More Spartan Pics!

A quick post for this busy Monday. I hope you all had a great 4th of July weekend!

Spartan released the pictures from the race! They got some good ones and some not so flattering ones, haha! It was easy to find some of our pics and then almost impossible to find the others. There was even a gap in the time stamps so I didn’t get any shots from some places where they had cameras, boo! Oh well, they got lots me in the gross mud, which is the money shot, so I can’t complain too much:).
I’m testing out the new gallery option on wordpress so click on the pics an they will get bigger. Then you can see nice big images of me desperately needing a shower.

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Spartan Race Tips & Traverse Wall Video

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So yesterday I did my little recap of the Spartan Beast and today I thought I would post all of the tips that worked for me, things that I would have done differently, and one thing that I need ideas on.

But first, look at my cute medal!!  I love it!  I think it matches my pink shorts and lavender toenails, don’t you? 🙂Image

Ok, tip #1 wear spandex!!

If you do nothing else, do this.  I wore shorts that were mid thighish and they were perfect.  They didn’t collect much water or mud, dried quickly, and didn’t stretch out.  The hubs on the other hand, I hope he’s taking note of my spandex tip:).

I will get a tighter and shorter shirt for next time.  This top is great but it basically became a dress after my 4 time through the mud.  So the name of the game is minimal and tight and make sure your material is synthetic, NO COTTON!IMG_2418

Tip #2 Hydrate the day before

I always hydrate the day before a long race.  I drink around 12-14 cups of water throughout the day.  Yes I pee a lot, but it really helps on race day.  Spartan had water stations but if you were walk-running and taking your time, those station can take a while to get to.  Also, Spartan does not provide sports drinks on course.  They have SALT shakers.  Yeah you read that right and yes, it’s pretty gross.  I drank my free gatorade before the race and was fine.  But there’s your heads up in case you are expecting a sports drink station.

Tip #3 If you need to fuel, bring your own

If you know you need a glucose boost after a couple hours of exercise, make sure to bring a well packaged supplement.  Spartan does NOT provide fuel.  For girls I think you could easily tuck a gel or packet of chews under the back of your sports bra.  I’ve also seen spandex shorts with a slim pocket that is super small and can fit one gel.

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Tip #4 Sunscreen!

I applied liberally before the race and still got a bit red.

Tip #5 Bring a bag with the following suggested items..

A complete change of clothes, flip flops, baby wipes, deodorant, extra snacks, water, sanitizer, triple antibiotic ointment, bandaids, ibuprofen, comb, towel, sweatshirt, lotion (my skin was insanely dry), chapstick, and cash.

Tip #6 Arrive with your spectators.

We didn’t arrive with our family and it was impossible to coordinate with them.  Next time I would arrive together, go over the course and map out the course together so they know where to see you and the order of the obstacles.  Also, they can keep track of your bag for you and you don’t have to pay the $5 🙂

Tip #7 The down low on the free spectator ticket that is included with Living Social and    Groupon!

I looked everywhere to see where we were supposed to get the spectator ticket that is included when you bought the spartan race entry from Living Social and couldn’t find an answer anywhere.  I even emailed Spartan twice and received no answer.  Well here is the answer.  Your spectator just needs to give your name at the spectator registration table and they will have a list.  They check off your name and let them in free.  Otherwise it’s $25 at the door ($20 online).  But hey, kids are free.IMG_2432

 

Alright, so those are all the things I can think of right now:).

Now here’s my one Spartan horror story and I seriously need to think of a solution for this!  After finishing the race I was completely coated in mud and very cold.  I was waiting in line for the hoses to wash off and I was getting so cold I started to shake.  The shaking was incontrollable and got pretty bad.  By the time I got to a hose I could hardly grip the handle.  Oh yeah, and the water was pure ice.  I was pretty much shaking, screaming, and hyperventilating.  I hosed off as much as I could until I literally thought I was going to go into shock.  Cam said my hands and lips were blue and my skin was totally white.  I started to breath quickly and erratically and couldn’t form a sentence.  I panicked a bit but luckily my brother in law hustled my toward the asphalt that was hot from the sun and I just lied on it to get warm.  It took me a good 20 minutes to come to my senses enough to make it to a changing area and get out of my wet clothes.  Afterward I had crazy muscle cramps and felt like I had just completed the whole race again!

So I’m trying to think of what I can do so this doesn’t happen.  My first thought was to go straight to the power wash station and have someone use the high pressure washer.  It would be faster and the line wasn’t as long.  But the water would still be ice.  My second idea is to get a portable shower and keep it in the car!  Other than that, I don’t know how to fix the problem I had.  I’m open to all suggestions.  Please send them my way if you have any!

Ok ok, enough drama.  Let’s end this post with a little video shall we?!  This is me doing the traverse wall after I recovered from my popsicle stage.  I saw lots of people fail this obstacle so I thought I’d show ya how I did it.

