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8/21/11 10:35 A

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Jumping in here... in the Indiana Dash, my dh and I thought that the hardest obstacle was the hills themselves... we heard a lot of people say that they were surprised by the number of steep slopes... we were so happy to see the obstacles after that!

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Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear -- not the absence of fear ~ Mark Twain


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6/21/11 5:34 A

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The big wall was the toughest because you went up using the rope (which turned out to be a LOT easier than I thought) but went down using a widely spaced ladder like series of wood bars. I'm 5'3" and I kind of had to stretch over the side and dangle my leg for a second to get my foot on the appropriate strip of wood. There was one strip closer to the top but that one felt too close and made me have to hunch over the top.

My technique sounds scarier than it really was. They did a good job of making sure the wall/ropes felt sturdy.



Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorius triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. -Theodore Roosevelt


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6/20/11 3:52 P

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I did the Midwest dash this last weekend, and I think the toughest obstacle is just mental. There were a few obstacles that as I ran up to them, I thought, oh heck no, but then I just made myself do it. On some of them I gave myself a pep talk up them (you can do it, you can do it), and then shouted encouragement to those coming up when I was on the way down the other side. The most physically challenging ones for me were the really slippery muddy hills. I wear gloves, and boy did they help as I climbed via the ropes and saw others not able to make it, I didn't have to worry about hurting my hands.

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5/22/11 2:17 P

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Iím 24REBEKAH on this one. I also did the Dash last weekend in Mountain City, GA (my first race ever) and found the toughest one was the big wall. When I saw it before the race I was convinced I wasnít going to be able to do it. I just told myself Iíd at least try. Once I got to this obstacle during the race it really wasnít too bad. :) Working a bit on upper body strength and flexibility (depending on tall you are) will help you get over it. Just GO FOR IT! You might surprise yourself. :)

The cargo nets are not too bad if your course has them. Itís mostly about getting dirty and having fun!

ENJOY YOURSELF!!

There are no limits to what you can accomplish. There are no goals you can't reach. Believe you can do it, and you will! It's as simple as that. :)


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5/17/11 8:52 P

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Thanks--I will get to work with the push ups. I hope I can do that one.

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5/17/11 1:58 P

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How do you get down the wall once you get over it? Use the rope?

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorius triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. -Theodore Roosevelt


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5/17/11 1:23 P

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The only real "difficult" obstacle in Mountain City, GA was the 20 ft vertical wall. There is a rope and small (maybe 1-1.5") beams to get a slight foot hold. If you are doing anything that works out your upper body it will help (push-ups, weights, planks). Otherwise most of the other obstacles rely more on lower body and just getting dirty = )

It was a blast! You guys have fun!!!

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5/16/11 6:12 P

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I am on the same page as you. I am most afraid of the rappeling so I am looking for somewhere to give it a try.

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5/16/11 10:12 A

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I see the pictures of cargo nets, mud crawling, and giant walls. What was the toughest obstacle for running geeks with lots of endurance and lower body power but kind of puny arms?

Having no cargo nets to hand, how would you suggest training for something like that? I've been climbing all over the monkey bars at the local parks.

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorius triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. -Theodore Roosevelt


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