Mack Cycle Sprint Tri recap

Posted: June 22, 2016 in Uncategorized

So for those who don’t know the distance on sprints can vary a bit I guess but this particular race was a quarter-mile swim, followed by a 10 mile bike ride, and then a 3.1 mile run (5k).  The swim was pretty easy as it was in the bay so water was for the most part pretty calm and not choppy.  The bike was kind of easy except for one big climb on a bridge that we had to go up and over twice.  The run was nice and flat and covered, the only hiccup was it was tight as it was an out and back so passing was tough on the path.

I decided to do this race while at work on Saturday night around 8PM.  I was feeling the need to compete and get a good push in before the weekend was through.  I really wanted to be in Dallas for the stadium race because stadiums are my favorite!!!  So I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t be there so this seemed like the next best option.  I got home from work around 11 and grabbed some dream water at 7 11 and tried to fall asleep before midnight.  Dream water usually always works well for me but this time it didn’t.  For some reason my mind was racing and I was thinking about strategy and I guess I was just really excited to wake up and race that I couldn’t fall asleep lol.  So needless to say I was up till about 2:30 with an alarm set for 4:40.  Yeah great start, but I had paid for the race and I am pretty cheap so no way was I letting a race entry go to waste.  I got up and out of the house by 5am and ended up in Miami around 6.  I was able to grab my packet and set up my transition area with plenty of time to stretch and get in the water for a warm up and say hello to a few friends I haven’t seen in a while.  So although I didn’t get very much sleep being there with time to warm up was a huge plus!

After a bunch a waves went off it came time for the Orange caps to head out.  It was a pretty tight start area with about 35 men.  I didn’t want to be too far to the front because swimming isn’t my strength but I didn’t want to be in the way back either so I settled into the middle of the pack.  The gun goes off and it was a bit of a crazy start as for some reason all the guys funneled into the same spot making it very difficult to get going for the first minute or two.  A few kicks here and there and we were on our way.  Two turns on this swim, it was out to a buoy and then a right turn, and then a good stretch to the next buoy with another right turn towards the shore.  Once I got to the first buoy I was able to get some room and get to work.  I was already behind and had lost some time due to a rough start.  I kept grinding till the 2nd buoy and made the turn for sure, at this point I kind of realized that I had been swimming with arms only and not kicking very much.  I was so worried about staying away from everyone and trying to navigate I didn’t put any thought into my swim stoke lol.  But with the shore straight ahead I picked up the pace and was able to finish strong.  Finished the swim in about 12th place out 35 in my AG.  Not good lol.

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Transition one, a short run from the shore into the transition area where I quickly rip my swim cap off and goggles and grab my shirt to dry my feet a bit before putting on my socks.  I struggle to get my bike off the rack for a few seconds, totally my fault.  I didn’t put it on there correctly.  I wanted to throw my Polar HR monitor on but I was a bit shaky and couldn’t get it on my body fast enough so I said screw it.  I do like to keep track of my HR during races and for after races but it wasn’t to be today.  So I grabbed a GU and an Oral IV for some quick nutrition and strap on the bike shoes and start running with my bike out of the transition area to the mounting area.  2+ minutes on this transition which was awful.  One of the last in my AG, and some of the best guys were under a minute.  Clearly need to work on transitions as a minute in a sprint race is a huge deal.

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I head out on the bike, I always seem to struggle to get both feet clipped in when first getting on the bike.  Always costs me a good 20 to 30 seconds and makes me look a little foolish as the transition area is where all the spectators are hanging around.  I actually just fell at this point during a triathlon in Oakland.  LOL .. I wasn’t moving and I couldn’t get my foot in the other clip and just fell over.  That was a bit embarrassing and didn’t feel so great on the hip.  Anyways off and rolling on the bike and I felt pretty good and energized.  They hit us with a pretty big bridge pretty quick.  I switch gears and grind up the bridge, which seemed to take forever but I kept telling myself I’ll get to fly down the other side.  Well up the bridge I got and down the bridge I went and within 30 yards of the end of the bridge they make us bang a u turn and head right back up.  So much for gaining some momentum on the downhill.  I had to almost come to a complete stop when turning around .. arrghh… So up the other side of the bridge and the only good thing was that this was the last climb, with the exception of a tiny little bridge a few miles later.  I got passed by a few of the elites in the international distance which was two laps of the bike course.  They did start a half hour before us, but I can see why these guys are so fast.  They absolutely crush the bike.  I’ll blame a little bit of it on equipment, as some of these guys have more money invested in their bike than I have invested in my car.  Good for them but I still need to work on the biking aspect of this race because it’s the biggest part of a triathlon.  I finish up the bike at around 30 minutes, just under 20 mph.  On a different bike with a hilly course and twice the distance in Oakland I was able to average a better pace.  So I know I need work but I could def use a more expensive bike.  I finished 16th in my AG on the bike.  My only saving grace I got going here is that I know running is my strongest asset.

