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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 1B RE GI 0 NAL Karen Rhodes drops into muddy water for a quick swim. It wouldn't be her only dip of the day. She also had to leap into ice-cold water for an obstacle dubbed the Arctic Enema. Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com : I oyfR1. '' _I: ,,Exhilarated.,,  "Strong. The adjectives tumble out as Karen Rhodes describes how she felt after crossing the fmish line of the Tough Mudder endurance challenge Aug. 16. The 47-year-old Quincy resident trained a full year in preparation for the Tough Mudder held Aug. 16 at Northstar in Lake Tahoe. The,ll-mile course is dotted with tests of strength and endurance. "I had so many fears," Karen said. "Can I do it? Will I get hurt?" Those questions were answered. "I'm actually strong; I'm actually braver than I thought," she said during an interview a couple of days after the event. For 12 months Karen most feared the ice-cold swim dubbed the Arctic Enema, but her least favorite part turned out to be the electric shocks. "I got hit so hard it threw me forward onto my face," Karen said of the obstacle known as Electroshock Therapy, which features a field of high-voltage wires that dangle just above the ground. "I got shocked between five and seven times." One zap to the hand hurt for two hours, but that didn't :stop Karen from holding her victory beer. "It was the best ibeer on the frickin' planet," 'she said of the traditional end ito the Tough Mudder :endurance challenge. A cold beer, headband and T-shirt are the rewards for 11 miles of running, climbing .and'facing tests of endurance and strength. Karen and the est of her team completed he course in about five ' ,hours. ' Teammates included her !aughter and son-in-law, Shawna and Michael, who live in Reno, and four of their friends. Shawna ran the Tough :Mudder last year and :encouraged her mother to do t with her this time. Side by side, mother and daughter et the challenges, which :included steep climbs, mud pits and skills requiring teamwork. The Pyramid Scheme followed the icy plunge about two-thirds of the way through the course. "It was very slippery; you couldn't climb it by yourself," Karen explained. "You had to stack up your teammates and climb up their backs." Those who faced the challenge solo had to fmd others to help make the ascent. During another obstacle, the Mud Mile, Karen relied on someone from another team to help pull her out of waist-deep mud. Karen stands 5 feet, 2 inches and her daughter an even 5 feet and both women faced height challenges at various times on the course. Women in general test their upper body strength on the course and though Karen thought her workouts, which included lots of pushups and pull-ups, would sufftce, she said she would focus even more on her upper body next time. ,. -Will there be a,next tine? "I'm not doing it again," she said. "One and done." Karen accomplished what she set out to do and now she wants to enjoy her morning workouts without the specter of an endurance challenge ever present. Karen rested for three days following the Tough Mudder See Mudder, page 16B The slippery slope of the Pyramid Scheme forces teammates to work together to climb to the top. Karen Rhodes extends her arms and is nearly to the top of the pyramid. Karen Rhodes" smile tells the story following the Tough Mudder endurance challenge held Aug. 16 in Lake Tahoe. Photos submitted As they did throtiihout the 11 miles of obstacles, mother arid daughter participate side by side. Karen Rhodes said the experience was a great bonding opportunity with her daughter, Shawna Greer. l00e ,almanor ...now featuring exquisite fine dining! Dinner Served Tues.-Sat. Starting at 4 p.m. Chef Chuck Romo , of Pioneer Saloon Home of the Brubeck Bar (from the historic Amedee Hotel) and featuring Custom Classic Cocktails Lqnd us on Facebook Wonderful ............................. Communities --- where can happen! lEA Senior Living is pleased to announce the opening We are new to Nevada, but not to providing exceptional care for those with dementia.., .. , 25+ years .of creating Meaningful Moments ........................................... 6155 Stone Valley Dr. I Reno, NV 89523 I (775) 746-2200 .............................. i r i I I r II IIHII 1 I I' I