I feel like I’ve been running Spartan races for years but this was actually my first Spartan Sprint! In 2014 I ran my first Spartan race and chose the Ottawa Super distance after being injured for the Toronto Sprint. This was also a first time event for Spartan! I traveled to the event with my Alpha Obstacle Training partner & friend Richard Lee Yuen. Early Saturday morning Rich and I got up and got ready to race. We got ourselves down to deck 3 to grab the first tender boat over to the island. We arrived shortly before 9 and had an hour to walk around and find the lay of the land before our elite heat started.
For me this race had my nerves on edge as I had no idea how my body would handle racing in the heat. Would MS symptoms like numbness, tingling & hand tremors come on? At what point in the race might this happen? And how do I avoid it? As I’ve written about before the team at TechNiche International are taking care of me. I had two kinds of vests with me in a cooler bag. So I had to drop my cooling vest bag at the medic tent for safe keeping. I wore my KewlFit vest to stay cool while walking around and left my HyperKewl vest (which I had activated with water on the boat) & extra ice packs for the KewlFit vest (to swap out after the race) in the medic area as it was shady and they would have it in case anything happened to me on course. I got to meet all the medics and they were alerted that I have MS. It was slightly embarrassing but I felt good knowing they could take care of me if need be. From there Rich & I found the starting line, the bag check & a shaded picnic table area where competitors were gathering. We said hi to Christopher Rutz from Tough Training & Richard Diaz from Diaz Human Performance and watched elite & open heat athletes gather. I took a ready to race photo! I’m grateful for Mizuno Canada for outfitting my bottom half in capris, compression socks & Wave Kazan trail shoes.