I am still not fully recovered from my whirlwind weekend in Southern California. I flew out at 7 pm on Friday, and then was back at LAX on Sunday by 3:30 pm. I drove home and got into my bed by 3 AM Monday morning in Lethbridge. I am tired, my body is tight, I had chaffing marks on my ankles from my calf sleeves, my eyes hurt, I am sunburned, and my number is still etched into my calves with permanent marker. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.
This weekend I ran the Spartan Race So Cal events-Super Spartan (9 miles) on Saturday, Jan. 24th, and the Sprint (approx. 5 miles) on Sunday, Jan. 25th. Both events were held at Vail Lake in Temecula, California. My best friend Ali, her boyfriend, and their dogs picked me up from the airport and we headed to Temecula on Friday night. We were at the race site nice and early for check in and to peruse the site. I also spent a lot of money on merchandise! I would run the Super with Ali and Kevin. This would be Ali and Kevin’s TRIFECTA race weekend (completed the Beast the weekend before, a distance of a half marathon). Heading out at the start of the race, I didn’t think the wind would be to bad, seeing that I am used to Lethbridge winds. I was wrong. These winds were just as strong at winds in Lethbridge, but add the gritty sand and dirt from the course blowing around and the sun, and that makes it a whole different experience.
I enjoyed all the obstacles on the course—some that are the same as previous years’, and many that are new. Seeing that this is my 3rd year doing Spartan Races it is appreciated that they change things up. Like the Traverse Wall—while they still had one, instead of this one going in a straight line, it now zig-zagged. The terrain of Vail Lake also just added new natural obstacles that reminded me of the Montana Sprint. Ali and I finished this race together in a time of 4:40.06. I know I have said this before, but considering this girl wouldn’t even run 900 metres last year at this time and was now doing 9 mile obstacle course races is amazing! I am so proud!
That night I realized when we went in the hot tub how sunburned and wind burned my thighs had gotten. It stung like HELL getting in the hot water. Whoops. That being said, I still decided to go out and push myself during the Sprint. Seeing a preview of the course the day before was a huge help, and I was able to tackle those hills just like I would if I were in the Coulees in Lethbridge. I even nailed the Spear Throw obstacle!— a Spartan Race FIRST for me, and this was my 9th Spartan Race ever! I still move quite slow over any height obstacle, as my fear sets in, but I made them. I fell on the Monkey Bars, Rope Climb and also made it 3/4 of the way on the Traverse Wall….so 90 burpees for me. Even with those burpee penalties, I finished in a 1:21.52, which was good for 33/1655 females in the Open Division! My running came in handy for my lack of upper body strength!I knew what to expect coming into a Spartan Race, but I am very happy to say that I feel the organization is back bigger and better in 2015. The obstacles did not disappoint, the race swag was new and improved (finisher shirts that are specific for each distance, instead of a general shirt!), and incredible medals! I am very excited for my Spartan Beast in Montana this May so I can become a member of the USA Trifecta Tribe! AROO, AROO, AROO!!!!