THE STORY: Early in the morning on August 14, 2011, five women set forth to climb a mountain. And climb it, they did. 3.2 miles, 12 obstacles, mud, sweat, a live band, a viking hat, a medal, a tshirt, a beer, and a turkey leg later, they all had a FANTASTIC time. And can’t wait to do it again! NEXT year, all of us will RUN it instead of several of them hanging way back waiting for me (which incidentally, I do love them for).
THE RESULTS: I finished 7927/8177 racers that day, overall. I finished 417/443 (including 4 who started but didn’t finish) in women aged 35-39. The fifth of our group (a new friend to 3 of us) raced it for time and did the course in 36 minutes! The winner was a 21-yo guy and did it in 25 minutes. The oldest was a 72-yo man who did it in just about an hour. I did it in 1 hour, 26 minutes. I had to stop several times on the first uphill up the mountain, it was just relentless and my couple times up hills around here was NOT cutting it. OK, the fact that I only ran 2 times in the month before the race didn’t help, either. But, I digress – this post is about the race, not about my plan for the next year.
THE COURSE: 3.2 miles- about a mile up the mountain before you hit the first obstacle, then a mile back and forth across it (slightly up and down it) with a few more of the obstacles, and a mile down it with the rest of them:
1. Barricade breakdown – walls to go over, barbed wire to go under.
2. Road rage – tires on the ground, parked cars to get over.
3. Teetering traverse – balance beams that incline up and down.
4. Deadweight drifter – rappel down a mud bank into chest high water and make it over 4 floating logs.
5. Cliffhanger – into a knee-deep mud hole, then climb up a ramp with ropes to hold onto.
6. Deadman’s drop – scale a 10-foot slatted wall, then over the top and slide drop down the other side.
7. Rubber ricochet – run through a jungle of suspended tires.
8. Cargo climb – up, over and down a 20-foot cargo net wall.
9. Chaotic crossover – crawl across a horizontal cargo net floor.
10. Petrifying plunge – a grown up Slip N Slide!
11. Warrior roast – jump over 2 sets of flames.
12. Muddy mayhem – into another mud pit, one last crawl under barbed wire.
…and over a couple fires. Everyone else seems to love this first picture, I think my arms look spazzy. I guess pretty isn’t what I was going for though, so I’ll take it – after 3 miles of a course like that, I guess I look pretty good.
I did it!!
It was pretty crazy. And pretty awesome. And I’m totally doing it again, and plan on doing it in under an hour next year.
….just a little……with our cat. God help any dog we might wind up adopting.