|We picked Tracy up at the McStop...she was ready to go...beer in hand|
|This must have been what Woodstock was like.|
|Why is everyone so muddy?|
|DeNae, Tracy & myself before the race with our warrior hats on|
|Waiting at the starting line.|
|And we're off....|
|DeNae on the home stretch.|
|Yup, that's me leaping over fire!|
|Right about now Tracy is thinking "What did I get myself into?"|
|Seriously? Do I have to do this?|
|I was so happy to finish, I didn't even care how muddy I was!|
|After the race|
|I did get this cool necklace for surviving the race!|
|We even got one free beer!|
|The pile of wrecked shoes|
We had researched the Warrior Dash on-line. There were a few obstacles--climbing over junk cars, having water blasted into your face, climbing over cargo net, jumping over fire, and crawling in the mud under barbed wire. Okay! No problem! I've been training! I got this!
So, finally race day came. The Warrior Dash was this past Saturday. On our way to the Dash, we met a few people coming back from the race that said "There are a lot of hills!" Even with the warning, I was nervous, but confident! On the bus from where we had to park to the race site, Tracy and DeNae were even excitedly planning how we were going to recruit a whole bunch of people for next year and were busy thinking up team names and what costumes we were all going to wear when we ran the race. Next year? Seriously, maybe we should see if we survive this year's race first!
The Warrior Dash was REALLY hard and you got REALLY wet and muddy! There were so many people there! There were thunder storms that rolled through the area, but luckily the rain stopped before we started the race. Waves of hundreds of racers started out every 1/2 hour. Our wave kicked off at 5:30pm. The beginning of the race was a nice, short little level jog, but then you turned and started climbing the ski slopes. (Seriously, the race was at Afton Alps ski area!) The whole race was climbing up and down the ski slopes with a few obstacles thrown in for good measure! There was hardly any part of the race that was flat! The hills were so steep it felt like if I stopped, I would start sliding backwards! Going down the hills was almost equally as tough because you had to hold yourself back so you wouldn't get going too fast and start tumbling down the slope. At the top of the first HUGE hill, they had machines blowing water in your face so you couldn't see and almost felt like you were drowning. Once you got past that, you climbed up and down a few more hills before jumping over junk cars and running through tires. Another obstacle was a 30 foot tall wooden beam you climbed up and over using a cargo net. There there was the horizontal cargo net crawl, wooden walls you had to jump over, a really tall wooden wall you had to grab a rope and climb up and over, a dark tent you had to crawl through without being able to see anything, really skinny wooden planks you had to balance on and climb up and down, a waterslide, jumping over fire, and a really deep mud/water pit where you had to crawl under barbed wire. Not to mention that a lot of the course was a mud pit (on purpose) that smelled like fish guts that you had to slop through.
Wow! I finished! I survived the Warrior Dash and took 688th place in my age division and 9,184th place overall! Rock on! I'm not sure if I had fun--I'm still working through some post traumatic stress issues--but will I do it again next year? Bring it on!!!