Sunday, September 11, 2011
I made it through the whole Warrior Dash course and all 10 obstacles. The obstacles were much more difficult than I had imagined or on the video clip shown on the Website. The first obstacle was the logs in the lake. Getting over those logs, 5 of them, was no easy task when you are in over waist deep water trying to get over rolling logs. The 3rd obstacle was the vertical 16 foot (?) retaining wall with the knotted rope you have to climb hand-over-hand getting over to the other side was no easy feat either. I could not believe all the long steep hills we had to climb. Seems we were always climbing hills!! My legs during the last mile and upper body strength was getting pretty tired. However the obstacles kept coming. Getting over the 24 foot horizontal cargo net was more difficult and energy zapping than I had anticipated. Then came the barriers that were waist high that we had to get over then the next barrier we had to crawl under because they were barbed wire, I thought they would never end but finally they did. Then came the devils steps, about 8 of them the first was about 3 foot off the ground and the next ones graduated higher then lower. The tough part was that the platforms moved so you had to rely on balance. (Reminded me of the program Wipe-Out) The next was another vertical climb. When you reached the top, about 16 foot, it t was cantilevered towards you, like a clif overhang, to where you had to jump and grab the top past center and pull yourself over to the other side. On the other side there were fireman polls you had to grab and slid down, they were damp so I slide down faster than I wanted . At the final half mile point up a steep windy path was a final cargo net built into a vertical pyramid we had to climb over and down the other side. My wife was at the bottom of this one and snapped a few pictures. Next to the last obstacle was jumping over two fire lines. The last obstacle was the mud hole. everyone had to crawl on their hands and knees in water and mud halfway up your body. At the end of the mud hole was an embankment that was almost chest high. Trying to jump out of the mud when your shoes are stuck in the stuff is very difficult especially when the embankment was slippery with water. On the 4th try I finally made it over and slid down on my stomach about 20 feet to the bottom about 10 foot from the finish line.
Got my metal, a banana and a glass of water and found a place to rest a little.
For Saturday alone there were 5410 participants. The sad part is that I saw many people were cheating and did not negotiate all the obstacles and some were cutting the course. The first obstacle was enough to make a person look like a mud ball and many people going past were fresh and clean. I treated this run as a personal goal and vowed to complete the whole course for the experience. There would have been no satisfaction for me to cheat, I would have rather of quit first.
I am sore as hell today, but not as bad as I thought I would be.
Today is the Sunday event.... no I did not sign-up for this one. I am curious however how many participants there were.
Next Year????? Maybe, but will have to train much more. This time I had not trained hard since February because of a knee and shoulder injury. The knees and shoulders are fine today.
The clip does not portray how difficult some of these obstacles were especially the last one the mud hole. It shows them running through and just stepping out. Advertising clip from the Warrior Dash Website: warriordash.com/index.php