This past weekend I participated in the Spartan Race in Boise, Idaho. The race was a sprint and was around 4.5 miles with 22 obstacles. I ended up finishing 10th overall, 9th in mens and 1st in my age group. The race was similar to the 2016 Boise Sprint, with the steep hills and a similar route. All in all it was a fun and challenging race.
I would say that the endurance was the most difficult part for me. The hills really caught me off guard. Living in Davis, I don’t have much exposure to hill training, which was my major downfall for this race. Last year I felt most of the pain in my legs when going up the hills. Yet, this time the pain was in my chest. My sprained ankle recently flared up again and I had to decrease my training a bit. The reduced training definitely hurt my endurance. It was mainly the hills that really separated the front of the pack from the rest.
In this race I attempted to stay with the front of the pack at the start. However, I felt like my cardio would be compromised if I went too hard. Eventually, I fell back a few places, which cost me from racing at the higher pace of the front of the pack. I just need to recreate this more often in my training.
One obstacle I am very happy I completed was the Spearman throw. However, most of the people in front of me also completed it. But, it was still nice to not have to do those 30 burpees.
A huge weight was lifted off my shoulders when I completed this one. I made sure to aim a little higher than last time. Also, I put more power in my throw.
Barbed Wire Crawl
I felt great through this obstacle. The terrain went up and down which allowed me to crawl sometimes. Whenever I reached the top of a mound I would throw myself over and use my momentum to roll to the next one. Also, whenever I got dizzy I would switch the ways I would roll. It makes such a major difference!
I believe I have learned this obstacle to the best of my ability. One foot on the fence and using my body weight to pull the sandbag up was very efficient. The only thing left is to get stronger and gain some muscle weight to assist in pulling it up.
Unlike the previous race in Seattle, this bucket obstacle was all flat. There was no problem with carrying it, but my lack of endurance hurt my speed.
This time the sandbag carry was just the larger sandbag. At first I tried to carry it on one shoulder and switching off. I felt this hurt my speed. When I put it on both shoulders it reduces the stress on my core and keeps me balanced. Therefore, I am able to run with my torso straight up instead of tilted to the side.
Overall I really enjoyed this race. It is quite a challenge for myself and really points out my weaknesses. In the future I need to work on the endurance. But, I am for sure going to take some time to allow my ankle to heal. I believe my ankle recovery routine did help but I just didn’t follow through with it completely. The Boise race is a race I fully recommend, even if it is a bit of a drive for you. The drive goes by fast with the beautiful terrain.
*photo from www.spartan.com, I didn’t compete in the kids race but looks like that was the logo they went with ha!