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Tough Mudder, No Drinking, and Other Updates on My New Year’s Resolutions

At the beginning of 2013, I wrote a blog post that laid out my New Year’s resolutions, which were:

  1. I’m going to run at least two Tough Mudders, Spartan Races, or other similar races.
  2. At some point this year, I’m going to not have an alcoholic beverage for 14 days.
  3. I’ll achieve more focus in my entrepreneurial endeavors.

A couple of these have been or are being addressed recently, so here’s a quick update on my progress.

Tough Mudder #1 Complete

Mudder 2013 Before and After

Three buddies, my brother-in-law, and I ran the Tough Mudder this past weekend at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ, and it was awesome. Everyone made it to the finish line (we thought one of the guys might croak) in disgusting, muddy fashion and earned our t-shirt, headband, and free beer.

I ran a Tough Mudder last September so I knew what to expect this time around; couple that with beautiful weather (it was pouring rain during last year’s race), and this race wasn’t as terrible. It was definitely still a tough mental and physical challenge, and getting electrocuted and jumping into freezing water still really sucks.

I need to fit in one more adventure challenge by the end of the year to fulfill this resolution, and am thinking about doing a GoRuck event. We’ll see!

No Drinking for the Next Two Weeks

Starting yesterday, I’m staying away from alcohol for 14 days.

I know this one seems really easy, but I love having a beer with dinner or just to relax, and I don’t think I’ve ever gone more than a week without having a drink.

After the two weeks is up, I’m going to reward myself with drinks at the Drake concert on October 31 and then my buddy’s bachelor party in Vegas that weekend. I think that’s a fair deal!

More Focus in My Entrepreneurial Endeavors

This one is a bit more subjective and fluid, and I’m probably breaking even right now.

I’ve taken on a co-organizer role with Startup Weekend DC, adding responsibility to my plate.  But I’ve been more focused on a couple of my consulting clients and have made some progress on my next startup (more on that in another post). I think I’ll focus more as we continue with the startup, but for now I think I have a good balance.

At this point, all of my resolutions can still be accomplished. But we’ll see where I stand in a couple of months!

2012 was great, but 2013 is gonna be better

2012 was a really great, eventful year. I got engaged and legally married (thanks for the insurance, Vicky!) 🙂 ; saw my friends get married in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic; quit my dream job in sports; started and folded a startup; and garnered consulting engagements with innovative companies.

I fully expect 2013 to be bigger and better.

In 2013, I’m getting ceremonially married in Mexico and will have wedding events in NYC and Taiwan, too. I have a few close friends and a sister who will tie the knot this year (not with each other). My entrepreneurial career is going to grow. I’m sure I’m leaving other great things out but that’s all I can think of right now.

And I have some resolutions that I’ll work really hard to keep this year:

  1. I’ll achieve more focus in my entrepreneurial endeavors. After I stopped working on Dokkit in September, I lacked a lot of focus because I didn’t have that one flagship project to work on. I was working on three consulting projects and vetting a multitude of startup ideas. Having so many things on my plate spread me really thin and made me lack a sense of direction. Though some of the consulting gigs will still be there, I really want to focus more of my time on one really interesting, high-potential project with a great team.
  2. At some point this year, I’m going to not have an alcoholic beverage for 14 days. It’s kinda sad that I’ve never gone two weeks without an alcoholic beverage. Actually, I don’t think I’ve gone more than 5 days without one.  It’s not that I’m getting blasted all the time; I just like to have a beer here and a drink there. This should be interesting.
  3. I’m going to run at least two Tough Mudders, Spartan Races, or other similar races. I had a great time at the Tough Mudder I did this past year; my buddies and I pushed each other and worked together to finish an awesome challenge. I’d love to do more of these races this year.

What are some of the things you’ll achieve in 2013? I’d love to hear them. And Happy New Year to all!

Recap of Tough Mudder

On Saturday, I ran the Tough Mudder race in Frederick, MD. It was awesome. Below is a recap and some lessons I took away from the race:

Tough Mudder is Extreeeeeeeeeme

The race entailed 12 miles of running and 20 obstacles involving mud, mud, and more mud, water, electricity, climbing, jumping, lifting, pushing, pulling and more. And on top of that, we did it all in a torrential downpour, basically running the entire race sloshing in mud and more mud! Crazy.

I’ve done a Mud Run in the past and that’s nothing compared to the Tough Mudder. This is a true test of both mental and physical strength and endurance. My entire body is killing me, I have cuts and scrapes all over my arms, legs, and torso and I even have bruises underneath my fingernails. It hurts to type this blog post, seriously.

Teamwork, Camaraderie and Perseverance are Essential

You can’t run this race alone. I ran it with two of my buddies and we pushed each other throughout the race. But it also felt like every Mudder was my teammate, as everyone helped each other scale the Berlin Walls, climb over the mounds in Mud Mile,  and complete many other obstacles. And even though it felt great for me to get past each of the obstacles, it actually felt better helping others complete them.

Everest was a killer obstacle where you had to run up a 15-foot-high quarter pipe coated in mud and grease, then leap and grab the hands of other Mudders, who help pull you over the top. One of my teammates had a lot of trouble with this one, primarily because “tall” isn’t a word you would use to describe him. In front of a gallery of hundreds of people, he tried to climb Everest about five times, each time sliding down in shame and embarrassment (I imagine he felt that way). On his final try, he was able to get a solid leap and we were able to grab his hands and pull him up. He never gave up and we worked together as a team to get him through it. It seems cliche but that’s what Tough Mudder is all about.

Poor Organization Made This Event Even Crazier

I don’t know whose fault it was, but the traffic going in and out of the event site was insane. 10,000 people converging on the country roads of Frederick, MD made for one hell of a traffic jam. It was so bad that we parked our car about two miles away from the event site and had to walk those miles before and after the race!

Overall, the Tough Mudder was amazing and I’d totally do it again. I have a sweet t-shirt and bright orange headband to prove that I finished. We’re going to try other similar races, like The Spartan Race, to compare. I’d love to hear from other people who completed the Tough Mudder or any other races about what they think.

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