This past Saturday was the Super Spartan race in Vernon, NJ. It was the 8 mile obstacle course race that I signed up for a few months ago after a nudge from some of my Shaolin Killa Beez teammates. Truth be told, I am a slave to race peer pressure. I knew it would be a tough day because my BFF (since we were 5 had already scheduled her birthday festivities for that afternoon. However, I thought I could make it work.
Of course, that included an obstacle course of logistics to handle before the race even started. I dropped off my kids at my mom's house (in the opposite direction and over a bridge) at an ungodly hour of the morning. After grabbing a bagel with peanut butter, I headed back over the bridge to carpool with my teammate Tara. The ride itself was about an hour and a half to Vernon, NJ and we talked the whole way about how difficult the race would be and the rumored additional miles added to the course.
|And then we looked up (gasp)|
|Meeting up with the team|
After the jump, guess where we went? Back uphill! And some point when we couldn't walk up any higher, we had to climb up a steep mountain. There were literally rocks rolling off as you went up and once you got to the top, you were greeted by a cinder block on a chain which you had to carry uphill. It was like walking a pet rock... in hell!
We had a bunch more fun obstacles (like 30) including walls to climb over, a lake to swim across and under, a traverse to climb (over a swampy lake), and some others that I've mentally blocked out. About two thirds into the race (not that we had any idea how far we'd come or how far we still had to go), we started to descend for good. By this point, we were physically and mentally exhausted. It was so exciting when we emerged to the final obstacles. There was spear throw, which is nearly impossible and should be called "just do burpees", the rope climb, the crawl under barbed wire (which went on forever), jumping over fire, and then the gladiator (who was pretty easy on the chicks).
|Me in the wet muddy ropes 5 hours later|
|Spear throw aka Do Burpees dammit|
|Can I make this my driver's license picture? Hi, I'm bad ass and still smiling.|
|Teammates Billy and Janet - that's love, they are married|
|Me and Tara delirious at the finish line|
|Happy birthday Suzie!|
I am already registered for the Spartan Sprint in June 2013. It's the 3 mile version of bad ass. I know you are tempted. Go for it! ;)