A:Let’s break it down into steps:
Step1:Assess the obstacle before engaging; figure out its weaknesses and what elements of the barrier you can use. Are there stanchions or supports you could use to boost yourself up? Is one side easier to climb/descend/crawl through than the other?
Step2:Watch other competitors and their success or failures and take notes – it also won’t hurt your karma if you help them out and you just might get the same treatment from other competitors.
Step3:Engage the obstacle and commit to conquering it; this means you use your momentum, strength and every bit of your mental fortitude to crush that obstacle. Every wall that you half-heartedly attempt to climb is a waste of your energy as you’ll have to try again after you fail.
Step4:Didn’t tackle it? Follow steps 1-3 again, there may be a trick that you need to figure out in order to pass.
Step5:If you’ve made it to this step and you’re still not past the obstacle, then you probably didn’t take the hint in step #2 about getting good karma by helping someone else – so go do it! Follow the Dirty Rule: “Do unto other mud racers as you would have them do unto you.” If you need to ask for help, then don’t be shy. Who knows, that person may need your help on the next obstacle, maybe they’ll even write you into their will in the event of a real zombie apocalypse – you’ll never know unless you ask.
Step6:Hi… you’re still here? OK, this would be a good time to chalk this obstacle up to “I’ll get it next time” and bypass it carefully. If this is a timed event, you may have to pay a penalty like doing burpees or push-ups and at least you’re getting a good (forced) workout. As you pass, take one last look at that menacing barrier between you and immortality and vow to yourself that you will one day emerge victorious. Now, wipe that mud off your face and soldier on to the next obstacle!