Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vermont (Ultra)Beast

I decided it would be a wonderful idea to sign up for an ultrabeast Spartan race.  That's 26+ miles, 50+ obstacles.  I figured I could complete it, it was just the clock that had me worried.  If we didn't make certain time cut-off points, we wouldn't be allowed to finish.  And that would be sad.  Then, I found out that the person that designed the hellish Wintergreen course was designing the ultra course.  I may have cried a lot bit.  This race was in Killington, Vermont, so we kinda turned it into a mini vacation, and Jordan was awesome and was on Sophia detail on race day.  

I picked up my packet the day before the race, and got a look at the course.
Picture from the parking lot.

And another.

And yet another.  This may or may not have been when I started doubting my sanity....

Did I mention that Killington is a ski resort?  No?  And that it has double black diamond slopes?  Yeah....it does.  More than one.  The race started with about 100 yards of a gentle downhill, then a giant f*** you, go climb this double black diamond slope.  And that's about how the race went.  I did manage to figure out the Spartan theory of relativity:  what goes down must go up!  And, we were convinced they had wormholes at the top of the hills; we swore there was no more up, but we turn a corner, and we have to climb the mountain again!  Where did that come from!?  

The good news was that I found a friend for the last little bit, and we finished together.  Well, sorta finished.  We only finished one loop; the ultra was supposed to finish two loops.  I was darn proud of my one loop.  I didn't die, drown, or puke.  That's a success in my book.  I even completed the spear throw and traverse wall for the first time ever.
Barb wire crawl (2 of 3, I think?)

Go under the wall

You thought you were done?  HA!  Climb this hill, though all these fallen trees and such.

Action shot of the last obstacle!

Me and my new friend!

Some of the views

They're the only good thing about climbing all those blessed hills

Start of the sandbag carry.  This is the same as the third picture; carry a 50lb sandbag around the loop.

Entering water for some obstacle....probably the go-under-the-wall one.

Will I do this again?  Yes.  Just maybe not next year.  I need time to train, and my schedule does not currently allow for the time necessary to train adequately.  I will finish this stupid race one day!  A big thanks to Jordan for doing most of the driving home, and for entertaining Sophia all day on race day with no car...no easy feat!

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