The race season has come and gone and now it’s time to deal with the aches, pains and injuries that I have accumulated during the past six months. This begins with an evaluation of my painful left shoulder. Continue reading “Aches and pains . . .”
If you want to recall the exploits from the first half of the race you can read them here Vermont Spartan Beast – 2016 (Part 1) otherwise we can just continue to the end.
We were heading to the bridge which would take us over Killington Road.
After crossing the bridge, the 2 1/2 hour warm up over and now the real race begins. . .
Luke and I are standing on the shore of the lake putting on our life vests before stepping out into the 60° degree water for the 200 yard swim to the rope ladder. We had checked this out the night before and the water didn’t seem that cold.
Let me begin the review by making one thing abundantly clear, this race was by far the longest and most physically grueling thing that I have ever done in my life. But with that said, it was a great race and one that I hope to do again next year.
I plan to write the report in two sections; but, let’s see how that works out.
- Part 1 – The warm-up, miles 1-6, and
- Part 2 – The real race, miles 6-16
So before I get started into the race report here are the basic statistics:
- Time: 6:35 (the moving time subtracts most obstacles and nature breaks)
- Miles – 15.5 (will stick with that, but Luke’s GPS was on the low end of the scale most were 16 miles plus)
- Elevation Gain: 6,600 feet (some tracks have it 7,000 plus)
This post is not about the Killington Spartan Beast, I will add that race report in a couple of days once I get a chance to write it.
This post is about Luke and I finishing the race and completing our Spartan Trifecta. What did it take to get here?
- Six months of hard training;
- Three hard races spread across three months and three states; and
- A bunch of trash talking that Kathy will never understand.
What did I get?
- Memories that will last a lifetime.
It’s time to get my bags packed and I am starting starting with the race gear.
It pretty much starts from the bottom up. The first thing into the bag are the trusty Salomon Speedcross 3’s. These shoes have served me well this season. They are comfortable and have great traction in any conditions. I just wish they were a bit better ventilated and a lot more durable. Continue reading “Vermont Spartan Beast – Packing the race gear”