What can I say about the Seattle Super Spartan Race other than it was brutal. There were a few new obstacles, which are always fun to try Twister and double sandbag carry and old favorites (not really) The Rig, spear throw, rope climb, bucket brigade, Olympus and so on.
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.
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).
Temecula, CA at Vail Lake. This was my second Spartan Beast race and much like the first beast, the views were amazing. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
This Spartan Beast was a make up for the Beast at the same location last September, when the shade was 117 degrees. Thankfully I was not there for that hell beast, but I was glad there was a beast at this time. I had already planned to be in the area for the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland, so it was good to also get part of my Spartan Trifecta taken care of earlier in the year as well. Training for my “Marathon Weekend” was going very well, until I tweaked my left calf a week before the Beast. I wasn’t too happy, but what is life without a few roadblocks, right? (At the time I was not this chipper about it.) Continue reading 2015 SoCal Spartan Beast→
For 2014 I had a few goals, become a member of the Spartan Trifecta (complete a Spartan Sprint, Super and Beast in the same calendar year) and complete a half Marathon. I completed both of those goals in 2014, which helped me get into the best shape of my life and I did obstacles that I never thought I would be able to do. Continue reading 2014 Goals Revisited and Looking forward to 2015→
It’s official, the Seattle Super is happening this year and it will be on October 17th in Snohomish, WA and the Washougal Sprint is on August 8th. Now to find a Beast race that I can do so I can complete my 2015 trifecta.
Mt quest to become a member of the Spartan Trifecta Tribe has taken me from the West Coast to the East Coast to participate in the Ohio Super Spartan. This location was rather unique as Spartan Race gave the option for racers to sign up to do a single day trifecta run, by racing in the Beast, Super and Sprint legs in a single day. Due to the terrain being mostly flat, the race distances were extended. We can’t have easy Spartan Races can we? No. Easy is not an option.
I had planned to run the Super and then the Sprint on the same day. I flew across the nation, might as well make the best of it and run two races. Walking up to the race, through the sea of cars there was a nice fire that was started near the entrance to the Spartan Race plaza that was much appreciated as it was a rather cold day. I had checked the weather a few days prior and it was forecasted to be in the mid fifties and raining. That’s not what happened as the day was a little cloudy and in the mid forties. As long as I kept moving, I would be fine.