15 races done and about 4 more to go. I say that like no big deal. Lol I have completed three more Spartans so 7 out of 9 complete. Really looking forward to the end of them after busting my butt improving on times and overcoming more obstacles. I really gotta figure out my mindset when it comes to the multi rig and monkey bars to get through. My brain automatically tells me I can't and well I can't. Time to step up my training more and trying to overcome those ones. So with all those races and life I haven't had much time to sit down and get this blog post finished and posted.
As as I sit here on my really early morning commute into work on the train and am sitting next to a grown guy that's been eating everything under the sun but the gross part he wipes his nose on the seat beside him. I figured stuff like this happened but wanted to stay oblivious to it. Now the gross thought is in my head and I want to disinfect my body now. Lol The early morning commute has been interesting but more so the one going home. The train is an interesting setting... you see everything. Everything from the male chauvinist that pushes women and children out of the way so he can sit in a seat. I also see random acts of kindness that makes me smile and know there is still good in this crazy chaotic world. As the saying goes "be the change you wish to see in the world".
My last five races were Mud Hero in Red Deer, Calgary Spartan Sprint, new and gotta say AWESOME X-Warrior Challenge, Red Deer Spartan Super and Sprint. Mud Hero was a blast with my friend Kristen and her son. We had a great Mom/Son race and it was neat to do that with our boys. It was getting hot that day but my asthma was so awesome. I found the hills are becoming more easy and seeing small improvements is pretty cool. It was her son's first race and I have enjoyed getting to know that amazing lady and seeing her strength in her new love of this amazing sport of OCR. But then all the amazing ladies I race with blow me away at their strength and determination. The love of this sport has brought us all together and I couldn't imagine life without them all in it.
Calgary Spartan Sprint was fun with my girls. The race itself was OK... the change in the in the rules before we started and other things made for a cranky race. Western Canadian Spartans are not consistent plus I thought some of the setup was slightly dangerous. Also lack of planning and organization isn't helping them much either. They have been doing these for a few years now you think they would get better at it not worse. I have done enough of these races here and in the US to know what works and what doesn't and I rather race in the US. I have decided not to run any up here next year. Now I might with friends who haven't done many and go to help them along the way but not on a more serious level.
X-Warrior was so amazing and fun... after a disappointing race in Calgary it renewed my love of the OCR sport. Brought back my enthusiasm again. For being the first ever race it was the best race... sure a little tweaking needs to happen but to have majorly of things run smooth was awesome. Great course layout and awesome obstacles. Was even nice to run a race without mud for once. I can't believe I said that but I am a little mudded out. lol
Went up to Red Deer and completed the Spartan Super and Sprint. I gotta say I still love the location for these ones. Some things in general I don't like as they are making some obstacles more dangerous by putting them after water and mud obstacles. But over all love racing there and the course layout. The Sprint my son and his friend joined me and at the Herc hoist my son couldn't continue on due to hypothermia. He was taken off the course and put in the ambulance to warm up. He was in good hands but still scared me. I gotta say though I ran my fastest part of the race after to finish and see how he was doing. But also I was frozen and wanted to warm up myself. Happy to have had them done and had a blast with my friends as always.
Now I am onto two Spartan Beasts.... the hard ones at the end of this all. lol Heading to Sun Peaks on the 24th and then back to Seattle October 21st. First beast ever there and excited to see how they set it up. Kind of ironic that I started my races there and I finish there. I do love Seattle though so any excuse to go there I am all for it. I am going solo and will be weird to go there without my son.
In Sun Peaks I will be bringing home my double Spartan trifecta, my son will finish his first Spartan trifecta and Seattle will be my triple Spartan Trifecta. Very fitting since this is my third year doing Spartans and my last year of going hard.
Next year new goals and challenges and not racing so much. Time I get my social life back a bit and do more hiking. I won't not race as I am too addicted but am finally slowing down and letting my rest up.
So will post some race pics and write another blog post after surviving the Sun Peaks Beast.
Until next time (wish me luck lol)...
Hahaha I have had that song stuck in my head all week. It's a bit of joke at work. This new change in schedule with work I love but my sleep hasn't figured things out yet. Plus mother nature was noisy one night this week and that seems to set me back.
Race #10 was completed last Saturday and was a complete and total blast. Rugged Maniac keeps proving to making things better and this year was the best it's been. Loved the location and the setup. It was sooo much fun my son and I are signed up next year already. If you haven't you gotta register for it. Here is the Link for Rugged Maniac Calgary and you can even join our team too. We had a big group this year. I can't say enough good things about it. I love having fun with my friends on the course and not taking things so serious or rushed. Was a fun relaxing race.
This weekend heading up to Red Deer on Sunday to race at Mud Hero. This will be my 4th year there.... it's always a good time and will be for fun again. Looking forward to the road trip up with a friend and her son... our Mom/Son Race Road Trip day!! Can't wait.
The following weekend racing back in Calgary at the Spartan Sprint.... lets hope this year has much better weather then last year. It's not my favorite race site at all. But will get it done so I can get this triple spartan trifecta. My son will be at the finish handing medals out while I race then I will join him. So say HI when you see us! :)
I get a weekend off of racing but then going to the first ever stadium race in Calgary for X-Warrior. Excited to see what that is all about. Can I just say I love this stuff and so lucky to be able to be doing these things. Love living my life on my terms and making memories with my son along the way. Not only is my asthma doing much better but my body is as well. So far we are doing well together with training and listening to each other.... lets hope it holds out for my harder Spartans later on.
Until Next time...
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