What I Learned from Tough Mudder 2012

Sea Bass —  June 7, 2012

As I look through the picture Gallery taken by our personal photographer I began to feel a sense of pride in seeing all the members of Team Uppercut excelling.  It was what I would describe as a dynamic mix of personalities that shines through as you page through the pictures and the fact that all 15 participants finished mostly unharmed was nothing short of amazing. View the Tough Mudder 2012 Gallery

I learned a lot about myself and 14 others guys that prior to training for this event I did not know too much about.  If you search the internet you can find blogs all over the place about people discussing their personal thoughts and emotions as they grinded their way through the mud and misery of race day.  The one thing that these blogs fail to discuss is the process that prepped them for the big day and the experience they had while training.

I think the journey to the race was much more meaningful than the race itself.  Here we are 2 weeks removed form the race and I feel a bit of a void in my life now that the regular training sessions are over.  It is difficult to put into words the bonding and camaraderie that was established and the comfort level that developed between most of us.

Ephesians 4:11-16 states:

11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.   14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. 

It seems to me that perhaps Christ has given us to each other to create a sense of unity and better equip us to not only finish the Tough Mudder but to grow and become teachers and evangelists and prophets so that the body of Christ may be built up in those around us and in ourselves.  Let us not forget that three great and wonderful men were baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit as a result of our spiritual journey together.

It now is upon us to continue to expand our brotherhood by reaching out to others we know and invite them into our group and allow them to experience the personal and spiritual growth we have been so blessed to know.  It is upon us to share this personal growth and experience with other Churches so that the men of their congregations can grow physically stronger as well as spiritually.

  It is my belief this newfound growth will allow them to be better Fathers, Husbands, Leaders, and most importantly Christians.

After all if we cultivate the soil of men and nurture their physical state the spiritual seeds the Church plants will grow and become splendid vine like the seedlings in

Ezekiel 17:8  It had been planted in good soil by abundant water so that it would produce branches, bear fruit and become a splendid vine.

I will pray that each of you look deeper than your race experience and remember the seedlings that have been planted in your good soil that you have spent these many months cultivating and help Team Uppercut continue to grow and flourish as it had helped each of us grow and flourish.  As a supporting ligament of the body of Christ what role will you play in this growth?

Sea Bass

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Kelly is a Chiropractor in Austin, MN and enjoys spending time with his wife and children. When he is away from the office, you will find him fishing locally or in his native town of Grand Rapids a.k.a the Iron Range, and training with his fellow Team Uppercut cohorts. He has ambitions to build a "Ninja Warrior" obstacle course in his backyard...approval pending with wife.

7 responses to What I Learned from Tough Mudder 2012

  1. Amen brother!

  2. I couldn’t agree more, Kelly. Well said. We can’t let all this work and connection die here, but we need to build off of this and allow God to continue to use us. This is a great challenge for everyone of us. BTW, I love the picture next to your closing thoughts!

  3. Well said! And I thought Cory said he wanted to do a 50k with me.

    • @Tony – Cory did say that he wanted to run the 50K. Especially if he could take a Coke Classic hot tub afterwards.

  4. Hi! Just an internet wanderer looking for Christian perspectives on the Tough Mudder. It’s great to read that it was such a unifying experience for some. I’m interested in the event, but got the impression on some points that the post party was some kind of beerfest (drunkenness). What did you think?

    • @Denise we did not say for the post party. We headed home. It was a 3-4 hour drive for us. I cannot speak to the after party, but during the event I didn’t not see any body that was wasted. We left at 6pm and people were starting to drink by then. The atmosphere was fine up until we left. Not sure what happened after that.

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