The race started out with a short run on pavement to the over-under-through section. From there the course went to a dirt bike track. Since it was raining at the time, the track was a muddy sloppy mess and it was very difficult to keep your footing. After running around the track for a bit we came to the jerry can carry. The cans were filled with water and weighed 40-50 pounds each. We had to carry the cans around more of the track including up some very slick, muddy hills. These small hills caused trouble for many racers, especially those without good footwear. Upon completing the jerry can loop we had to climb a very large A-frame ladder wall where the rungs were quite far apart. The obstacle was made harder by the fact that it was covered in rain and mud.
Well, a good buddy of mine, Teddy Kuschner, had decided to inbox me and tell me how proud he was of me for all my progress and that I looked great! He then told me I should join his team and do a spartan race with him. Me being over-confident, I agreed without doing any research.
See, I have always been athletic, and competitive. But I have never raced anything in my life. I have always been a power guy. Lifting heavy stuff. Hitting a ball really far. Stuff that required very little stamina. I guess a meat head at heart.
Well it was time for me to make a bigger change. It’s time to start running. I joined the team, and from the start it was the most incredible experience I had ever experienced. I started building my friends list of OCR racers because I wanted advice on everything!!!!
ucked away in North Vernon, IN is Muscatatuck Park (http://muscatatuckpark.com). Muscatatuck Park is almost perfectly centrally located between Indianapolis (1 hr 20 min south/southeast), Cincinnati (1 hr 30 min northwest), and Louisville (1 hr north). Known for it’s bouldering, rock climbing (yes, even in Indiana), mountain biking, and trails, the terrain at Muscatatuck Park is a perfect choice for an OCR. If camping or kayaking is your thing, Muscatatuck Park has this too. It’s an all-around treasure for outdoor activities.
Over the last couple weeks, I’d spoken to some pretty influential people in the likes of Sarah Pozdol, Anthony Matesi, and Amie Meyer about racing the elite women’s heat at the Spartan Sprint. I’m not an elite athlete. Never have nor never will be. The thought about being in the same corral as all of the other elite women sends waves of fear down my spine. But when John Shue triple dog dared me to do it by posting a poll about it on the Corn Fed page, I figured I would venture into the unknown. My team and my friends had my back.
All I can say is what a weekend to be a Corn Fed Spartan! Throughout the two days of racing at the Georgia International Horse Park, Corn Fed Spartans were showing that we were not going anywhere and that we are banding together to become stronger and better than before. On Saturday, seven Corn Fed Spartans braved one of the muddiest courses to date on the Spartan Race schedule. Our wave left at mid-morning with a newbie, first time Spartan racer and was ready to show her the ropes (literally in this case). In true Corn Fed fashion, the seven of us not only helped our fellow brothers and sisters, but helped others along the course.