The Spartan is responsible for some very tough events. The most popular may be the Beast, but there is a Spartan race that most average athletes do not even dare to start called the Ultra Beast. The 26+ mile race through the steepest mountains in Vermont with very challenging obstacles and cold temperatures makes this an exceptionally difficult race. Most competitorsRead More
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The Sprint Up
…As we approached the car, one of the EMTs we had seen throughout the race stepped out and told us the best news we had heard in 2 days: this was the turnaround point, and he thought it was the last challenge as well. He asked us a very thoughtful question to bring to Johnny in order to prove we made it all the way to the turnaround, which was to ask ourselves what we could do in the next 6 months to make a lasting change in our lives, using this incredible race experience as the leverage to do something great.
The Sprint Down
…Each step landed with enough force to buckle my leg. Our rope-rung ladder design accomplished everything we needed (namely getting us on the course quickly), but unfortunately would not allow for the use of trekking poles that had been so crucial in helping us up and down this steep trail with the heavy team weight.
BEFORE THE RACEAs with every Death Race, there are a variety of pre-race emails and instructions. Ours were as follows:
- Email a 50 word explanation about why you signed up for the Death Race
- Email your own short definition of leverage
- Get to know your teammates very well in as much detail as possible about their hopes/dreams/fears
- Bring the following gear to the start line:
This is the second and final article on how to save, plan and pack for an Obstacle-cation. In part 1, we covered budget/planning, must have items, the getaway and a few random tips. Today, we will be discussing suggestions for your rental car, flight and hotel. All of these tips are things that I have learned from my own personal experience with Obstacle-cations.
“On my second lap of the Ultra Beast, I saw the leaves changing. I talked to other racers. I marveled at the views. I paused to watch a hairy yellow and black caterpillar inch across the trail….” Spartan Ultra Beast, 2012
The Bonk. Most runners have experienced it: that moment mid race, where your body feels like it hit a wall and you just.want.to.stop.
For those of us who have taken Obstacle Racing beyond a hobby and into more of a lifestyle (some people use terms like elite, professional, competitive, etc), we are often highly focused on our own results and standings. This is not a bad thing at all, as it creates the motivation to fuel the toughest workouts, produces the biggest performance improvements, and helps us track our progress. That being said, every once in a while it is a good idea to "get back to the roots" and run races just for fun, without worrying about how you place, and with some friends that have never run an OCR before.
Gut Check Fitness: The SUCK is a 12 hour overnight event that is designed to put people through what the soldiers went through in Vietnam. The term “Welcome to the shit” often meant that is the worst place you could possibly be because the conditions were very harsh and the mortality rate was very high. Joe Decker’s event, The Suck, is to put people through just that. There are 12 hour events and there are 12 hour events at 100 miles an hour. This is definitely a 100 mile an hour event!