Well sort of....One of the downsides of some of the Spartan events I've been to in the past, has been how far one has to hike to the event after parking.
I understand that sometimes this is unavoidable and I really don't mind walking a bit, although after finishing any race of difficulty it can be a bit taxing.
This one however took the cake. It was a 30 minute bus shuttle from the parking lot to where the race was, which if I hadn't over-packed my duffle wouldn't have been a big deal and honestly, even then it wasn't. Still...
Everyone was excited and the energy was contagious, which was good because I had not trained much at all and had been in road trip mode for quite some time, which does not prepare you in anyway for an obstacle course race the length of a half-marathon with brutal ascents and descents.
I had two goals to finish and to not get injured.
I've done several of the Spartan races.
In fact, this year I bought a season pass because it seemed I would be able to make it to more than a couple of them.
I started the year doing the Super Spartan twice, back to back, on a Saturday and Sunday. That race is between 8-10 miles.
Skye and I did the Spartan Sprint which is around 3 miles.
But I hadn't conquered the Beast yet, over 12 miles long and full of obstacles, the toughest being the ridiculous hill climbs which don't even count as "obstacles" except the "Mile High Climb" which is exactly what it sounds like, 1 mile of uphill, steep uphill.
There were over 3700 people that finished the race, so coming in 720 is pretty good, 644 out of the 2700 men who ran and then coming in 30 out of 128 in my age/gender group, not so bad.
And no significant injuries.
I bruised my heel coming off one of the walls, had a few nicks and cuts. I was badly dehydrated by the end of it and was on the verge of significant cramping, but all in all, I fared much better than expected.
I made it across the climb wall which has been a challenge in the past as well as the rope climb. I credit the Vibram Five-Fingers for both of these feats. So there would be no penalty burpees for me.
Spartan Trifecta accomplished, now onto the Burning Man 50K.
But first we would have a lot of road-trip adventures ahead of us.