Meet the Mudder (part 4)
Last, but certainly not least is Andrew Rumfelt; The Punisher! Apparently, he concocts some of the most insane workouts you can imagine…for fun. I’ve met these guys in person, and Andrew can be a little intimidating. Don’t get me wrong. He was really nice, but let’s just say you wouldn’t want to do anything to upset him in a dark alley. Here’s what he has to say about his story…
“Hello, my name is Andrew Rumfelt. I am 35 years old, a husband and father of 3. I am a corporate pilot for Jet Aviation Flight Services; a General Dynamics Company.
I grew up in a Christian home and at the age of 16 decided to follow Christ and was baptized. It was a genuine decision. I however let the world and my young age influence my decision making process for a few more years. After graduating high school I attended Hesston College in Kansas. Having grown up in a nondenominational church, my theology and understanding of the Bible were challenged at Hesston College, which required Biblical study classes. I became confused about the diverse theological stands denominations take on the same issues. I continued to go to class because I needed the credits and I stopped going to church all together. I realized the only way to know the truth was to study the Bible on my own. It was slow at first, but each night before I went to bed I would open my Bible and pray; asking the Holy Spirit to guide my understanding and to lead me into truth. I told God that if He would teach me truth I would study. It started off with chapters and then books of the Bible each day. It was a fire that was lit deep inside of me that just kept growing. However, even with my growing understanding and desire for truth I made a few more wrong choices over the next couple years which brought me to the lowest point in my life. In July of 1999, I meet Christ and He changed my life forever. He set the whole course of my life on fire and has called me to things I never imagined.
I wrestled in high school and always enjoyed strength training, which I continued through college. After graduating from Indiana State and starting my career as a corporate pilot I took a few years off of working out. At the age of 25 God impressed upon me that I needed to stay in shape for His purposes and mine. I began strength training again along with limited cardio. Usually 30 – 45 minutes a day of cardio and roughly an hour of strength training 5 – 6 days a week. Two years ago I was asked by the pastoral staff at Grace Community Church (where my family and I attend) to run my first Tough Mudder with them. I was already in pretty good shape, but I was in no way ready to run the required 12 miles. I normally did 4 – 6 miles. So, I called a friend of mine at Vital Force International and asked him how I should train for an event of this nature. Much to my disappointment, something I already understood, was that I need to increase my running and cardio endurance. We ran the event in the Bad Lands Off Road Park in Indiana. It went pretty well but I didn’t think I would run another one. However, when I was asked to join my current team in order to qualify for the World’s Toughest Mudder I said “yes”, not really realizing that would mean I would actually have to do the World’s Toughest Mudder. But after qualifying in the top 5% in the Kentucky Mudder last year, here we go!
I can’t stress enough how important it is to have the right nutrition and Chiropractic services like those offered at Community Chiropractic and Wellness Center to help you get through the pain of training and pushing your body to its absolute max. Regular adjustments, stretching, and nutrition supplements help me keep going strong day in and day out. With God and some wise physical choices, I have no doubt our team will complete the World’s Toughest Mudder this November. ”