Roll into transition and rip off the helmet and bike shoes and throw in my Salming Speed shoes.  These shoes are built for short to medium distances and are super light.  I grab another GU and another Oral IV, which took 3 tries because I put my empties in the same part as the full ones.  So I literally started running and then went back twice which cost me another 20/30 seconds lol.  All my fault, preparation is key in triathlons, losing all these valuable seconds here and there add up.  So I toss on my shorts that already have the bib pinned to them and head out on my way.  I didn’t know it at the time but looking at the times I was in 10th place in my age group heading into the run.  Needed top 3 to get a podium spot.

I head out on the run which had a few sharp turns in the first 20 yards and a wet sandy beach crossing and then we hit the trail.  I start picking people off and I am cruising at about a 6:45 pace.  I can see guys on the other side and I can see the ages of the other men on their calf.  So every time I see a guy in that 30-34 group I pick it up a bit and make sure to pass him with confidence so that he knows he’s not catching me.  I wasn’t pushing super hard, I wanted to get to the turn and then pick it up a bit.  Running by me on the other side was Indy car driver Tony Kanaan, who has become quite the athlete and has appeared on ANW and has done a bunch of tris.  Pretty cool, but anyways back to my run.  I hit the turn and pick up my pace a bit to about a 6:30 pace with only a little over a mile to go.  One of the international guys blows by me at what must have been a sub 6 pace.  I tried to stick with him for about 20 seconds but that was just not gonna happen today.  I head for the stretch and see a camera guy so I slow down for a few seconds and make sure to get a good smile in.

And then its the last half mile and I start to put some space in between me and any other runners.  There was a woman about 30 yards behind me and nobody else.  I kept looking back to make sure nobody was closing.  I hate to be passed at the end, I pride myself on strong finishes no matter what place I am in.  And I wanted a finish line photo without anyone else in it. haha .. Everyone loves their pictures and I won’t be one to deny that.  I hit a little zig zag and then its about a tenth of a mile to the finish.  Sometimes I close my eyes and just run as I try and control the breathing.

I pick it up to a sprint pace with people cheering and the announcer saying my name as I hit the finish and I blow right through the finishing area.  They never leave enough room for people like me in those corrals.  And the good thing about these smaller races is the announcers just look up names as your finishing so it’s pretty cool when they announce that you are finishing.  Just in case you needed a little more juice for your finish.

I took a few minutes grabbed some food and water and tried to replenish my system as fast as possible knowing I had a 13 hour workday ahead of me.  Then I head over to the scoring table and what do you know, 3rd place!  I’ll admit it was one of the weaker age groups judging off of the times and the top 2 in my age smoked me by 7+ minutes but for me it’s my first Podium at a Triathlon ever.   uUnfortunately I wasn’t able to stay to get the picture up there (#tragic) because I had to be at work.  So despite all the things I did wrong I kept pushing throughout the race and managed to pass enough people during the run to secure a spot on the podium.  I have a lot to learn still but I do love what tris have to offer and can’t tell you how much fun they really are.  A few days later I also got an email saying I qualified for the age group championships for finishing in the top 10% of my age group.  Double win haha .. I’ll take the positive momentum and can’t wait to hit the next one!

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Salming Elements OCR Shoe

Posted: June 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

So I wanted to go ahead and write a review for the shoe I have been using in 2016.  I have used many different shoes in my OCR career so I wanted to get 3 or 4 races under my belt wearing these shoes before I gave a review.  This pic below is after 7+ races and many many training sessions.. and also have been through the washing machine.

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I have come to the conclusion that these are the best OCR shoes I have ever run in!

