One of my favorite Oscar Wilde quotes, that all too often applies to me.
I really thought that I was done with the obstacle race scene and was going to venture into triathlons and maybe adventure racing, but now that I have friends who are actually doing them, and it looked like I was going to be in or close to several of the cities where they were being held, I figured, why not? And why not save some money and get the Season Pass?
One more reason to get serious about getting back in to shape.
Go Big or Go Home
Unfortunately, the first race is less than a month away and it's not the Sparta Sprint, which is around 3 miles with around 15 obstacles. I would totally be up for that, but no, the first race of the season which is in Southern California which is where I'll be, is a Super Spartan, 8+ miles and 20 or more obstacles.
Since the race will be on both Saturday and Sunday, I signed up for both days.
"Obstacle Racing at its Toughest!You thought mud runs and trail races were tough? Spartan Race™, the global leader in Obstacle Racing since 2005, was designed by seven insane ultra athletes and a Royal Marine. If you have tried trail races, mud runs, tough mudder runs, or a warrior dash, it's time to step up to a brutal Spartan Race obstacle course. You can tackle a Spartan Sprint, a Super Spartan, maybe even attempt a brutal Spartan Beast, but only a few of you will have the heart to graduate up to our Death Race; the world championship of obstacle racing, and an endurance race like NO other. Are you unbreakable?
Why Spartan? Because the Spartans were tough as nails. Why race our obstacle course races? Because we all thrive under pressure, survival of the fittest. Our goal is simple... to get you off your couch, throw you in the mud & trails, and feed you one tough endurance event day that will be the adrenalin rush of your life.
An obstacle course race is designed to test your resilience, strength, stamina, quick decision making skills, and ability to laugh in the face of adversity. We want to own obstacle racing and our unique obstacle course trail races will demand every ounce of your strength, ingenuity, and animal instinct." from their website.
I'd done a few Mud Runs, a couple of Tough Mudders and a Warrior Dash, before I did my first Spartan Race, so I knew pretty much what to expect.
Until I turned my ankle in the first mile. It wasn't broken but it was definitely badly turned and I probably should have just stopped and not risked making it worse.
So I gimped and limped and hobbled up and down trails and obstacles for the next couple of miles until I finally crossed the finish line and made my way to the first aid tent.
That was my first Spartan Race.
I still had a good time and ended up winning a photo contest for worst injury of the day.
My next time out was a Super Sparta on a cold, windy, rainy day, which didn't bother me so much, put it was the first time Cindy had come to cheer me on at one of these events and well, it's not very spectator friendly to begin with, except the people watching and the after-party, both of which were seriously dampened by the weather.
I was able to convince Skye into joining me on the last Sparta I participated in because a bunch of the people from X3 Sports the gym we were going to in Atlanta were running it as well.
It was pretty tough for Skye, she was 13 at the time and age cut-off was 14. She still has a slight scar on her back from the barbed wire over the mud crawl.
But when she was finished she was so proud of her accomplishment.
You can imagine how she felt, when after being away from Atlanta and X3 Sports for several months, we get back and there was the photo we were in up on the Competition Center white-board, for all to see.
Hopefully when Sparta gets to Atlanta in 2013, we'll be able to get some of our friends to join us to get a little muddy.
In the meantime, I've got my work cut out for me.