Spartan Sprint – Lincoln, NE
I have been dreading this day for awhile now. I couldn’t sleep last night in the hotel. Not only because it had a jacuzzi tub but also because I was so nervous for this day. Could I do this?? Could I actually make this happen?? In order to begin this story I must tell you what happened last weekend. I have been in a pretty nasty mood lately and I sat at a volleyball game all day last Saturday. Volleyball is my favorite sport of all time… So since i was in a nasty mood, i decided to start drinking.. Maybe that would help my mood. HA! I know right! So I am drinking and get this great idea that we need to play volleyball. The front yard isn’t big enough because there is a tree stump in the middle of the yard so I think “Ta Da! Let’s move to the street!” Hand Palm!!! Thinking back now, I will not be doing that again the week before a race. I jumped for a ball and turned in the middle. My left leg landed and immediately twisted my knee and ankle. I hit the ground and laughed because it was all i could do to not cry.
So here i was last Thursday, barely able to walk as it was and now i have a spartan in two more days. Was i going to be able to race or not??? Well Friday came, and we were driving out to Nebraska and I decided I can jog and do obstacles so I was going to get it done. I wake up Saturday morning at 6:00 AM CT and started getting ready. This started with a shower so I could actually wake up. We get packed and Jim realizes that we forgot towels and trash bags. Hand Palm #2!
So we hit up the Lincoln, NE Walmart and pick up towels and trash bags and continue to the Abbot Sports Complex. We pull in, good thing when you volunteer you get a free parking pass, and park almost 1/2 mile away from the enterance… Geez people. The security guard that was volunteering was being an ass. The car in front of me backed into a spot and it wasn’t the spot that the guard wanted him in and made them pull forward to the other side. I guess backing into a spot just isn’t allowed. The guy then points me to the next spot and i go to park and the person already parked next to the spot was getting out. The guard is yelling at me to pull forward and must want me to hit the person. Hand Palm #3!!!! I pull into the spot and we get ready and start towards the entrance.
I can feel my right heel rubbing on the shoe so i go a bit slower to make sure i have time to get the mole skin onto it so it won’t blister. I grab everybody’s bib numbers, write it on their waiver and we head to get our bib packet. We are now ready to find the bag check and get going. Before I can check my bag, I put on my moleskin and Sondra wraps my left ankle for me. My left knee is just going to have to deal with it, because there is no way i am going to lug that huge brace through the course with me. We grab the picture up above and check the bags and start heading towards the start line.
8:45 AM CT – “I AM SPARTAN – AROO AROO AROO!” And we are off. I start jogging and i am doing okay. It is a slow job but i am still moving. The first obstacle, wall jumps. They are about 3 1/2″ foot walls that you have to jump over, then crawl under, jump over and continue on. Ok, i got this and I am happy about that!! I couldn’t do burpees on the first obstacle. So we continue on up and down and through the woods. We go up hills and down hills and over sticks and stones. Next thing i know, we are down in the river doing high knees and having to make it to the sand bar. We hit the sand bar and then it is more up and down hills. I am actually smiling because these are not like the “Hell Hill” that Jim makes me do.
Oh did I tell you that at this time, it is approximately 40 degrees outside and the water is maybe 25 degrees? OMG It was cold! So we continue on and then it is up a dirt hill, down a dirt hill into water, up another dirt hill back down into water, up another hill back down.. Brrrr!!!! I am now freezing because the water is up to my boobs. It was about up to Jim’s hips when he first got in and I knew i was in for it. I am more than a foot shorter than he and I was going to have to swim! Hand Palm #4. Getting back up the hills was a pain because you were trying to climb up mud and that isn’t the easiest thing when you can’t get a grip and you are trembling.
We then job through the corn field back to the sports complex and now it is time for three obstacles in a row. “Men over here, woman over there,” the guy said. It was time for the tire flip. I got this right!?!?!? Yeah no, after going a mile and being frigid cold made it a bit more difficult to flip the tire. I couldn’t get my grip and i had to switch to another tire to get better grip and make sure i could lift the first two inches. I finally got that stupid tire flipped four times and continued to the next obstacle.
Well shit, it is the inverted wall. Seriously? I climbed up and couldn’t get my legs to work and move up, so I did my first set of 30 burpees. Ugh!! Ever do burpees with a twisted knee and ankle? Next obstacle is the monkey bars. Yep, another 30 burpees. Crap are you serious, i am already 60 burpees in and I haven’t even finished the first mile. Hand Palm #5.