One thing that really stands out is the durability.  As compared to other brands like the Reeboks these shoes are built to last.  Now these shoes are def heavier than the reeboks but not by a lot but the protection they provide as compared to other shoes that may be lighter is well worth it.  And in a day were shoes are upwards of $150 a pair you need shoes that will last more than 3 or 4 races.  We all know that races aren’t cheap so we need to save money when we can.  I have washed these shoes in the washer and used them for 7+ races and many training sessions and they are still like new.  A+  on durablity

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I mentioned the protection they provide is unreal.  They have a roc shield on the front and the back.  I have run in Montana with these and one of the things that I hated about the Spartan shoes was the beating my feet would take from branches and rocks.  That doesn’t happen with these shoes.  This adds to the durability of the shoe and allows you to run with confidence throughout the race.  The protection is top of the line and I don’t ever walk away from a race with banged up feet.  A+++ on protection.

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As far as holding water they don’t drain as well as the Spartan shoes or some other brands.  But by no means to they hold water.  The Reebok Spartan shoes drain like no other but you sacrifice protection and durability for the outstanding drainage.  So unless you can afford a new pair of shoes every other race its no question your gonna take a little less drainage in exchange for foot protection and the durability of the shoe.  And these days water and mud seems to be making less and less appearances in races.  Drainage B+

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The exo skeleton of the shoe is designed to protect as well.  It stabilizes the foot in lateral movements and relieves pressure at the MTP joints.  This is extremely helpful in OCR races as we twist and turn though trails.  These will help stabilize, reduce friction, and reduce impact and help prevent us from nasty sprained ankles as well.  A+ on exo skeleton

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The Grip on the bottom of the shoe is fantastic as well.  Its a light weight outsole featuring 8mm compound high lugs which provide great grip on wet rocks and on dry surfaces and just about on any type of ground wet or dry.  No slipping out there if it rains, these shoes were built to go just about anywhere on any surface.  A on grip!

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The toe box is designed to have more room in order to allow your toes to land properly.  This is a big reason why I ran in Brooks for many years, at least on the road.  Especially when running and our feet tend to swell the open toe box is a huge asset to have.

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So to wrap it up, these shoes are fantastic.  Reasonably priced at around $140 and I can get you a 20% (Patrolia20) .. The best thing about these shoes is by far the durablity and the protection they provide out there.  They are really light as well and have a 4mm drop.  I know zero drop is the popular thing but unless you have the time to train your feet into a zero drop shoes this is an easy decision.  It’s still just a small drop.  And they are built to last, I highly reccomend these shoes to anyone on the OCR circuit.

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On a side note they also make road shoes that are just as good as their OCR shoes.  They have shoes built for distance and shoes built for speed but they make an overall great shoe so if you were looking for a road shoe as well this could be a one stop shop for all your running needs!

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If you have any other questions feel free to email me or hit me up on IG or FB

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Thanks for reading!!

Beet Elite

Posted: June 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

So let’s talk about Beet Elite.  Beet Elite is another supplement that I use on a daily basis.  I remember when Beet Elite first hit the scene I was living in NYC and I was training for the Vermont World Championship race, Erica and I would get up every morning and we would go to a juice cart and spend $7 on a fresh squeezed beet juice to get that nitric oxide boost in me.  It got quite expensive to say the least.  That’s when I turned to Beet Elite.

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Literally every morning I wake up and stumble into the kitchen and the first thing I do is mix a shot of cayenne pepper with some tumeric and swig that down the hatch, followed by a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and then finally a packet of Beet Elite.  It has become part of my life and part of my daily routine.  But with all supplements we need to be careful and we need to understand what they are.  Beet Elite isn’t going to take you from a 30 minute 5k to a 20 minute 5k just because you are taking it.  That requires a lot of hard work and dedication, but Beet Elite can help you get there.

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This is direct from their website

“Nitric oxide supports athletic performance in three key ways. It dilates blood vessels to deliver more nutrients to working muscles. And it can enhance the number of mitochondria (the microscopic “power plants” found in every cell) to produce more energy.

At Neogenis®, our scientists understand the mechanisms that effectively metabolize nitrate to N-O. In our patented technology we not only utilize those systems, we also make them more efficient. That’s why we can deliver the N-O power of several beets in one convenient, concentrated shot.”

