Have you ever had a friend ask you to sign up for a Spartan race and you say,
“Sure friend, that will give us something new to do.”
And then you spend over a hundred dollars on admittance to the race, and then you decided to finally research it and see what it’s all about.
A little advice: research first then think about it really hard, and only then – ONLY THEN – should you consider buying your spot.
Basically what I’m saying is… What the hell did I get myself into?
The only race available in Northern California was the beast race. This consist of 12+ miles and 25 obstacles. If you don’t do an obstacle you then have to do 30 burpees.
Back in my basic training days I could do 100 burpees (you jump down into push-up position, then jump back up) with my vest on (of the-heavy plated bullet proof sort) with no problem.
Mind you this was six years ago and early twenties.
So I did 30 burpees the other night.
Within the first 10 I was hating life.
I really can’t tell you what the moral of this post is. Maybe I should think before I commit. This is, after all, how I joined the Army (of the reserve sort) in the first place.
In a way I’m pumped for the race. I could care less if I get a good time or even beat anyone, but I’m pumped for the camaraderie of it. Out of the few videos I found (spartan courses are kept secret) a few did show people helping each other over very large walls.
This is the one thing I miss from basic training: people coming together and “sucking”. Embrace the suck has become my catch phrase for everyday life.
Traffic jam – embrace the suck
Grumpy clients – embrace the suck
All out of vanilla syrup for my Carmel macchiato – embrace the suck
It really works in any context.
Needless to say, I’m committed now. My friend and I are trying to start a team, so if anyone is interested, please let me know.
If I learned anything from my delayed research it is that marathon runners have a hard time with this race.
That’s fantastic news as I do not run marathons or even long distance, so it’s as if part of my training has already started.
I’ll keep you updated on my training regiment and diet plan. Unfortunately I think the red velvet cookies won’t help me retain any sort of energy for the race.
In the end my goal is to get through the entire race AND not throw up.
You can basically apply that to any context in life too.