“We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training,” Archilochos
Pre-season is over. Race day has been and gone – well actually race weekend. I’ve trained hard for this weekend of Spartan races, and I’m pretty pleased with the results.
Sure, I’m not as fast as I want to be, but I’m leaner, fitter and smashing obstacles like never before.
Six years ago i had back surgery and i can’t believe how far I’ve come – from barely being able to walk around the block (I actually got overtaken by a pensioner using a zimmer frame at one point) to running two races in two days.
Two years ago I ran my first Spartan Sprint obstacle course and fell in love with the challenge. I ran a Super that year before putting my back out and being unable to run the Beast and complete my Trifecta – so last year i tried to put that right.
Last year. I entered six races – enough for two Trifecta – just to be certain. I wasn’t fast, but i endured. I completed all six races – even the Edinburgh Beast that saw half the field fail to complete the 26 km race that included 30+ obstacles and some 2km of elevation gain! I may almost have got hypothermia, but the satisfaction of completing “the toughest race in the UK” makes it all worthwhile !
Whats more, I’m now the proud owner of lots of Spartan bling – including the coveted 2x Trifecta medal!
This season is a little different – I’ve decided to turn the volume up to 11 and have entered 8 races, 3 Super / Sprint double headers and two Beasts.
The South East Spartan weekend at St Clere was definitely a game of two halves. Saturday’s Super was a damp 13km run dominated by a painfully hilly mid-section through the woods. I faulted at three obstacles including the Spearman so incurred the time-honored punishment of 30 burpees per failure – 90 burpees in total. I was pleased though as I nailed the rope climb and a number of obstacles I struggled with last year.
Perhaps my favourite touch was the easter egg the organisers left on the hillside for the GPS…
The Sprint was a different story – it was boggy and slow going. But I almost had a perfect run – only failing at the Spear throw when my spear bounced out of the hay bail – so 30 burpees were incurred. I used the race as an opportunity to experiment with technique and strategy, to practice my training and improve my performance in the next races…
Until the next time – AROO!