Boise Sprint 2017

Hello!

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.

Endurance

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.

Strategy

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.

Obstacles

Spearman Throw

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!

Herc Hoist

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.

Bucket Brigade

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.

Sandbag Carry

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.

Wrap up!

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.

Mitch

*photo from www.spartan.com, I didn’t compete in the kids race but looks like that was the logo they went with ha!

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KT Tape and Rocktape Review

Hello!

Recently, I sprained my ankle 2 weeks before a race, which I discuss here. Once I was able to run again, I wanted to stop using my ankle brace. My ideology is that my ankle’s muscles are relying on the brace and don’t need to strengthen. So, when I don’t use a brace, I must be more carful, but I am strengthening my ankle. In addition, I did not want to use the brace in the Spartan Race, but on my longer runs and especially on trails, I needed a little extra support for my ankle. That’s where KT Tape and Rocktape come in.

Kinesiology Tape

KT Tape and Rocktape are two brands of kinesiology tape. There are many ideas about what kinesiology tape can do for an individual. It gives extra support to an injured area, assists with pain and inflammation, directly affects muscle tone and much more. However, a lot of these ideas are under question if the tape actually does these things. Using the kinesiology tape for my ankle was my first experience with the technology. I thoroughly recommend it. Even if it doesn’t do the proposed benefits, it can act as a placebo, so you feel more comfortable when performing with your injury.

KT Tape vs Rocktape

KT Tape comes in pre-cut 10 inch strips, while you must cut your own strips with the Rocktape. The KT Tape pre cut strips are convenient, but prevent a customized tape job. I would prefer the Rocktape in that case.  Another difference is the packaging they come in. The KT Tape comes in a plastic container that is sealable, while the Rocktape is only in a paper container. In this case I prefer the KT Tape. Sometimes it rains at the location of the Spartan Race and the KT Tape container would protect it from moisture. That is practically the only differences between the two tapes.

Final Thoughts

Overall they are a great alternative to the bulky and sometimes heavy braces for certain injuries. Both of the tapes websites offer instructional videos on how to apply the tape for certain injuries. In addition, there are certain variations of the tapes that can be used in water. The water resistance is great for those Spartan Races where you traverse through bodies of water. I hope you don’t have an injury to need kinesiology tape, but if you do, KT Tape and Rocktape will do the job!!

Mitch

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