We continue on and the volunteers give me water and some energy chewables… Sweet!!! Water and energy! I was pretty excited. We continued up and down a few dirt hills and then back through the woods. We jog through the river bed and back up more hills. We get to the Atlas carry, which is a sandbag carry. Carry this 20lb sandbag up and down hills and then drop it off and continue on. Hmm… Ok, this isn’t too bad.. I have my pink (women’s) sandbag and was moving on. Sondra, carrying the red (male’s) sandbag was carrying it like a baby and Jim and Steven had it on their shoulder. I had mine on my shoulder also and made it up and down the hills without help. YAY!
We then continue back towards the sports complex and hit the barbed wire mud crawl. This was actually pretty interesting because you can slid over the mud and then drop into a pool of water, climb back onto the mud and then after 10 feet it drops back into a pool of mud… If your body touched the barb wire above you, a women with a fire hose sprayed you with water on full blast. Yep, I got this spray and it was freezing cold. This course was quite long and then we started to go up a major mud hill. I dug my nails into the mud and trek up it. I got to the top and realized i wasn’t even close to finishing the obstacle. I still had another 50 yards to go. I slid down the hill, face first on accident, hit the water and kept moving. After getting plenty of barbed wire in my butt i decided it was time to stop doing squats and flatten my behind! Well, okay maybe not but it has to get smaller somehow because my butt hurts!!! Hand Palm #6.
So now we are muddy, wet and cold. The trasverse wall is next!!! Oh crap! I can’t even get my grip on the stupid wood blocks and my feet are slipping off the bottom wood blocks. I was holding and holding, while Sondra was pushing up my butt and then i slipped. Screw this! I just broke a nail! Well here is another 30 burpees! Argh!!! I am really getting tired of burpeees now! Oh wait, the rope climb is next. Not even trying, so another 30 burpees here I come!
The spear throw was next. This should be easy right!?? No!!! I missed, Jim kept throwing spears until he was out. About 14 spears in, one broke and i was on the ground laughing trying to do my 30 burpees because I missed. This obstacle should have been so easy but i failed. We then jogged over to the cargo climb. I love cargo nets!!! They are my favorite obstacle. I climb up with ease, hit the top, and realize that now i have to do a 20 yard cross over the cargo net that you can see the 25′ drop. Que the Panic Attack!!! I sat there and cried because there was no way i could cross the net! I just couldn’t do it. I tried crossing it with another gal and because she moved when i did, the net moved and it just freaked me out even more. Fifteen minutes later, a group of individuals held the rest of the people back and let me cross the net while in hysterics. I got across and quickly maneuvered back down the net and told the individuals that they were my favorite people of all time. I can’t express how huge this panic attack was and how it affected me after. I was literally just 100 yards from finishing and i couldn’t move forward. Tears were falling and people were staring at me. I didn’t care, i wanted to get down, but thanks to my team coming back to get me I was able to finish. Sondra crawled back across the net and Steven came all the way back around and did the obstacle twice to get me through it. I ❤ you guys!!! Jim was standing below me helping me across by telling me i was stronger than i thought i was. My husband is the most amazing person ever!!!
(Evil Cargo Net)
So i made it through and guess what, more barbed wire mud hills. These weren’t so bad, i went up, slid back down to the other side and realized that now you have to go under the next wall which is all water filled. So i grabbed my sun glasses and went under the board, came back up on the other side and climbed out of the mud. Now it was to the Slippery Wall. I made it all the way to the top and collapsed with the rope in my hand still. Jim and Steven helped me get my ass over the wall and then back down. I turned around and saw the finish line. Are you kidding me! I am almost there!!!
We did the fire jump, wasn’t quite sure i would be able to jump over it but i made it! Through the Gladiator’s and through the finish line!! I could have collapsed with happiness and I about cried!! I did my first Spartan!!!!!
I can’t tell you how excited I am about this!!! So now I know i need to work on upper body strength and burpees!!!!
Without my team, there is no way i could have finished this race!! Let this be a reminder that TOGETHER, we will NEVER BE 2 FAT 2 BE FIT!!!!! And we will always finish TOGETHER!!!