Spartan – “Courageous in the face of pain, danger, or adversity” AND MUD!!!
On June 2/3, the Spartan Sprint Race returned to Ottawa.Â Â TheÂ raceÂ was 5k ofrunningÂ withÂ aboutÂ 20Â crazyÂ obstacles at the Rideau-Carleton Race Way.Â Â Â
Spartan races areÂ a uniqueÂ challenge ~Â Âone does not know what obstacles are going to be onÂ the course untilÂ one arrives at each.Â Last year, theÂ Â terrainÂ (Camp Fortune) made the race a challenge.Â This year, the terrain was pretty tame, but the MUD wasÂ Â insane.Â Â
By the timeÂ we (seven Hostyle athletes)Â startedÂ ourÂ races around noon on Sunday,Â Â it was rainingÂ yet AGAIN andÂ the footing was nothingÂ but mudÂ andÂ slippery grass.
The initial run over 1 or 2 kilometres was a test in itself – running in mud up to our ankles,Â staying uprightÂ and trying not toÂ pull a muscle ifÂ we happened to have a nasty slip.Â Once we got to the obstacles,Â Â dirty,Â wetÂ hands (and shoes) madeÂ some of theÂ obstaclesÂ (ropes,Â sand bags,Â Â bigÂ cinder blocksÂ weÂ ran upon)Â somewhatÂ tough toÂ masterÂ . Â
WeÂ madeÂ ourÂ way around theÂ 5k course, and encounteredÂ some of the following obstacles:Â Â small and large walls,Â a kettlebellÂ rope pulley,Â various cargo netsÂ toÂ ascend/descendÂ ,Â
blocks and sand bagsÂ Â to carryÂ aroundÂ circuits, a rope climb,Â Â crawlingÂ Â through and under various objects … fun stuff!Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
The trainingÂ weÂ had done at Hostyle over the past 6-12 monthsÂ faredÂ usÂ well.Â Â Shoulder & core strength was testedÂ on many obstacles -Â i.e.Â Â stepping over aÂ bigÂ fallenÂ tree branch whileholding a 15lb cement block;Â turning aÂ slippery corner while carrying a 15lb bag of sand;Â climbing aÂ 10ft wall with no foothold.Â Â Â
If a competitor could notÂ successfullyÂ Â overcomeÂ Â an obstacle, the “penalty” was 20 burpees.Â Â Running inÂ a constant quagmire of mud tested our legÂ endurance.Â Â The kettlebellÂ classes,Â
conditioning workouts andÂ countless burpeesÂ and crunchesÂ weÂ Â had doneÂ hadÂ Â usÂ fit andÂ readyÂ for all of it!Â Â Â
A huge thanksÂ toÂ theÂ coaches at HostyleÂ ConditioningÂ forÂ inflicting pain on us, pushing usÂ and getting usÂ fit, healthy and SPARTAN TOUGH!Â :-)Â Â Â Training forÂ the 2013 Spartan Sprint hasÂ begun!!Â Â Â
Nick,Â Rick, Rachel, Andrew, Karyn, TobinÂ &Â AnnÂ areÂ SPARTAN!
written by Ann Coros
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