Tough Guy race billed as “The toughest race in the world”
Staged over a sub zero 15km (9.5mile) course. It consists of a cross-country run followed by an assault course known as ‘the killing fields’, claimed to be tougher than any other worldwide, featuring 100 obstacles, including a hill slalom run, electric shocks, ditches, jumps, freezing water pools, fire pits, tunnels, heights and so on
The military recognise tough guy as an arduous test of physical and mental endurance and british special forces are known to send troops to compete before deployment,
The organizers claim that running the course involves risking barbed wire, burns, dehydration, hypothermia, acrophobia, claustrophobia, electric shocks, sprains, twists, joint dislocation and broken bones.
Last year up to one-third of the starters failed to finish, several hundred competitors were treated for hypothermia. To date there are 2 recorded competitor fatalities.
Some competitors wear wetsuits, but I am taking on the event bare-chested wearing ONLY shorts increasing my chance of hypothermia, making it harder, all to raise funds and awareness for Hyperbaric Chamber Isle of man.
I have been training for this now for over 6 six months consisting of several gym sessions per week at the gym followed by 8-10 mile cross country runs.
A main focus of my training other than fitness is getting used to the cold water, I have been plunging myself into rivers, streams and the sea to adjust my body temperature Archallagan plantation, groudle and fleshwick are the main places I train.
I’ve been trying to condition myself mentally and physically for this event which in my own words “is a place where health and safety simply does not exist, without the proper preparation you simply wouldn’t make it to the finish in once piece”
Hyperbaric therapy helps aleviate symptoms of many conditions by delivering oxygen under pressure in high concentration to injured areas of the body stimulating growth of new blood vessels and speeding recovery of many conditions from traumatic injuries to Lymphoedema & everything in between.
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