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It’s marketed as a pre workout but I find taking it on a daily basis has a greater effect for me.  Leading up to a race I will take 2 packets on the Friday before the race, once right when I wake up and once at about 6 or 7 o’clock.  I know that may sound crazy but I want that boost in my system as I am sleeping and no it doesn’t keep me up.  And then I hit one in the morning about an hour before the race.  I don’t like taking it to close to the start as I don’t like having a belly full of liquid.  I find that a good hour before the race is just about perfect and when the race starts I am feeling fabulous.  It also helps with vasularity as well 🙂

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The other good thing about this product is the taste, for those who don’t like that earthy dirt kind of taste that comes with juicing beets, this product has a black cherry flavor.  Much easier to get down the hatch.  It’s also a hell of a lot more convenient than trying to juice your own stuff every morning.  If you ever have done juicing it can be quite messy and the cleanup is very time-consuming to say the least.

In short I recommend this product for daily use to help increase energy, blood flow (yes gentlemen, it can help), endurance and overall health.

 

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Oral IV

Posted: June 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

I wanted to take a moment to write about my experience with Oral IV.  I have been using Oral IV for almost 3 years.  I wouldn’t race without it under any circumstances.  Not only has it become part of my race day routine, it has become part of my daily routine.

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Hydration is important to everyday health as well as race performance.  So let’s talk about what Oral IV is and what it isn’t.  Oral IV helps your water work more efficient, it does not replace electrolytes or water.  It is designed to help at the cellular level and help your body take in water more efficiently and utilize it better.

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The biggest benefit I find when using Oral IV is that I am well hydrated and don’t need to take in as much water during any given race therefore avoiding water stops when I don’t need it saving valuable time during half marathons or OCR races.  Also there is nothing worse than running with a belly full of water and Oral IV can help prevent that by eliminating that need to take in so much water.  Now everybody is going to be different but the main function of the product is to allow you stay better hydrated throughout your race.  Keep in mind that what you do in the days leading up to the race will have an effect on your hydration as well, so don’t think you can avoid water because you have Oral IV.  You should plan out your hydration strategy in the week leading up to the race.  Start drinking more water that week so when race day comes you will be good to go especially with the help of Oral IV.

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I have accidentally put the product to the test on many occasions.  I can remember a specific incident when we were living in San Francisco Erica and I went out for a spontaneous hike.  Nothing too crazy but it was about 5 miles round trip with about 1,500 feet of elevation gain.  We didn’t have any product on us but we drank some water and went out on the hike anyways.  Within the first 2 miles I remember struggling a bit and looking a Erica and seeing how she was doing, and I could see she was struggling a bit as well.  We both needed water and looked at each other and said i guess this is what it feels like without using Oral IV.  Now you may say it could have been a multitude of different reasons for our dehydration and all that and that’s fine.  But this product has helped me get through hangovers as well as battle some severe cramps out on course.

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So to sum up what the product, it will help you stay hydrated out there on course especially during those really hot races.  I recommend this product to anyone for any kind of use.  It’s safe for kids, dogs and is all natural.  It’s quick and easy to use during a race and doesn’t take up much room anywhere.

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Austin Super Spartan Race

Posted: June 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

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My week began like normal with my regular training schedule on Monday when I received an email from Atlas Race saying they had cancelled their event.  This was kind of disappointing to me as I was looking forward to seeing their new set up, but what can you do.  My original plan was to do the Atlas sprint on Saturday and then drive over to Austin to do the Sunday sprint.  Now I had the option of running both the Super on Saturday and the Sprint on Sunday down in Austin.  I really wasn’t ready to log 15 miles that weekend and was more excited about the 2 shorter races.  I figured I would decide Friday night whether or not I would race.  I loaded up on Oral IV and doubled up on Friday so that I would be ready for the longer distance if I decided to run.  The reason I was considering taking Saturday off is that I was coming off five straight weekends of racing and was pretty beat up from all the travel and racing.

