At the start of the Tough Mudder the event you are given a motivational ten minute pep talk that goes over the rules and what Tough Mudder is all about. After the National Anthem it's time to get start the ten mile challenge that will test you both mentally and physically. The first mile would prepare you immediately, a tough climb followed by coming back down the mountain, at the bottom you hit the first obstacle named the ball shrinker. It is basically a pool filled with ice, you jump in go under an obstacle and then get out, sounds a lot easier then it was. Hitting 35 degree water shocks the body, you lose all sense of where you are and then you have to go under the obstacle and hope you come up. The first half of the course is nothing but climbing, you get a few obstacles thrown in that bring you right back to earth if your feeling strong. At the five mile mark I felt very strong, I felt a tad low around mile six but quickly grabbed some candy and Gatorade and was good to go. Around mile seven the team began to cramp up, after another climb and another water obstacle the body just locks up. I was lucky enough to miss out on the cramps, I was tight but nothing like some of the others. Once you hit mile eight your running on nothing but adrenaline and the toughest obstacles are still to come. After climbing 20ft walls and more ice water you have to run up a half pipe. This is where the team work really helps, your body is drained and you have to sprint up this wall. As I got started I was terrified my body would shut down, luckily I got up, grabbed a teammates hand and had completed the obstacle. I then ran down a hill and to the finish. As we crossed the line as a team we all embraced and congratulated one another.
I could not celebrate however, I grabbed my headband, shirt, protein shake and celebratory beer and raced over to the bag check. If my blood sugar was good I could then celebrate, I got my belongings and tested right on the spot. When I saw 224 I was in complete shock and honestly broke down a bit. I quickly grabbed my humalog pen and gave myself 14 units. The 14 units would stop the rise that would follow my body getting back to a normal state and any food that would follow. One of the medics came over as I gave myself my shot and asked if all was ok, I quickly explained how I ran the course with nothing and what my blood sugar was, the woman gave me a shocked look and said "congratulations, what you just did diabetes was more impressive then completing the course." I smiled and thanked her and then went on to celebrate with my team. The one bad of the post party was the lack of cell service, I wouldn't get a signal for another hour back at the hotel. I could not inform my anxiously waiting wife until then.