That’s all for today kids!  Have a fab day!!

Utah Spartan Beast 2014 Race Recap!!

Who’s ready for a Spartan Beast Recap??!!

Saturday morning I was literally bursting with excitement over this race.  I was trying to suppress my giddiness, but it was just oozing out all over the place.  I could not wait to get out there and see what Spartan had in store for us.  I felt so ready to take on the challenge.  I had been training seriously for about 6 months in preparation for this day and it was finally here!

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Here is the course map.  It went all over Soldier Hollow for a total of 12ish miles.  The little green dots are where obstacles were placed.

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I was dying to see the list of obstacles since they do not reveal those until race day.  Of course I was a bit nervous when I saw all of those “classified” tags.  I want to talk about every single obstacle!  But I’m saving that for another day.  Today you get an overall feel of what the race was like:)

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We had a start time of 12:45pm so there were lots of people out on the course when we arrived, some were even finishing.  It was fun to see people doing the obstacles and get ideas on what works and what doesn’t.  In this pic you can see the first rope climb.  What you don’t see it the giant mud water pit that you have to climb into to get to the ropes!

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They had kid races and obstacles in the “festival” area for spectators.  I have to enter Valie next year, she would have loved it.IMG_4406

You could practice your rope climbing skills before the race!  The rope was definitely skinnier than what I’m used to, but it was still climbable.  I didn’t take any pictures once we moved to the starting line, because, well…I knew I’d be swimming in mud and that just doesn’t vibe with electronics.

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So now you get my commentary minus pictures.  Arrival is pretty smooth.  You pay $10 to park, boo.  Walk to the registration.  Print off your waiver and barcode before to save time.  Don’t forget your ID, but if you do, they will ask your b-day.  I know this because…I forgot my ID.  Spartan then gives you a little envelope and sends you on in.  You get two bracelets. One with your start time written on it and one with your timing chip.  You also get a bib and a headband with your number.  I’d recommend tearing off you tags for your free drinks before racing since they are going to get wet and muddy and most likely lost:).  Oh yeah and don’t forget $5 to check your bag…again…boo!

Spartan recommends arriving 2 hours prior to your start time.  I think that is a little much.  We were about 90 minutes early and I was still antsy waiting for our start time.  But I suppose I’d rather be safe than sorry.

Ok now for some actual race talk!  I was so hyped up to start, I’m sure I was annoying the crap out of the people around me.  When 12:45 finally hit I was smiling and bouncing like a complete idiot, only to have my happy bubble burst when they tossed us into a mud moat right off the bat!  I mean seriously, how mean!  They soak you down within the first 3 minutes!  Anyway, moving along…IMG_2450

I thought the variety of obstacles was great.  Some were simple, some were long, some require pure strength, balance, or endurance.  It was great to test your overall fitness.

I did get a few pics of some obstacles after the race.  This is the lattice.  You just climb up.

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Then walk across some beams and climb back down.  This simple obstacle was sandwiched in-between two very hard obstacles.   First the rope climb, which was challenging since the rope was slick and the mud was up to my chest! IMG_2453

And do you see this net thingy?  You had to swing across on it and below you is a giant mud pit!  There is a bell at the end and you have to ring it in order to complete.  This was tough, especially since it’s a net and you have to grab up every time.  It’s not as easy as monkey bars which don’t give.  This gives!  My grip was dying, but guess what??!  I made it!  Out of all the obstacles, I am the most proud of completing this one.  But I feel like they rip you off by not having a platform for those who make it to the end.  You still have to fall into the mud and get out.IMG_2452

Overall I felt great through the whole race.  I never lacked energy or hit a wall.  I ran with my hubby and was just out for fun.  Next year though, oh yeah, I’m running it for time and points!

Our family came out and cheered us on which was super fun and uplifting!  They were able to get some shots of us all nice a dirty.

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This was at about mile 6.5 or 7.  I can’t believe I don’t have dirt on my teeth here!  Most of the race I had a dirt grill, it was gorgeous.Image

The spectators could watch the inverted wall.  It looks harder than it actually is.  I’m a shorty and even I didn’t need assistance.Image

There are lips on the boards that are easy to grip.  So as long as you can jump and hang on at the same time, you’re good.Image

My baby didn’t want and hugs or kisses!  But I may have smooched her anyway…love you Val!Image

When we met up with family again it was by the second rope climb at the bridge.  Yes this is me climbing.  I totally thought it was a dude when I saw the pic, so don’t feel bad if you did too, haha :).  I was elated that I had the energy to make it up the rope again.  There were tons of spectators there!  Not going to lie, it was way fun climbing the rope and then seeing the big dudes have to do burpees.IMG_4380

Ugh, my least favorite part of the day had to be the barbwire crawl.  It was at least a quarter mile mud bomb, rocky as could be, and they were spraying us with a fire hose!  Thank you to my brother in law who had the Spartan chick hose us repeatedly!Image

