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
Monday, September 05, 2011
Well it is near time to get with this Warrior-Dash program next weekend 9/10/11 & 09:30 AM. It seems so long ago and a grand idea when I signed-up last Jan 2011 for the event. I was in decent running shape then. Since signing-up for the race my left knee has had problems and my shoulders have problems. I have had shots in both but does not seem to help much. My intense training for the event has come to a standstill for several months. Two weeks ago at the beach I started running and the knee and shoulder appears to have held up fine. I have been testing out running on pavement and the knee seems to be holding up.
I will start the race and I will finish..how long it takes may be up in the air. I will do my best and hope to make a decent showing. Here is the Website and for the video scroll down a little and hit the speaker button for sound . warriordash.com/index.php
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I find myself pre-occupied sometimes figuring what could be the alternative if I exchange the cost of a "habit", in dollars, and convert it to "savings".
Smoking (Quit 9 years ago): 456 packs/yr X $4.75/pack X 9 years = $19,878
Fast Food ( Decrease frequency 1.5 years): 208 times/year X $25 = 5.200
Portion control of meals (1.5 year estimate: est.1095 meals X $1 = 1,095
Fuel cost obtaining Fast Food 208 trips/3 miles each: 42 gals X $3.79 = 164
Add all those numbers up, total $26,337, I bought this, and have enough left over for fuel and insurance for the next 5 years.
This is what changing my habits got me (besides being healthier):
Saturday, May 07, 2011
A good friend sent this to me about STRESS:
A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience; with a raised glass of water, and everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, 'half empty or half full?'..... She fooled them all... "How heavy is this glass of water?", she inquired with a smile.
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes." She continued, "and that's the way it is with stress. If we carry our Burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on."
"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden - holding stress longer and better each time practiced. So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night... Pick them up tomorrow.
Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment. Relax, pick them up later after you've rested. Life is short. Enjoy it and the now 'supposed' stress that you've conquered!"
1 * Accept the fact that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue!
2 * Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
3 * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
4 * Drive carefully... It's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker..
5 * If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague
6 * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it..
7 * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
8 * Never buy a car you can't push.
9 * Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
10 * Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
11 * Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
12 * The second mouse gets the cheese.
13 * When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
14 * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
15 * You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
16 * Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.
17 * We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
18 * A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
19 * Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.
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