Monday, August 22, 2011
Despite my misgivings I wrote about in an earlier blog, I did the Warrior Dash Rockies.
Yes, there are some really unflattering photos out there of me covered in mud, but it's a reflection of what I look like now, so I'm ok with it. And they may make some good "before" photos.
The race itself was at 10,000 feet and my heart raced as we ran the first 1/2 mile. The first several obstacles were not easy, but they were cake compared to some of the later ones. We climbed up a steep ramp, went over and under walls, swam in a mud pit, picked our way through a tangle of muddy crossed bungie cords, balanced on elevated planks, climbed across cargo nets, crawled through a dark tunnel, etc. It was SO fun! We did have to do a few long, steep climbs--and I slowed so it was more like fast hiking with obstacles than a "dash".
The last 4 obstacles were the toughest. Three of them involved climbing up 15-20 feet, hefting yourself over the top, and then sliding or climbing down the back side of an obstacle. The obstacles were muddy and I was muddy, tired, and terrified of heights. Did I mention they were set up on concrete?
I'm sorry to say I wussed out on two of them outright. I'd like to think that if I was thinner I'd be less afraid since there will be less of me to haul over/control and it would be easier for people to assist me if needed. I made an attempt to get up one of the less scary ones but the incline was too much for my tired body.
The last obstacle was the best (next to swimming through the mud): jumping fire! The official pictures aren't up yet but someone caught me pre-jump. I'm fat, I'm dirty, I'm tired, and I am having a blast.
I am so happy I decided to do it. The crowds were great and encouraging. My fears were (mostly) unwarrated. It was a great weekend with friends and I am looking forward to next year already--and I will be able to face it fitter, faster and thinner.