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Needless to say Friday night rolls around and I obviously decide I’m going to race because I was already here and what the heck else was I going to do.  I just like to be dramatic sometimes too.  The day got off to a rough start as I woke up a little later than I would’ve liked.  Erica and I park the car and my usual process is to head to the reg tent and get registered and then run back to the car and change.  Well we take the 5 min walk down to what turned out to be the bus stop!  ughhh… So we quickly realize we have to go back to the car and take our bag with us, so we run back up to the car on this rocky uphill road grab our stuff and then run back down to the bus.  We finally get to the venue and I get registered and I have about 15 minutes to get ready for the race.  So I hit the bathroom one more time then lace up my Born2run trail shoes.  I try to bounce around for a few minutes to get my blood flowing but there just isn’t enough time to do too much.  So I give Erica a kiss and hop the wall to the start line.  I am one of the last guys over the wall and I try to get as close to the starting line as possible but ultimately end up about 4 or 5 rows back.  Which I’m ok with considering it’s a Super and I knew I’d have plenty of time to make my way around the crowd if need be.  I quickly scout the start line to see who’s there, I see David Tate who when healthy is very fast and we have both beaten each other on a few occasions.  I also see Beni Gifford, Nathan Palmer, Richard Smith, Yancy Culp, and Matt Willis to name a few others.  I was expecting to see Michael mark there as well but come to find out later he didn’t get to the venue on time.  I quickly realize I have a legitimate shot to win this race and the nerves immediately kick in.  I was glad I was late to the start line as I only had a few minutes to think about it haha.

Aroo Aroo Aroo And we go!

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A decent size pack starts out in the front as I work my way to get close in what was a pretty open first half mile.  We then quickly spread out and David Tate is in the lead with Beni in 2nd.  We hit a single track trail and I see David putting some space between him and Beni and I remember passing Beni saying “if we let him get too far out in front we will never see him again”, so I made an early move and stuck on David’s hip for a while.  He looked very strong and I was unsure how long I would be able to hang with him.  David and I then get to the only confusing part of the course and take a wrong turn until finally the 3rd and 4th place guy yell at us to go back that way.  It’s very frustrating to go from 1st and 2nd, to 3rd and 4th because we missed a marking, but that is OCR at its finest and it was still very early in the race.  The spear throw came up pretty early in this race, maybe around the 2 mile mark.  I get there 3rd and the 1st place guy misses is his spear and the 2nd place guy takes his time, so I quickly seize the opportunity nailing my spear.  I actually think all 3 guys miss their spear, but needless to say I hit it and just start running down into the trail and it was a bit of a downhill which is my specialty.  I quickly try to put as much space between me and the rest of the pack as I can.  This is the last time I would see another racer until the bucket carry.

I try to keep my pace up as I have a pretty good lead and I don’t want to let this opportunity go.  I continue to push over slippery, rocky terrain that could take out any racer at any time.  At about the 5 mile mark I pop another Oral IV and a GU to make sure my energy and hydration stay on point.  I got to the sandbag carry, which went through a 2 foot deep creek which made it tough to navigate because you couldn’t see where you were stepping.  20150516222801

But I got through it without falling fortunately.  The volunteer actually told me I was in 2nd, which confused me, but it turned out that somebody got lost and took a shortcut.  Then I hit the Z wall with relative ease followed by a barbed wire crawl.  And then there was this pipe we had to crawl up, I was too big to fit in it so basically had to drag my body up this enclosed pipe by my forearms for about 40 feet.  Very uncomfortable and not for anyone that may be claustrophobic.   By the time I get to mile 7/8ish I am just trying not to make a mistake when I see the Tyrolean Traverse.  Had I known this was in the race I would have worn a shirt as I like to go on the top of the rope but not at the price of a scar on my chest.  I climb up on the rope and feel it out and thank Spartan for putting together a solid obstacle.  The rope was nice and tight and I was still able to drag myself across to the bell without tearing apart my chest.  When this obstacle is loose it becomes very bouncy and makes it much more difficult to stay on top of the rope, but needless to say this was solid and I hit the bell and give myself a quick little “F yeah, let’s finish this”.

Probably a little less than 2 miles to go at this point and I am feeling the past weeks of racing.  I get to the drag and pull the sled to the pole and get up to drag it back to the starting position when the volunteer tells me I was doing it wrong.  I try to tell him that no way is that the case, nor does it make sense.  Fortunately the RD was there to clarify for me and I am able to get through the obstacle.   The RD then tells me I have a huge lead.  Those were very comforting words at the time, but I didn’t want to let up too much with about a mile left.   I come up to the bucket carry and it was a relatively easy carry straight up a hill and back down.  I fill my bucket and chug along.  I get to the turn around and set it down for a second and sit on it and tell myself you got 15 seconds to gather yourself.  I pick the bucket back up and head down.  I’m pretty excited at this point and I like to run with the bucket on my hip sometimes.  So I start to run a bit down and hit a slick and fall on my butt as well as dumping every last rock out of my bucket.  Felt like it happened in slow motion uggh.  I stare at it for about 10 seconds and just look at it like you got to be kidding me.  I was also the first racer to get to the bucket carry so there aren’t any rocks in sight besides what I spilled.  So I start to fill my bucket back up, literally digging up rocks to make sure my bucket is full enough.  The volunteers are looking up at me and must have been laughing as I panic to re fill my bucket.  But needless to say after losing a good 2 minutes I get back up and head on down.  As I get back down to dump my bucket I see Yancy Culp.  I was happy for him to see him in 2nd place and still knew I had probably a 30 burpee lead on him if I needed it.  So I wasn’t concerned knowing there is only about a 1/2 mile left in the race.  I turn the corner and head down the stretch run.

