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.
2015 Trifecta is 2/3 complete.
Nice cold bath
Glamor Shots! FTW!
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
What can I say about the Spartan Sprint? Just that it’s the toughest 5k+ obstacle course race that I have ever done that is under 7 miles. I will be able to compare the Spartan Races to the Tough Mudder in a few days time.
The first obstacle to the Spartan Sprint was the line to the parking lot. I had left 20 minutes earlier than I planned on and I was glad I did, but eventually would not have mattered. There was a line of cars over a mile long before entering the parking lot. It gave me a little time to relax and let the nervousness settle a bit. Once I got my parking pass and parking spot all situated, I made my way to the waiver area. What I didn’t know was, there were two waivers, the standard white waiver for the Spartan Race and a green waiver for NBC to film you. Needless to day, I had to wait in the packet pickup line twice. Thanks green waiver. Continue reading 2014 Pacific Northwest Spartan Sprint
This is the race I have been waiting for and dreading. 11+ miles of wicked Monterey hills and 25+ obstacles that would push me to my limits and beyond. A few days before the race, I started to get the nervous feeling in my gut. The longest I have ever run at one time was 10 miles and that was only 7 days before the Beast. I knew that I would be able to do the running/jogging part as its not straight 11+ miles thanks to the obstacles. I packed all of my obstacle race gear and a few changes of clothing and readied myself for a trip to sunny California. Two hours of flying and a hour and a half car ride later we arrived at the hotel that was 15 or so minutes away form the race.
The night before the race, my sleep was not very good. I woke up multiple times due to noise and possibly nerves. We found out when we were leaving that the water heating system was recently tuned and we were lucky to hear swishing noises all night in a pattern. Yay. Continue reading The Trials and Trails of the Monterey Spartan Beast 2014