream City Hustle and RENDEZVOUS WITH RETIREMENT: A Guide to Getting Fiscally Fit.


  1. Lovin’ this, James! Funny, I never realized Yoda used the fitness center in hotels! (Smiles). Good luck, and congrats for staying on track. Amazing how goals have a way of doing that in one’s life, right!?

    • Indeed. We’re having a good time with the training, maintaining our desired weights, and of course, maintaining desired fitness levels.

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