Spartan Race Season Countdown

So I’ve got to admit that I’m really not feeling it this week.  The last two mornings I’ve woke up feeling like I’ve been hit by a train.  My P90X3 workouts have been dragging, 30 minutes never felt so long!  I must have a touch of something… I mean obviously I have a touch of the awesome… but maybe I have a touch of a cold as well?  Ugh man colds are the worst!  And I really had to fight off the urge to grab some donuts on the way to work this morning… but I did, so there is that.

Putting aside and pressing forward in spite of my imminent demise at the hands of the dreaded man cold, a friend of mine reminded me that we are within 100 days from our first Spartan obstacle course race of the year.  My lofty goal for 2017 is to join the Spartan Trifecta Tribe.  To do this a racer must complete 3 Spartan ORC’s in the same calendar year – 1 Sprint, 1 Super and 1 Beast.

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I’m there on the right with my teammates post Spartan Sprint last August.

The Spartan Sprint is 3-5 miles with 20+ obstacles.  This is the shortest of the races and is a great introduction to the world of OCR (that’s short for obstacle course race if you weren’t paying attention).

Next is the Spartan Super which features 25+ obstacles over an 8+ mile course.  This is a step up from the Sprint and a good measuring stick to see if you are ready to tackle the beast.

The Spartan Beast… ugh.  Over 12 miles of mountain terrain and 30+ obstacles make up the appropriately named Beast.  I’m pretty excited for this one (and by “excited” I of course mean “sh!tt!ng my pants just a little bit”)!

So that’s it… just knock out those three races in a calendar year and you’ve earned your Trifecta!  Seems easy enough from the comfort of my chair as I scroll through their website.  There are not a lot of options near me so I cannot be super selective on where and when I will race.  My plan is to complete the Super and Sprint in May at Ft. Carson, Colorado.  I’ll run the Super on Saturday and then turn around and run the Sprint on Sunday.  Then in August I will run the Beast in Breckenridge, CO.

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Carrying a bucket of rocks up a mountain… then carrying it back to down and dumping it out… because that is what you do in these things.

I ran my first (and only) Spartan race last August in Breckenridge.  It was a 5 mile Spartan Sprint.  I was pretty nervous about it since it was the first time that I had ever participated in an OCR.  I really trained for endurance as I was running 5-8 miles four days a week.  That race went really well, I completed all the obstacles, without burpees, and never really felt gassed at any point.  Don’t get me wrong, it most definitely was not easy, but it was not nearly as bad as I had it made out to be in my head.  The worst part came two days after the race.  We raced on Sunday, I woke up Monday expecting to feel pretty rough and I was pleasantly surprised when I realized that everything seemed to be working.  The next morning was a different story.  I got out of bed and nearly fell over as I could barely put any weight on my right calf.  That pain carried on for a few days and it was a little over a week before I was back to running.  Thinking back, I could not identify anything that I did to my calf so I’m assuming that it was just the incline running.

Overall it was a lot of fun and it kind of got me hooked.  It is a pretty awesome feeling crossing that finish line, plus you get a tee shirt and a free beer at the end!

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Here we are with our free t-shirts and free beers… the best beers are free beers FYI.

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