I can officially say that I am a SPARTAN!! I have been wanting to complete a Spartan Race for the last 2 years now but due to life being too busy (being pregnant pushed these goals back a bit ;)) it never happened. I even signed up for the Monterey Beast in 2013 but when I found out I was pregnant there was no way it was going to happen. And then it was the sleepless nights that kept me away from registering (thank goodness he has decided sleeping though the night is a good thing!! It only took 10 1/2 months lol). Luckily I have an awesome group of campers at the boot camp I teach in the mornings and we all decided we would tackle the AT&T Park Spartan Sprint as a team.
We ended up with an amazing team of 20 people and had campers that represented each of our four locations. Everyone was super excited and we were all ready to get going. Needless to say I had a huge knot in my stomach and felt like I was going to be sick (dang nerves get me every time I do something new!).
All I have to say is STAIRS!! We went up and down so many stairs I lost count. Someone mentioned basically covering the whole stadium, which I feel like we did. There were some awesome obstacles and some obstacles that totally kicked my butt. And one of those was the Jerry Jug, were you carried approximately 45 pounds of water down the stairs, across and then back up the stairs. Man, my forearms were burning after that one.
Oh and then there were the crazy tall walls. No, I wasn’t able to make it up on my own. I got the help of an awesome teammate and definitely realized I need to work on my upper body strength. Oh and I recommend to work on your grip strength. That was one of the hardest parts for me and needless to say I purchased a grip strengthener (this is the one I bought and I got Level 1) on Amazon as soon as I got home from the race!
We all finished smiling, proud and exhausted. Would we do it again?!?! HELL YEAH!! We are actually signed up for the Sacramento Spartan Sprint in October. We were debating on the Super but decided we wanted to get the experience of an outdoor (non-stadium) Spartan. Plus it will help us prepare for the Monterey Beast next year. Oh Yes! We are hooked
And next year I am personally going to complete the Trifecta!! I will be racing the Monterey Beast, AT&T Park Sprint and Sacramento Super. I love a challenge and completing that definitely will be!!