|The sun rising over Spartan village before the race...|
|Midwest Vikings Volunteer Crew|
|Umber and I helping with registration|
|Pre-race with Umber & Sam|
The obstacles. Well, this race definitely lived up to its name because there were a few of the hardest challenges I've faced to date. I keep saying I need to work on my upper body strength, but seriously, I'm a total sissy on a few of these. For those of you who may not be familiar with the Spartan Race series, there is a 30 burpee penalty for any missed obstacle. Its important to note that for some obstacles you only get one chance to get it right. One example is the spear throw. Out of our entire group, Freddie was the only one who got it on the first try. We all took our burpee penalty as he watched then we kept on going.
|Coming soon to the Spartan Race Calendar hahaha|
|Yes, I swam through this|
|...and then climbed out of this|
|I believe I can fly!!!|
For me, these races are all about pushing yourself as far as you can go. They challenge you both physically and mentally. Finishing this race with a smile is truly a testament to your will power and also threshold for mud. While many of the obstacles are difficult for someone of my short stature, I don't let that defeat me. I often have to find creative ways to make the race work for me. My goal for next year is to finally earn my Spartan Trifecta (finishing the Sprint, Super and Beast distance races all in one calendar year).
I loved this race so much that I want one of you to have the chance to also try it out. I'll be giving away one entry to an open heat (non-confirmed start time) in any Spartan Race in the continental US. They have a Sprint distance coming up Nov 1st in Milwaukee at Miller Park (I'll be there!) and also a Beast in Dallas, Sprint in Mississippi and many more. Leave a comment with what your race goals are and I'll pick one lucky winner to become a Spartan. Aroo!!!