Jun 152012

This fall, a group of Donner Party wannabes embark on an adventure to test the will of their bodies, their minds, and their sanity. But most likely it will validate their INSANITY. (And I am one of the insane). We will be participating in the  Tough Mudder Obstacle Challenge at Lake Tahoe on Saturday, September 22, 2012. Oh God, what have I gotten myself into?



This Tough Mudder is approximately 10 to 12 miles long with 25+ military style obstacles to overcome. There will be walls to climb, tunnels to crawl through, and ropes to maneuver around/over/under that are among some of the things our group will try to conquer. And since the course is built around Lake Tahoe, this group of misfits and survivors will have more than enough chances to acquaint themselves with the freezing temperatures of the second deepest lake in the United States.

For an interactive map of the course and the obstacles, click here.


This year’s Norcal #1 Mudder Run will be held at the Northstar California Resort in Lake Tahoe. It will have approximately 27 crazy obstacles. In addition to the above mentioned obstacles on the course, the insane mudders will experience running through fire, sliding down a hill into a cold pond, balancing on a 2 x 4 board to get across a body of water, as well as carrying a log up a ski slope and then trek down without loosing their footing. All this and they still haven’t gotten through half the course! The event is called Tough MUDDER so there will be plenty of it as they make their way through mud filled trenches, crawl through submerged pipes and duck underneath barbwire only 8 inches above the ground and muddy dirt in their faces.

Out of all of the many pains our group will go through during this event, the one that has me the most nervous is the “Artic Enema.” This obstacle is a mixture of assorted icy liquids in a large bin in which you have to jump into and submerge yourself under a barrier to get to the other side. Your basically diving into a pool of ice. BRRRR!!!


 And to add insult to injury, you’ll have to get past these (left) to get to the finish line. Yes, that’s electrified wires with up 10,000 volts of electricity. I don’t care if your the biggest, baddest, or strongest guy out there, 10,000 volts can knock you on your ass. And with 10 – 12 miles of water, ice, and snow all over your body, there’s nowhere to cover up to protect yourself from the biggest shock you will ever experience. Sorry, touching those 9 volt batteries to your tongue like you did when you were a kid will not prepare you for “Electroshock Therapy.”.

One thing that will be essential to our survival is teamwork. The creators of the event stress teamwork and camaraderie both on the course and off of it. Teammates will be needed to get each member over the 12 foot walls, help you get over your fears of jumping 20 feet into the lake, and push you when you feel like giving up. The event is not a race so getting to the finish the fastest doesn’t really mean anything. Mudders make sure no one is left behind. They help others even if they are not in the same team.

As a member if this rag tag group, I will experience the pain, sweat, and fatigue when I cross the finish line many miles from where I started. This will be the longest and most difficult event I will ever attempt. I was never known to be a long distance runner even when I was in my best shape many years ago. I have a long way to get my body in the shape I need it to be in. But I have faith in myself and especially in my team to help me get across that finish line.

This was a brief overview of what we expect to go through. In the next few months, I’ll try to post about our training progress and hopefully we’ll have some footage at the event and maybe some post celebration activity. I know I’ll celebrate with more than the beer they hand you at the end of the race!!

Stay tuned for the team’s preparation details and path to conquer this high altitude Mudder Run! Thank you for reading. Enjoy!



Jun 112012


As a kid, I remember watching my first boxing match with my dad on ABC’s Wide World of Sports on Saturdays. I don’t remember who the fighters were, but I think that’s when I was first tempted by boxing’s flirtations. I then went through watching Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, and all the big name fighters throughout the years. It was fun to watch, I had a good time and I soon fell in love with it.

Then I watched the “Super Fight” with Marvelous Marvin Hagler vs. Sugar Ray Leonard. It was my first experience with a controversial decision. Hagler was the aggressor in the fight and looked like he was on his way to a victory. Looking back at the fight, it was a closer match than I thought. Both fighters boxed beautifully. But at the time, I was sure Hagler won the match. Leonard won on a split decision: 118-110, 113-115, 115-113 (look familiar?). I should have known then that something was wrong.

But that still did not sway me from the sport. It took the Don King Corruption years to force me to say, “Enough!” and I just walked away without watching another boxing match until years later. I felt cheated on.

Then in September 2005, Manny Pacquiao, won the WBC International Super Featherweight Title Belt against Hector Velazquez and I was courted again by Boxing as she flirted and batted her eyes at me once again. I fell for her once more and took her back with open arms. Fifteen Pacman fights later, I was back into it full swing even though we had our ups and downs. Even while all the Floyd Mayweather drama was happening, I didn’t end it with her. I should have realized her infidelity was brewing during the Mayweather fiasco. But I was blind as all people are when they are in love. As a Filipino American, I was proud to be able to root for a legitimate champion from my parents’ birthplace fight after fight. So any warnings were subconsciously ignored.

Then on June 9th, 2012, the relationship came crashing down as I watched Manny Pacquiao dominate Tim Bradley for 10 of the 12 rounds in Las Vegas only to see the judges award Bradley the championship belt on a split decision. Like the Leonard vs. Hagler fight, the scoring was similar: 115-113, 113-115, 113-115. But the match itself was not similar in any way.  Manny Pacquiao clearly won the fight. Some of Pacquiao’s punches reminded me of the old video game, “Mike Tyson’s Punchout.” The first fighter you have to face in the game was Glass Joe. As you punch Glass Joe on the chin, his head whips to the side and his neck stretches as you get closer to a knockout. Bradley’s head was whipping back in the same way. I just knew Pacquiao won again. I couldn’t believe it when the decision was announced. I stood there in shock.


After awhile, I sat down and thought to myself, “I let her do it to me again. That fucking bitch!” I let her get close to me once more and she just stomped all over my heart. I asked myself, “Was it because I started talking with the UFC?” But that couldn’t be it. I liked the UFC, but I was never inappropriate. Boxing was my girl. So it can’t be cheating, right? Was boxing just getting back at me because she thought I was hooking up with the UFC? Somehow, I don’t think so. Boxing was the first love and I was totally committed to her. Boxing just turned her back on me again.

At the same time, when I talked to UFC,  she seamed interesting and so realistic. Anybody would be tempted. Plus she was consistent. She never told me anything that surprised me. Yeah, the fighter I liked didn’t always win, but UFC was always honest with me and kept it real. She was a true friend…

So this morning I woke up and decided that I was done with boxing. She hurt me too many times. I realized UFC has been down for me since I met her and has never been untruthful. With boxing today, I had one or two fighters that I watched consistently. With the UFC, I now have many: Evans, Jones, Silva, GSP, Penn, Lesner. And the list goes on. I devoted all my energy to Boxing when the one who really cared about me and loved me was right in front of my eyes. Thank you for being there UFC and having faith in me! I know I can count on you. I look forward to a long wonderful relationship. I should’ve believed in you sooner.


Plus, UFC, you have hotter Ring Girls!