The 2015 Pacific Northwest Spartan Sprint had a few firsts for me. I ran as part of an impromptu team with two other Hurricane Heat members from the previous night, so penalties could be shared. I failed the Hercules Hoist for the first time ever as the gloves I wore got more slippery when wet and the fire jump was without fire.
Since the Hurricane Heat group failed to memorize “Walking on Sunshine”, I had it playing on repeat for the entire sprint as punishment/entertainment.
The race, once again was in Washougal, WA at the Washougal MX Park. The course mad quite a few changes over last year and the race was a blast. Yes, it was hard, as this is a Spartan Race.
Boy’s aren’t supposed to cry. I heard this a lot when I was growing up. Hide your feelings is another way of putting it. That’s what I did when I was in middle school through college. No, that’s a lie, I still hide some feelings, but I am way more open now than I used to be. I also put a lot of weight into what other people thought of me, more than what I thought of myself. Now, I know that way of thinking was very damaging to myself in many ways, socially, mentally and physically.
I held my emotions in until I exploded. I remember coming home from middle(?) school one day and writing “I am stupid” tens of times in a single sheet of 8.5×11 single lined paper. I don’t recall the reason why, but I have to assume I thought that “I was stupid”. After that I started to go to therapy every week for a number of months. I can only remover a handful of things that happened, taking an IQ test and forgetting what the Eiffel Tower was called, even though I knew the location and going to the comic store afterwards to get Usagi Yojimbo and TMNT comics. Continue reading Mental Health→
The gear list for HH-073 said to arrive by 5:15pm for a 6:00pm start. They key here is the be here by 5:15. We started off with Tony telling us to line up in alphabetical order by first name at about 5:30pm. After we were in line, he said, “Now by last name.” We switched and moved to line up by last name. Our wavers were taken and we were told to go to the firewood near the end of the Spartan Race’s Sprint’s finish line. This was about 5:45pm. The 6:00pm start was a misdirection, as we really started at the line up at 5:30. That set the tone for the Hurricane Heat, expect the unexpected and think outside the box. Continue reading Spartan Race Hurricane Heat HH-073→
This morning I received the Mandatory Items list for the upcoming Hurricane Heat, HH-073, this weekend. Out of the required items, I have to pick up 10lbs of canned goods and a sharpie (the one I have isn’t waterproof). I still have yet to get the butterflies, but I’m sure they will hit Friday morning.
Now I just need to memorize the following…
I will always place the mission first.
I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen comrade.
My first entry into Spartan Race’s Hurricane Heat is two weeks out and I am a little nervous and excited at the same time. This will be my biggest challenge to date. I think this will test me more than the Spartan Beast as I am able to go at my own pace and don’t have to worry about teammates (as no one wants to SPARTAN UP with me).
My training for the longer races near the end of the year continues. I’ve added a camelbak HAWG to my training gear and when I run I have 10lbs added to the backpack. Soon I will add in 5 additional pounds and continue to add in 5 pounds every week until I hit 40 pounds. That should get my legs, core and back ready for the hurricane heat in early August.
I received the following email from the WIPEOUT Run people this morning…
Dear Portland WIPEOUTRUNNERS,
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are canceling the upcoming WIPEOUTRUN on July 11 at Clark County Events Center. You have the option to transfer your entry to the Seattle WIPEOUTRUN on July 18 at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup. If you do not choose this option you will receive a full refund for entry, fees, and additional items.
Unfortunately, I cannot do the Seattle run because of prior commitments. Bummer, this run looked fun. Hopefully the wipeout run portland will be back next year.
In my last 4 races, I have ran with a strained calf. 3 I knew about before hand, and the final one I strained it within the first mile (The Freeze). Since I do not want to continue the trend, I’m taking a month of off running. *sigh*
I know the creators of The Freeze were hoping for terrible (i.e. freezing) weather and the day started out that was at 32 degrees F, which IS freezing. Unfortunately, by the time I had finished the race, the temperature was in the upper sixties. Not exactly what The Freeze organizers were looking for. Fortunately for them, weather was out of their control, but the race was not.
For the inaugural The Freeze, the competitive heats started at 9 with the open heats starting at 10. I arrived around 9:50 and there were a number of people who were ready to start the race. I will still getting on my gear when the load speakers stated that the next wave of people would be leaving in 5 minutes. I still have to warm up and stretch, so I knew I was not going in this next wave. By the time I was ready to go, the first finishers of the competitive wave were starting to cross the finish line. The top finishers completed the race at a little over 55 minutes. I know I’m not fast, so I gave myself an hour and a half to finish the course. Continue reading The Freeze→