In October 2017, 29-year-old Thomas Suttie was in a hospital ICU ward, learning to walk again after setbacks following a bilateral lung transplant.
Just 12 months later, the Queenslader entered the Tough Mudder Book of Legends, when he and best mate Jordan road-tripped to Sydney to tackle Tough Mudder for the first time.
“We’d always planned to do Tough Mudder and started talking about it about a decade ago but I just got too sick to do it,” Thomas, who has cystic fibrosis, said.
“I had a really complicated surgery, a lot of things went wrong and I only started learning to walk again 12 months before we took on Tough Mudder.”
“My main goal was just being able to finish, but when we hit the course, nothing seemed impossible.
“I’ll admit though, it was a lot muddier than I was expecting!”
Living proof that the only obstacle is yourself, Jordan’s epic story attests there is no barrier to taking on the world’s filthiest and funnest adult obstacle course.
His advice for Mudder Virgins preparing to take the challenge in 2019? “Just give everything a go. There’s nothing that’s super hard – you’ll be surprised at what you can do.”