I may be smiling here, but I was not enjoying this.  My hip bones and ribs were getting torn apart by the rocks.  My forearms were bruised and cut, and I wanted to punch the girl with the hose.  But I digress…Image

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Oh wait, it gets better.  This wall was impossible.  The whole thing was pure wet mud and the ropes were just slime.  I was able to grab the first two knots and then luckily a dude I didn’t know just pulled me up and over.  It was insanity!  Image

Yeah, I tried to stay up here and help Cam over the wall, didn’t happen.  I was so coated in mud I was useless.Image

But after the slippery wall it was just jumping over fire and then DONE!!Image

There’s the FINISH!Image

It was a mad house so our family didn’t get a muddy finish pic.  We hustled straight to the hose off area to get clean.  More on that later this week.  I have a thing or two to say about that!

We got our Beast medals and shirts and were so excited to have completed this race.ImageI honestly loved the whole Spartan experience.  I had a great time throughout the whole thing and would do it again tomorrow.  It was so different and challenging and gave me motivation to push my fitness to the next level.  I’m going to keep on training and making improvements and you’ll be sure to see me doing this race again in the future!

Have a fantastic Monday everyone!!  If you have any Spartan questions feel free to ask!

 

Fun Active Weekend!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fab weekend! I know I did.  My girly has been out of school all week for Spring Break and I have completely enjoyed spending lots of time with her.  The weather has been totally sad though, so we were stuck doing inside activities more than I would have liked.  But on Saturday we decided that despite the wintery conditions we were going to go out and have a blast at the Olympic Park!

Last fall we went and it was so much fun.  You can check out a thorough review of the place and the activities HERE.

Here we are getting all of our gear for the zip line, drop tower, and ropes course!

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There goes my chickie!  This does not look like an April background.

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The park got a new drop rope on the tower.  It lets you free fall for an extra 10 feet compared to the old rope.  Yeah, I was scared.  Can’t you tell?  Look at my face!  I hesitated before walking off the ledge.  My heart was pounding!

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Miss Val on the other hand, no hesitation, she just goes.

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Off to the ropes course!

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We started off with the lower course.Image

I thought the course was much more challenging in the winter like conditions!

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It snowed while we were on the lower course and made the wires, ropes, and everything a bit slick.Image

I love the snow falling in the pics though.

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Right after we did the lower course, the weather cleared up with in just a few minutes.  Crazy Utah.  The sun came out and the sky was blue!

This obstacle is the hardest for me.  You have to hold on to the ropes and swing like a monkey to get to the next rope.  Being a shorty does not help either!

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Look how high it is!  It takes me a while to get used to the height.  My heart rate was definitely accelerated even when I was standing still 🙂

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Ok Ok, that’s enough adrenaline for now :).  Moving on to some exercise that doesn’t give me anxiety.  We spent a night at my hubby’s family cabin and it is the perfect place to train Spartan style!  We ran from the cabin to the main gate and then back.  It is about a 5 mile run roundtrip.  You can kind of see how steep the hills are in this pic.  I could barely run for 20 seconds before having to walk.  But I was way faster this time compared to the past times I’ve done this run, so woohoo!

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And look at the deer!

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Yeah, my husband is smiling here, but I really think he was plotting revenge against me for this workout :).  After we finished the hills, we also did a Spartan email workout.  Ugh, I was beat.

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The rest of the day I spent lounging.  And on a side note… I know what my life would be like if I ever had another baby :).  Isn’t this the cutest?!!  Freddie really liked snuggling under the blanket with my new niece Cate.

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Well that is my weekend recap.

Did you get active this weekend??

Is it Spring yet in your neck of the woods??

Spartan Training Update

Still plugging along with the workouts.  I try to get the hubs out once a week for an endurance/strength/mental training session.  I’m starting to think that the mental hurdle of The Beast is going to be the hardest thing.

I’m loving the workouts that come in my email everyday!  I’ve been seeing some Beast workouts lately and have put those on our “to do” list.  The workout I picked for us this week looked something like this…

Run 1 mile
15 burpees
5 pull-ups
50 crunches
15 box jumps
5 pull-ups
50 bodyweight squats
15 burpees
5 rope climbs or 5 x 25′ bear crawl
50 walking lunges
15 box jumps
5 x 25′ bear crawl

x 3

This was a good one!  I added the sandbag to the squats and lunges and did and extra mile of running on my 3rd round.  It was a sweaty good time.

My little chickie loves to workout with us.  Here she is demonstrating how to use soccer goals as pull up bars :).  I could just squeeze her to pieces I love her so much!

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Cam’s “sandbag” is filled with cement mix:)

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Out of all the exercises we did, I hated the bear crawls the most.  Not because they were hard, but because the grass made my hands raw!  After 30 bear crawls I never wanted to do another one again!

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But I lived!  Hooray!  Let’s hope the weather is just as beautiful for our next workout.