After racing pretty hard yesterday, I wasn’t sure how things would go today.
I got ahead of Claude, Spartan World Champion x2 and Olympic biathlete, on the first climb by running as much as I could – and by narrowly escaping a heart attack.
She took back the lead heading down the other side of the mountain, but the terrain was neither steep nor technical, so I was able to stay with her. I saw her cross the balance beam to slack line combo I had failed twice to this point. Instead of slowing and carefully balancing, I took my husband’s advice and ran for the bell with all I had and thumped it with a triumphant “donk”.
Then I danced. Then I kept running.
I set up and launched my spear as I always do. But something different happened.
It went in.
The only two obstacles I’ve failed on this course behind me. Might this be my first race without penalty burpees?
After the hand hold traverse to long monkey bar combo, the course ran through the crowd of spectators before the big cargo and another big climb.
The crowd was absolutely thundering.
And the announcer said I was in first place.
Whoah. Really? Where’s Claude?
I had no idea she missed the bell on the end of the slack line and was 30 burpees back.
The crawl uphill was horrendous on the open wounds on my knees and hand from the fall yesterday but I managed to get through it.
I swore a bit but not nearly as much as I did when I landed that spear. And I pretty much always swear. I’m from Alberta.
I managed to hold Claude off up the final climb by running as much as I could. She was coming into the atlas carry (carry large stone, 5 burpees, carry back) as I was heading back down the mountain.
It didn’t take her long to overtake me on the technical and steep downhill section under the chair lift into the finish area. That lady flies on the gnarly decents.
But man, who cares… that was the best race ever.
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Congrats on the win! I look forward to following you! 🙂 It was my first Beast and second Spartan ever. My wife and I did the Ohio Sprint last year together. 🙂
I thought I did quite well for my first Beast with a time of 2:41. Looking forward to training specifically for it and running the Super and Sprint in PA. 🙂
You ladies rock! My wife said she watched each of you battle on the hill. Congrats on landing your spear and having zero penalties! I unfortuantely missed mine. Practice makes perfect!
Congrats again! I am going to post a review here in a few days of the Ohio Beast with a Spartan Race Free Entry giveaway.
That is incredible! It takes time to learn pacing and what not. Yeah, that darn spear. I guess practice helps but I must have shot a million and land them only occasionally. Maybe after two million! I am good at grunt work… all grit, no talent as my husband says!