REAL MAN, REAL MUSTACHE

So, I was at the Philly Tough Mudder last weekend. Me and a fellow Lords of Coventry team member were being interviewed by a local television crew about our team and the event. We were standing by the bag drop area and I saw a guy that caught my eye. Little did I know that a day later I wouldn’t stop thinking about him and now I am compelled to write about this unknown stud.

I’m guessing he had to be somewhere in his 50’s. He was all by himself. He was wearing a tie-dyed Tshirt and had a thick and neatly trimmed mustache. All around him were Mudders preparing, laughing, putting on sunscreen, and getting excited about their run. Here was this guy, all by himself, silently getting ready to move out. He didn’t strike me as an athletic specimen, but then again, that can be deceiving.

Most importantly was that his mustache was on point. He certainly wasn’t a Hipster and I’m sure he didn’t grow his stache to be “ironic”. He wasn’t wearing a shirt that said “MUDstache” or “Team Porn Staches”. This guy was the real deal.

We finished our interview with the TV crew and I didn’t see the mysterious mustacheman again until around 6 miles into the run, just before the Berlin Walls. He was hitting a nice jog and didn’t look like he was hurting all that much. Just movin’ along. We got to the walls and I was helping my teammates over. I noticed that he was attempting to get over the walls by trying to scale the supports on the sides. No one was helping him and he slipped and landed on his feet. He muttered to himself, “That’s not gonna work.” I continued to help the rest of my teammates and I eventually noticed that he got over the wall. I’m not sure how, I didn’t see.

And that’s the last I saw of him.

What sticks with me about this man is that he is an older guy that is out there getting shit done. He didn’t need to be part of a wacky team or (as far as I can tell) family support of any kind. He wasn’t part of a Spartan, Mudder, or GoRuck clique. He obviously could give a shit about your race day fashion and ridiculous manscaping. Also, I’m willing to bet that he isn’t part of the social media craze. I highly doubt that he blogs, Facebook’s, Instagram’s, Tweet’s, and all that other BS. He will probably never read this. I’m guessing he just went home afterwards, showered up with a bar of Irish Spring, grabbed a beer and watched the Yankees vs. Red Sox game on Sunday Night Baseball all by himself.

Which poses the question that I started to ask myself; If I couldn’t tell people about all the crazy mud runs and races I do, would I still do them? Just imagine a world where you couldn’t let the world know how badass you are or how many orange headbands you earned. You sweated, suffered, and bled in silence and had nobody after the finish line telling you what a good job you did or how awesome and crazy you are. Would you still do it? Don’t answer that quickly. Really give it some thought.

That is why this guy inspires me so much. I’d like to think that even if this MustacheMan Training blog goes away and nobody knows who I am one day, I’d still be out there like this mysterious, and TRUE MustacheMan. Just DOIN’.

Thanks for reading.

 

11 Responses to “REAL MAN, REAL MUSTACHE”

  1. Terri June 3, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    Beautifully written, thoughtful and inspirational. I don’t have many chances to read, well anything lately, but I’m so glad I did.

  2. Eric June 3, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    Oh he’s on FB! I just told him he’s an icon now after making the MM blog!

    His name is Greg Price:

    https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/photo.php?fbid=10151687343857790&set=a.10151687328607790.1073741855.121520047789&type=3&theater

  3. Ryan June 3, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    Hey, I helped that guy up Everest. Took a few tries but we got him up. “He just said, “hmmm. Shoulda done that the first time…Thanks!”. I remember him too because he got there, tried and slipped the first time. Then a ton of people flooded the place, and we patiently waited for it to empty out then tried again. Like you, I noted that he was all alone…..and you can’t miss the shirt.

    • Ryan June 3, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

      I should say “we”. I wasn’t sure if my teammate was the one that helped me with him or not but he said he remembered him too. 🙂

      • Jennifer June 4, 2013 at 3:05 am #

        I saw this moment in action and was lucky enough to catch it in a pic. I say “lucky” because it literally brought tears to my eyes when I found myself watching him, silently cheering him on after he wasn’t successful the first two times, but saw you guys encouraging him from afar, gesturing to him “you’re gonna do it this time, we gotcha”. He did. You guys did. Well done!

  4. Peter Kruvczuk June 3, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

    To answer your question, Andy, I absolutely would. When you’re passionate about something you will do it. Sometimes you only need to brag to yourself or just do it for yourself. I’ve gone on solo road trips across country all by my lonesome to go to one specific place to get some things that would be meaningless to others but I needed it for me, for closure, because it mattered to me. I’m never going to stop doing these mud runs and crazy adventures. I made a huge change in my life right around the time the mud run craze hit 3 years ago, and it has helped me so much and become a gigantic part of my life. Good blog bro.

  5. Ryan June 6, 2013 at 3:10 am #

    Not to steal Greg’s thunder but I had the pleasure of “meeting” and shaking your hand in person, Andy. I ran into you on Saturday at the Warrior Carry. You were taking pics. Awesome meeting you sir. You are an inspiration. Keep on muddin’!!!!

  6. Jack June 11, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    For this tough mudder (running my second one in Oregon on Saturday) I didn’t really tell anyone about it. I haven’t told people at work, I didn’t tweet about it or put it on Facebook. A couple of my friends and family know because it has come in conversation. It wasn’t even a conscious decision, I wasn’t trying to keep it a secret, in fact I didn’t even really notice it until I read this article.

    Now I’m trying to figure out why I kept it on the downlow.

    There is so much self promotion these days. It seems like people do things just so they can get positive feedback on Facebook or imaginary points on Reddit. The reason I don’t like it is I find myself falling into this train of thought as well. I’m thinking “Oh these are awesome seats, I better tweet it so everyone else can see how awesome seats,” instead of being in the moment and enjoying the game.

    I like this train of thought though, “If know one knew I did this, would I still do it?” I guess for me, I’ll find out on Saturday (assuming I finish lol).

  7. Jordan July 16, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    I am doing my first TM in September. I am not in the best shape but I am getting there. I just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration that you have provided me. I have put exercise in my daily routine and my life has improved greatly. Thanks Mustache Man!

    • Mustacheman July 17, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

      You got it, Jordan! Good luck and let me know how it goes!

  8. Kane March 28, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    wow thats pretty inspiring. I’m having to do a TM this year alone and i’ve been wondering how much harder it could be but this has made me feel a load more confident
    Nice work Greg Price and Mustache Man

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