I survived the Apocalypse, but only barely. The Dead End Race on Sunday, August 30th taught me one thing. I’d be dead in less than an hour if the zombies were actually chasing me so it’s time to re-focus my training and get stronger and more agile. This was race number 18 for me this year, and to be fully honest, I’m exhausted. My body is not fully recovered from the amount of racing I’m doing and it’s catching up with me.
In my race review on Obstacle Racing Media I call this the hardest OCR in Canada. With a 50% elite completion stat you can only begin to understand why. Many of the obstacles were nothing new but there were spins on some that made it interesting. Have you ever seen a hanging ladder monkey bars? A warp wall with a slats of wood (ladder style) to climb up and over after getting yourself up the wall? A traverse wall with chains? There were definitely great innovations on the tried and true obstacles that we see at so many races.
The rest of my blog will cover things I didn’t get to in my review on ORM. Now I get to add the more personal elements better suited to my blog. I am 100% in a love / hate relationship with this race. It was hard enough to make me loose my elite band, exhausting enough that my body wasn’t able to handle it but had some amazing obstacles that I felt so proud of tackling and a slip and slide for fun! I’m always able to find the positives!
We started the day with the 9am elite heat. I chose to race in this division because I’m striving for better and I wanted to get a head start on the day. I knew I was going to lose my elite band along the way but I wanted to try my hardest to not loose it for as long as possible. I’m always trying to better myself and love competing. I was doing really well on course. I lined up at the back of the heat. I even got to chatting with a Twitter follower on course who recognized me so that was super cool. On the first incline wall in the forest I met a girl from my hometown, Ottawa, named Jen. We became quick friends and were going at the same pace so we made a pact to do this race together. I got a 12 foot wall in the forest with ladder slats on top and felt great! We then hit our first true obstacle, the Atlas wall. It was our nemesis. The wall didn’t even look that challenging. We couldn’t figure out if we were just gassed, had on slippery shoes or were just not attacking it properly.
The look of determination says it all. This is maybe my 5th or 6th try. Looking at this photo I also need to learn how to run up a wall as I can see myself pressing back off the wall vs. running up. I’m ok that this wall took me down. Now I know what I need to work on and truth be told. I need more practice on something like this.