June 10, 2010
CrossFit York competed in the first-ever Tough Mudder—and Andréa Maria Cecil reports team members found they were over-prepared for “the toughest one-day endurance race on the planet.”
“We don't need to do any special training for it. We could do it tomorrow.”
That’s what CrossFit York owner Rusty Mirasol repeated in the two months leading up to the Tough Mudder, billed as “the toughest one-day endurance race on the planet.” He got the occasional skeptical look from various members competing in the race as part of the so-called CrossFit York and the Snatch-A-Licious Team 4. The inaugural Mudder promised to challenge all the squats, pull-ups and muscle-ups this group of 14 CrossFitters had been practicing at the York, Pa., box for months.
British Special Forces designed the course at Bear Creek Mountain Resort near Allentown, Pa., “to test all around toughness, strength, stamina, fitness, camaraderie, and mental grit,” according to the event’s website.
“Forget about your race time. Simply completing the event is a badge of honor. Not everyone will finish,” the Web site boasts.
About 10 minutes after the last CrossFit York team member stepped over the Mudder finish line Sunday, May 2, Mirasol declared, “I don’t see any reason why everyone can’t train tomorrow.”
The next day, more than half the team showed up at the box for three rounds of 10 kettlebell swings, 20 push-ups, 30 sit-ups and 40 double-unders.