“So Coach Thompson sent his wrestlers to me because he knew that I could help them prepare for the unexpected. I could teach these elite athletes that if they endured enough off the mat, they could crush any challenge on the mat. My goal wasn’t to help them prepare to win; it was to help prepare them for the unknown.
No physical element embodies the unknown like mud. It stick s to us, slowing us down, trying to pull us under. Since the beginning of humankind, men and women have been forced to deal with this brown muck . Mud delayed Napoleon at Waterloo, crippled the Nazi invasion of Russia, and turned the Ho Chi Minh Trail into an obstacle course for insurgents in Vietnam. That mixture of earth and water that gets caked on your shoes has changed history. I’m guessing it’s slowed you down a few times as well.
In a Spartan Race we always confront competitors with mud puddles and swamps, things you only run through out of necessity . These obstacles help condition them for “the mud” of everyday life, the stuff that drags us down, or at least tries to. May be you didn’t get that promotion, but we teach you to persevere in your job any way. May be you got dumped, but we still want you to seek a new partner with a positive attitude. When you’re already fatigued and struggling, the addition of mud can make for a toxic mix, exacerbating the desire to surrender. So every course has at least one mud trap somewhere along the way. It wouldn’t be a Spartan Race without one.”