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Conquering Urban Mudder in NYC. The kid does it again!

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This was much harder than it looks! Head Rush was one of the first obstacles. Time to get wet!

In the words of Rocky Balboa- “It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward.”

“That’s how winning is done!”

Each year now I put myself through one of these mud runs and obstacle course races. Whether it’s a Warrior Dash, Tough Mudder, Urban Mudder, etc. 3 miles, 12 miles, 5 miles. Each year I end up a bit bruised, battered, bloodied, and scraped up. I do it for a cause. To give something back. Anything.

They say it’s a young man’s game. I’m probably one of the older dudes out there on event day. I don’t let it defeat me. Maybe I’m crazy. Why do I put myself through this pain? Because I can. Because I won’t ever give up. Life is too much fun, and too short, to sit on a couch and watch it all go by. Even if what I do makes a tiny bit of difference in someone’s life it’s all worth it to me. It’s worth the aches and pains my body feels after these races. Plus, I will admit I do enjoy the feeling of accomplishment when I cross that finish line.

I recruited my bud Francisco to get out there with me for his first OCR and we conquered the first ever Urban Mudder NYC in 2015! It was a terrific day and experience. Even with a sunny hot 88 degree day out we crushed it. Boom!

We want to thank all those who offered their support and donations. You rock! We were one of the top 5 fundraising teams for the Make A Wish charity with over $3400! The Make A Wish Foundation was very grateful for our efforts. In total they raised over $40,000 with Urban Mudder. Again, thank you all who helped support us with this cause. Continue reading Conquering Urban Mudder in NYC. The kid does it again!

Urban Mudder NYC tomorrow and Make A Wish charity!

 

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We get to play Batman on this one! Photo Credit – Urban Mudder!

I can’t believe it’s going to happen tomorrow!

That is, of course, me making a fool of myself again for a good cause. Miles of running broken up by jumping, climbing, crawling, and hanging over and through a dozen or so obstacles created by a bunch of evil madmen.

Seems like I just can’t give up doing stupid stuff to my body and putting it through some sort of hellish physical ordeal each year now. After my experiences these past few years completing a Warrior Dash and a Tough Mudder you would think I’m pretty well versed with obstacle course and mud runs by now. I thought I was. Here I am entered to participate in an Urban Mudder happening right here in NYC on July 25th and I still feel all anxious and nervous a bit! I have been hitting the gym and getting my running game in gear these past few months. Funny thing is I normally hated running, but after going out to jog 5K’s multiple times a week I think I am actually starting to enjoy it after all these years. Shudder the thought, right? Continue reading Urban Mudder NYC tomorrow and Make A Wish charity!

I’m at it again! Make A Wish & Urban Mudder in NYC July 25!

 

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The kid just can’t stop himself.

Seems like I just can’t give up doing stupid stuff to my body and putting it through some sort of hellish physical ordeal each year now. Well, after I swore off doing these obstacle course and mud runs after a Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder I am now entered to participate in an Urban Mudder happening right here in NYC on July 25th!

Yup, throwing caution to the wind I am participating in the Urban Mudder in NYC at Randall’s Island and running this for charity. Very cool that it’s right in my own backyard playground. The charity I chose is the terrific Make A Wish foundation. I hope that you can support me as I put my body on the line again, and it doesn’t matter how big or small a donation you can make. It all helps support this wonderful organization’s efforts. After all, it’s for the kids!

From the folks that brought us Tough Mudder –

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“The city that never sleeps has another reason to keep moving. We’re taking over Randall’s Island on July 25th with brand new, innovative obstacles, music on course, and an all-day festival. This is not your climb a net, do a burpee BS. Up until now, the only way to experience obstacles of this size, scale and pure awesomeness was at a Tough Mudder. Now you have them right here in NYC. Course details – About 5 miles, 12-15 obstacles, 3 water stations.” Sounds like a great time! I am already in training for this with my gym workouts, and now that the arctic weather and ice covered roads have melted away my running regimen will begin. Yeah, I have a love/hate relationship with running but it needs to be done. Time to man up and put away my skirt again. Link to the NYC event page to see what it’s all about – http://urbanmudder.com/events/2015-new-york

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Urban Mudder is honored to support Make-A-Wish® in granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. A Make-A-Wish experience can help kids cope with – or even overcome – their illnesses. At every Urban Mudder, participants will have the opportunity to raise funds for local wish kids. Urban Mudder doesn’t just create life-changing experiences for participants – it helps create life-changing experience for wish kids. http://wish.org/

Here is the link to my donation page. Any amount will be greatly appreciated to help support such a fine cause!

https://www.crowdrise.com/Philip-Holtberg—Urban-Mudder-New-York-2016/fundraiser/philipholtberg

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Again, thanks to all who have supported me in the past, and to those who support my future efforts here with this event. You all rock!

 

 

 

 

New Year’s Resolutions, Frozen, Squirrels & Hangovers in NYC!

10409387_10152872711523486_9007701862672997175_nLook, I’ll be the first one to admit that it’s hard to pass up a night out on the town here in NYC. Put a booze filled cocktail in front of me along with a great steak dinner and Phil is a happy boy! I just can’t give up going out with my friends, or meeting up with them at some hot spot for a fun time. I know I have some of the “Peter Pan complex” in me. I just can’t grow up. Maybe it’s because I refuse to. I see too many people that once they hit their 30’s and 40’s they kind of give up on the things they loved along the years. Not saying that everyone needs to be hard partiers their whole life, but I kind of see the alternative as a bit boring too. I know major life events change people – relationships, marriage, children, etc – but do they have to give up on everything they did before that? The fun stuff?

I’m sitting here in my fav weekend cafe where you’ll normally find me with my computer, and on my third cup of coffee trying to shake the hangover cobwebs out of my head. Still thinking about the terrific happy hour last night in an underground lair where I drank way too much, then followed by a jaunt across town in the rain to a steakhouse to end the night with more cocktails and engaging conversation over a medium rare mouth watering filet mignon. Somehow stumbled home around 1:30 and fell into the bed. Did I drink too much last night? Maybe? Spent too much cash? That steak and sazerac cocktail was sure worth it. Do I regret not just going home, hitting the gym, then calling it a night? Hell no! Life is short and time to play is a must. Everyone deserves a cheat day now and then. Mine was last night. Back in the gym today and be good. Maybe at my age I should slow down a bit. Nah! Even though recovery takes a little longer nowadays I refuse to give in to age. You know that saying about “aging gracefully”? I call bullshit on that! There is a big difference of being older and being old. Being old conjures up images of retiring to Florida, watching the grass grow, and hitting up the seniors specials for dinner. Not me, no way. Heck, I know people around me that are already old and they are a lot younger than I am. I’ll fight it and party on until I’m dragged away kicking and screaming. Still love going out, attending heavy metal concerts, lifting weights, travelling, dancing, eating well, and enjoying everything NYC has to offer. Why stop because you get a little older?

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