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Remember the Spartans!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

So, as some of you are aware, this weekend I did the Spartan Dash at Edelweiss Ski Resort in Wakefield, QC.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Spartan Race ( www.spartanrace.com ), it's a 5km race and obstacle course. Or so their website said. Really, it was a 6.4km trek uphill (3 times) periodically interrupted by mud holes, walls over or under which you must go, barbed wire, hay tunnels, weight lifting, monkey bars, water features and more hills.

Last year, my friend Gene did it at the Rideau-Carleton Raceway

(pic from Wikipedia)

instead of Edelweiss Ski Resort

(pic from tripadvisor.com)

Note a slight difference in the terrain? Yeah? So did I.

We went up and down those bloody hills THREE TIMES. Three. Not once, or even twice (like, say the guys two years ago at Camp Fortune, when the Boy did HIS Spartan), but THREE BLOODY TIMES (bloody not used here as a swear, but instead as an adjective). The third trip up and down were on a black diamond route (aka VERY STEEP!).

However, all complaining aside, I did pretty well. I failed the "dip walk" -- essentially walk on your hands across parallel bars -- because the bars were too far apart for someone with my width of shoulders (too bad they wouldn't allow for creatively overcoming obstacles: otherwise I'd've bearwalked across the bars!), and the rope climb. It took me 2 hour 37 minutes to finish the "race". I successfully climbed the two-metre walls without difficulty, and the ten foot wall was conquered with a boost from my mountain-man friend (whose glasses my boobs apparently dislodged during said boost: he didn't complain :P). The monkey bars and rings were fun, the leap over fire was easy enough, and I successfully hit a target with a "spear"... not the target I was aiming at, but I hit a target :P

Long story short, I completed the Spartan Race. I might be convinced to do it again, maybe. I'm not a runner -- and likely will never be one -- so I would rather do exclusively an obstacle course, but since this seems to be my only option, I suppose it will have to do :)

I also survived softball the next day. We lost, a lot, but we had fun and rallied at the end for a whole 11 runs! WOW! (We were down 29 - 0 up until that point... LOL)

Hope everyone is having a fabulous week!
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  • EABL81
    Sounds like quite an adventure - congrats!
    2072 days ago
    Woo hoo! You finished and survived! YOU ARE SPARTAN!!!!!!!!!!
    2074 days ago
    Wow. I think you did pretty awesome. Actually I think there are quite a few of these course like that. Well at least in my area (Texas). They might be willingly to travel to your neck of the woods too. One is called the Tough Mudder. Another is the Warrior Dash.

    Check out http://www.sparkpeople.com/ma/Races
    1/23553072 for more races that other SparkPeople have done like the Tough Mudder.

    Hope that helps. Good luck with whatever crazy workout you are planning to do next!
    2074 days ago
  • ASTRA58
    That sounds awesome and amazing! Congratulations for finishing!
    2074 days ago
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