There aren’t many experiences out there than conjure the same bizarre mix of emotions as the classic Tough Mudder obstacle Arctic Enema. Simultaneously loved for it’s refreshing qualities (on a hot day at least) and the bragging rights it generates, while also hated for it’s breath-stealing, core-shaking ability to turn even the toughest Mudder into a quivering, screaming wreck.
Either way, after an entire year without any icy action we know that Mudder Nation simply can’t wait to be reunited with its best friend/worst enemy. Luckily TMHQ has got three invaluable pieces of advice for you, so that when you do face Arctic Enema you’ll do so with bravery and grace.
Don’t Overthink It
First up is a flagship piece of life advice which also works pretty well as advice for both signing up for Tough Mudder and tackling most of our obstacles. The worst thing about Arctic Enema for most people is the anticipation. You see it looming over the hill and you know what’s coming, you have to slowly climb the ladder and ease yourself into the mouth of tube – all while thinking, “I can’t do this.”
Well stop right there Mudder. The key is to not think anything. Clear your mind, run towards the obstacle, scale the ladder and drop into that ice-packed water as fast as possible.
Once you’re in the water most Mudders experience a complete shutdown in mental and bodily function as the shock takes hold. You can’t catch your breath, you certainly can’t feel your legs but there’s several people telling you to keep moving. This is because you need to get it over and done with, one swift movement into the water, under the beam and out the other side.
You can bellyache about it as much as you like once you’re out the other side.
Shake it Off
The third and final piece of advice is easily remembered by channeling the great Taylor Swift herself. As soon as you’re out of the water and on dry land again you need to get moving. Shake off your arms and legs to get the blood pumping and then keep running. The rest of the course is waiting for you. As is the finish line celebrations and an ice cold beverage- what are you waiting for? Get your Tough Mudder ticket now for your chance to put all of this great advice into practice.