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At this point I am trying to take it all in as I can now hear the music from the festival.  I know there is a flurry of obstacles at the finish, but none that worry me very much.  I come up to the slip wall and the crowd starts to cheer.  Not that it was some huge crowd, but it was a loud Texas crowd and kind of gave me goose bumps as I went up an over the slip wall and onto the cargo bridge next.

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I climb up and I can see the finish from here with only 3 obstacles standing in my way.  Down the cargo bridge I go and over to the hoist and start pulling.  I get the hoist up and set it down nice and easy so I don’t get called out for burpees.  Then comes the swing, and Kevin Donoghue is yelling at me telling me that I must not land before the white line or its burpees.  So I get up there pull the rope towards me and just go, clearing the white line easily and onto the last real challenge before the finish line, the rope climb.  Now I’ll say this Spartan did a good job with the order of obstacles because when I got to the rope climb my grip was pretty shot.  Couple that with the fact it was a wet day along with knotless ropes it was more challenging than most rope climbs to say the least.   I get in the water and jump up and grab the rope as high as I can.  Not to take any chances I quickly go to the J hook technique.  I get closer and closer to the bell and then I am one pull away and I’m there.  I kind of take a second and look at the bell and give myself a verbal pat on the back and hit that bell nice and loud.  I can still hear the crowd cheering as I drop from about halfway down the rope into the water.  At this point it’s a done deal, I have to get through a dunk wall and fire jump and I win the race.  Kevin is there to give me a high-five and point to the finish line and says “you know what that is over there” I look back at him too tired to respond and he says “that’s the finish line, where Spartan Champions go” this put a little more pep in my step.

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And then I see my good friend and Spartan photographer Todd Marti.  Todd is one of my favorite people in the Spartan community and I have known him and his son for a few years now.  Todd always takes great shots (pretty much all the pics seen here) so not only am I going to get a W, I know I will have some epic pictures to go with it.  And we all know I love my pictures.  Don’t we all?

So now I’m just soaking it all in and down the rolling mud I go and under the dunk wall.  I come up out of the water and shake my head of like some sort of swimsuit model with a full head of hair.  I open my eyes back up and there it is, the finish line!

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I slowly get up out of the water and again the cheers from the crowd were so incredible as I hit the fire jump.  A fire jump which had some water on the other side that could have been two feet or ten feet deep.  I didn’t know how deep it was and I didn’t care.  I jumped over that fire as high as I could into depths unknown and splash down into the water almost doing a cannonball.

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Shake off the water and see Erica (who didn’t run that day because we didn’t get her registered in time) waiting for me.  I cross the finish line with a huge smile on my face and look at her and give her the “I did it”.  Similar to Rocky except I didn’t take the microphone and go “Yo Erica, We did it” haha.

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I then gave her a big exhausted hug, I think I could’ve fallen asleep right there in her arms.  Many emotions going through my head at this very second and I was happy to have her there to enjoy this particular moment with me.

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What a race, and what a feeling for me to be on top.  It has been a huge goal of mine to win a race for quite some time now.  It’s something that can never be taken away from me.  The thing that got me the most was all of the messages and comments I received on FB, IG, and texts.  It was really overwhelming to see the support I had from the Spartan community and all off the genuine happiness people felt for me.  For the next week I kept received texts and messages all congratulating me.  It really REALLY meant the world to me and I can’t tell you how thankful I am to have all the support from everybody and to be a part of the OCR world.  Thank you guys so much!!!

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And I thought I would throw this little tidbit in.  In my flurry to get to the start line I got undressed by the bathroom and left my shirt and my sweet athletics8 hoodie just hanging there for 3 hours.  I love Texas though, nobody touched it and it was still there waiting for me once I realized what I had done.  Thanks Austin!

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