I had my second mud/obstacle race this past weekend (full report pending). I had a lot of fun, more so than the first one, but I think a lot of it had to do with my awesome team. While it wasn’t perfect, I did some things better this time and learned even more for next.
What I Did Well
Instead of using my sports glasses, which distorted my vision last time and made it difficult for me to track quick movements, I used a Croakies retainer on my regular workout glasses. My glasses didn’t budge once and I didn’t have any problems on the multi-level terrain.
I relaxed and had fun, even when I blew the first obstacle and tore up my hands (which made some of the wall obstacles impossible). I didn’t beat myself up too much – okay, I did cry for a minute after it happened but I moved on and didn’t let it ruin the race.
I pushed as hard as I could. There was one obstacle called the Spider Wall which was a multi-level climbing wall over a pit of water (unknown depth). I was able to complete it even though it hurt like crazy and, apparently, I’m a touch afraid of heights. I had to really push myself to move my hands down from the higher hand holds so I could move my feet to descend on the other side of the water hazard. It was a mental and physical challenge for me and I’m proud to say I did it.
What I Need to Improve
Core, balance, arm strength. Man, even though I’ve been working on these areas, it is very clear that I have a LONG way to go. Our team wants to do the Spartan Trifecta next year so I really need to step up my game!
Hydration. I drank at the aid stations on the course but I didn’t have my water bottle with me at the finish and there was no water to be found. I did have a (large) beer but I was definitely a bit dehydrated. I downed a large glass of apple juice as soon as I could but it was too little, too late. I should never assume that there will be water at the finish. I should also keep a throw-away bottle with me at the start. It’s not a good thing to feel thirsty at the start.
Post-race nutrition. I attended a birthday party with Little Runner and then a neighborhood movie party that afternoon and evening and I ate items that were very much off my plan (plus, had another drink and a jell-o shot). I paid DEARLY for it the next day. Between my hands, my head, and my stomach, my long run for Sunday did not happen. I now need to play catch-up on my miles.
This was my last organized obstacle event for this year and that’s probably a good thing. I would like to continue my training on the local course since it’s great cross-training but I don’t want to tempt the fate of a broken something or other this close to GO time. 46 days…