Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


October 21, 2012

Tough enough for Tough Mudder



“You just have to mentally push through the uncomfortable. I didn’t feel like it was that cardio-tasking, but you have to prepare to be uncomfortable,” he said.  “We made it through relatively unscathed. There were a lot of places there that you could get into trouble.”

Ger Sasser, 22, of Russell, participated with a team of eight including trainers and members of Crossfit Countdown, the Ashland gym he owns.

“It was harder than I expected it to be,” said Sasser, “The team made it possible. I would never do it by myself. It’s a unique aspect of the event. It requires team camaraderie to overcome obstacles. There were probably a couple of obstacles that I wouldn’t have gone over personally, if other people hadn’t pushed me in that direction. The team bravery, you feed off it.

“The electric eel,” he offered as an example, “I didn’t want to do it at all and neither did Mike Stanley. Then the girls went through and I looked down and said, ‘They are going to call us (names)…’ It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.”.

“The team is what keeps pushing you. When you think you can’t possibly go any further or hike another hill, you have a team there, saying ‘you can do this.’ So, of course you are going to do it because you don’t want to let them down,” added Stacy Brock of Boyd County, Sasser’s teammate. “If it wasn’t for the team there was no way I could have done it.”

Navigating down the course’s steep muddy hills were some of the hardest, but most fun obstacles, Brock said. “Cheree (Davis) was in front of me every time and we’d bump into each other and slide the rest of the way. At one point we had a 10-body pileup. People behind us kept crashing into us and we were all laughing. We just couldn’t help it.”

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