So I wake up and look look at the temperature its a balmy 22 degrees and windy. So what is the best way to spend the morning? Stay in bed? Lounge around the house and drink coffee? Of course not. The best thing is to head a couple of miles up the road to our free weekly 5k, the College Park, Parkrun. Why pick today for my first race in 6 months? Continue reading “5k Fun – Parkrun College park”
Those two little words.
Nothing else causes me more trouble in an obstacle race than the rig. No matter what race, Savage, Battlefrog (RIP) or Spartan, I have yet to complete one.
Why? At first I thought it was a physical problem, I blamed a lack of upper body strength, I blamed lack of grip strength, I blamed a shoulder injury, I blamed just about everything I could imagine and worked to overcome those problems; but in the end, my results were still the same.
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.