The eastern water dragon has much in common with the mud run maniac. He can be found in forests, grasslands, woodlands and urban-area park lands. He spends most of his free time near rivers, creeks, or lakes and is so well-adapted to water and muck that he can remain submerged in the stuff for over an hour. Aside from his obvious lizard qualities, the eastern water dragon trumps maniacs of mud in one major category…scaling, and I’m not talking about his seasonal skin shedding. The eastern water dragon has the very natural ability to climb trees and scale tall objects. His long claws act as the perfect climbing tool, while his years of adaptability have made him an expert in this field.
To get proficient at yanking ourselves up and over a wall, fence, cargo net or atop a platform or hill, it comes down to one thing – practice.
Enter the Dragon.
For the mud run maniac, scaling may not come so easy. We lack the claws and frankly, we’re a lot heavier. To get proficient at yanking ourselves up and over a wall, fence, cargo net or atop a platform or hill, it comes down to one thing – practice. So the mud run training mantra continues…simulate your conditions. Get used to the art of climbing and practice scaling.
TOTW: Practice Scaling
When it comes to scaling, focus on your hand placement and be sure to get a good grip before you start to pull yourself up. Foot placement is just as important and you might find that bulky running sneakers may hinder your ability to climb. Minimalist shoes really make scaling a bit easier (and more fun!)
- Find a park, field, tennis court, etc. that has a decent-sized fence.
- Reach high and grab a hold of the fence.
- Climb up by placing your hands and feet in the holes in the fence.
- After you reach the top, carefully climb back down.
- Leap off when you are a safe distance from the ground and repeat.
- Practice scaling with a mud run partner who can spot you as you climb.
- Inspect your practice fence for structural integrity. Do not practice scaling on flimsy fence.
- Fences are often sharp, sticky, rusty – you name it – so be sure to wear gloves.
- It’s easier to scale a fence in a crouched position, rather than a fully extended one.
- Don’t try to hop over to the other side on your first try; instead, get comfortable scaling up and down on one side of the fence.
- Use extreme caution as you approach the top of the fence, as many will have sharp edges at the top.
- Avoid “scaling” in the evening, as you may look suspicious and/or startle onlookers.
Mud Run Maniac wants to know what you think!
How do you practice scaling? Would you rather scale a wall or fence on your own or with the assistance of a fellow mud runner? What other topics or exercises would you like to see featured in TOTW? Please no spam-mongers. Happy mudding!