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Warrior-Dash Done!

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:
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    Congratulations on doing all of the obstacles and finishing the race!! I did the Warrior Dash in June, so I completely understand the difficulty of each obstacle. The website/videos just don't do it justice. It is a HUGE accomplishment and you are entitled to be very pleased with your abilities. Well done!
    1778 days ago
    Oh Gosh! I saw this when you first posted but was in a such a ditzy state with the family visit going on I completely spaced it. Forgive the late posting.

    Having said that, though...
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    Consider those emoticons to be about 4 feet high for you! Seriously, you did awesome! All the obstacles? Good for you. That's tremendous. I have MUCH respect for you - I was a ninny and skipped some of the things you described when I did the mud run.

    My hat's off to you!
    1859 days ago
    SOOO proud of you! It sounds like this one was harder than last year. I knew you could do it! And like I said - bragging rights for the rest of your life.

    No one can really explain it unless they have done it. For example - no one really understands STEEP until they see those hills.


    Well done!
    1861 days ago
    WooHoo....Chuck, way to made it.
    No matter how tough, you made it.

    1865 days ago
    At the end of the mud hole was an embankment that was almost chest high." I "watched" that part of the race....your correct...but funny what a spectator doesn't note!

    I wondered about some of the race times...interesting to read what you noticed. The fastest runner overall did 6:01 minute/mile! I Googled him and he is an athlete/runner. How could one do ALL the obstacles and complete the course in some of the times posted? I know the 560th (she works out regularly and is well toned), 2,664th and 2,459th place runners.

    I thought I wanted to run in 2010 but after reading this blog and hearing from another runner I am glad I was there to observe. Both he and you said you'd do this again though so a seed of desire remains. (I'd have to water and feed that seed with lots of training before I'd desire to do this in 2012.)

    Last year you could purchase tickets a year early at half price. I don't see where Oregon is holding the Warrior Dash @ Hornings again in 2012.

    Great to see the muddy, ACCOMPLISHED you, Chuck! Thanks for the photos and article as well. emoticon
    1865 days ago
    WELL DONE! Great blog loved been taken through the course. I feel sorry for those that could not do all the challenges but they only feat themselves. However this is about you and even alrhough you had let some motivation slip you went for this. Love the shot of you covered with mud and wearing your medal you know how hard you worked. I am full of admiration for you
    1865 days ago
    Way to go Chuck. Glad to hear there were no injuries. Sad that people cheat, they are only hurting themselves. Love your finish pic, that's one to frame!
    1866 days ago
    I'm very impressed! You should be so proud of yourself! Way to go Chuck!!!!
    1866 days ago
    very impressive mud! you should be very proud of yourself.
    1866 days ago
    You did a great job!!! I'm proud of you!!
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    1866 days ago
    Thank you for sending the Link to the Oregon team. Great Blog and great pics. It looks like so much fun. Glad you only competed with yourself and did not worry about the people taking the short cuts. Maybe they knew they were not strong enough to do the obstacles.
    1866 days ago
    emoticon emoticon You did terrific and are so very honest. You deserve the highest medal of honor for that race. Good job!
    1866 days ago
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