If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ve probably noticed several Spartan Race mentions scattered throughout my posts. I recently completed the Spartan Race Sprint and it was amazing. So you’ll have to bear with one more post on the subject (at least for this year).
The Spartan Race, for those who may not know, is a race filled with mud and obstacles. Our team of four chose the Spartan Sprint: ours was 6.3 km (just under 4 miles) in length with 22 obstacles.
The beauty of the Spartan Race is that you can help your teammates (there were only two obstacles you’re expressly not allowed to assist on). There were many challenges I wouldn’t have been able to conquer on my own. But with help, we all made it through.
Here’s a short recap of the race and some of the obstacles we came across:
The race began with a lengthy run through trails that threaded through the trees and across fields. We faced 5, 6, and 7 foot walls. I made it over the first two no problem but needed a boost for the third one. The ‘Hobie Hop’ required us to navigate a small course wearing a tight band around our knees or ankles. You had to circumvent the obstacles by hopping around or through them.
It wouldn’t be the Spartan Race without lots of mud, so we slipped and slid in ‘Rolling Mud’. You had to climb a small hill, slide into a mud pit, then pull yourself out. Repeat several times.
We conquered a 30 foot climbing wall, flipped tires, navigated monkey bars, and manoeuvred along a set of metal ‘parallel bars’. This last obstacle proved too difficult and I earned 30 penalty burpees (if you fail to conquer an obstacle on the first try, you can only continue after completing 30 burpees.)
My personal favourites were the ‘Horizontal Wall Traverse’ and the ‘Barbed Wire Crawl’. The first was a wall with pieces of wood for hand and foot grips positioned along the top and bottom of the wall. You had to move from one side to the other using only the grips. The second was exactly what it sounded like. We pulled ourselves along the ground beneath a stretch of barbed wire. It was super muddy but this actually made it easier to slide ourselves along. Everyone ended up with mud up to their necks from this one.
We climbed a cargo net 30 feet high, attempted a rope climb (I earned another 30 burpees for this one) and finished the event with the ‘Fire Jump’. We then picked up our medals and finisher t-shirts.
One of our friends had come to cheer us on and was waiting with hot coffee, we were extra happy to see her. We washed up, grabbed more coffee, and chatted excitedly about the various obstacles on our drive back.
So how was the Spartan Race for an introvert? Honestly not as bad I thought it would be. While the festival grounds were crowded, I was mentally prepared for it. While all the racers were crammed together at the start, the crowd thinned out within the first kilometre as the faster runners broke away and the slower ones dropped back. I would definitely recommend scheduling in alone time before and after the race (as with any social activity) but it was completely doable.
Have you ever tried an obstacle race or wanted to?