After Tim cured his sleep apnea, reduced his blood pressure and got back into top shape again, he took on the Tough Mudder challenge with family.
What inspired you to compete in the Tough-Mudder obstacle competition?
Well, it started with just a simple get-together at my house with my family, and my sister-in-law just recently had a hip replacement. She’s always been a runner and doing a lot of different events, Spartan races and things of that nature.
She was very disappointed that she wasn’t able to run the Tough-Mudder with her son and daughter. So, I just put up my hand and said, “You know what? I can probably do that now. I want to do that – I want to give that a try!”
So I threw my hat in the ring and next thing you know I was getting ready to start to do a Tough Mudder. I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare, because I signed up three weeks before the event. The only thing that I really felt I needed to work on was running, because I did not do a lot of running in my workouts. I started by running, instead of doing the regular StairMaster cardio that I was doing here at the gym. I started hitting the treadmill, trying to get 5K every single time I came in. I started running at home and running when I went up to the cottage and prepared myself that way.
And then the next thing you know, I was sitting there at the start line ready to run a Tough-Mudder with my family.
What do you think gave you the confidence to, “raise your hand” and sign up for such an event?
It’s just the fact of the way that I feel today, that I feel so much better than I did before. There wasn’t a doubt in my mind that I could do it and that I could run and I could do the obstacles. I’ve heard people talk about them. I got a little bit intimidated when I started seeing some of this stuff, and you see them jumping into pools of ice cubes and different things like that. But after my accomplishments this past year at the gym, I knew that I could pull this off.
Some anxiousness was building up as I was driving down the highway on my way to Christie Lake. But absolutely, you’re going to get nervous. You know what you’re getting into. But my son had never run one, and we had my niece and my nephew that were running, and they were onto their sixth event, so I had some help that way.
What was the most challenging part of that race?
I think for anybody, it’s just signing up for it and actually doing it. That’s the most challenging part – saying “Yeah, I’m going to do it.” Once you’ve started the race, you’re good to go for the most part. I think that’s a lot of things in life, the biggest challenge is hitting the start button. A lot of times you find, once you hit the start button, you’re ready to go.
Did you feel that you were in good enough shape for this event?
I had this nagging thing in the back of my mind that people are going to be passing you, but at the end of the day, I said, “all I need to do is finish this thing.” This is an accomplishment for me just to go there, finish and I wasn’t trying to beat anybody. I was just trying to beat myself, the fact that you can actually do it. And then it became a lot of fun, especially if you can do it with a bunch of people. It’s a blast.
How did this experience change you?
It increased my confidence for sure, and it also allowed me to show my family that we can do these types of activities together – I’m in! They were all excited as soon as they heard that I was actually going to do it. They’re in a lot better shape than I am being in their teens or early 20s, so they had no problem doing it, but they all rallied behind me.
But I kept up with them. They weren’t leaving me in the dust and didn’t leave me behind, we were all there to help each other. The whole thing about that event is about helping each other to do the obstacles.
Completing at this event was somewhat of bounce-back for me. I’ve never done one of these sorts of events before, but I’ve done a lot of hiking and skiing in the past. When I was in high school I loved cross-country running.
So this was taking me back to what I was doing back when I was a lot younger, and it was a great feeling to be able to do it again. I’m not going to say it was easy, but I wasn’t spent at the end of it. I was still feeling really good when I crossed the finish line.
What other adventures are you planning?
Well, I certainly see myself doing more of these type of events for as long as I can because I can do them with my family. As long as my kids are enjoying it, I can enjoy it with them. It was just a few years ago, because of my poor health and fitness level, I had to step back and not do a lot of the things that my kids wanted to do, and now they will probably try to get me to do more things with them which is nice.
What advice would you give to someone else that would like to take on a new adventure?
If someone else were contemplating participating in some sort of athletic event, like the Tough- Mudder series or any other new adventure, I’d say, don’t let your mind beat you. You might think you can’t do it, but you can, and if you still think you can’t – at least start. I saw people walk off the course that weren’t able to finish, but they started. So kudos to them.
If you just start, you’re going to realize how much you actually can do, and I think a lot of times, we surprise ourselves with what we’re capable of doing when we actually put our mind to it… I’m starting to sound like my dad now.
Tim Tappin – Member Spotlight Winner
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