To celebrate my last day of vacation, yesterday I participated with my younger sister in “Ottawa’s” Spartan Sprint. I say “Ottawa” because the event was actually held at the Camp Fortune ski hill in Chelsea, QC.
I’ll be honest – I haven’t worked out in a few months and the weight has slowly been creepin’ back on – about 12 pounds over the past 2 and half years (right on the national average apparently). I had the good intention of training for a few weeks before hand but it just never happened. So, the day arrived and even though I was not in the best physical condition it wasn’t going to stop me from trying.
The race started out by heading right up a hill – OMG!! The thought crossed my mind that I might not be able to finish but I pressed on as I had only just started. Thankfully downhill was less challenging – my extra mass helped propel me downhill. Over a short wall and into a mud crawl under the barbed wire. Up another hill with a tire and back down into another mud crawl under more barbed wire! Up another hill, a rope climb, down the hill. Push-ups, up another “hill” (by this time the qualified as mountains), down the hill, water wade, sewer crawl, brick dragging, a higher wall, a javelin throw, ice crawl under more barbed wire to the dual against the “Spartan Warriors” and a final leap over the flaming logs and across the finish line! All the while the sun pounded down, no wind or even a hit of rain in the sparsely there clouds. Funny enough during my 1 hour and 20 minute run I was not once thirsty or hot – I think I had sun stroke, not good.
It was definitely a challenge but it was a great experience and I am glad that I finished. I am even more glad that I had the opportunity to do this with my sister! We’re going to try again next year and hopefully improve on our course time.
Check out this video I found about our event.
See you next year Spartans!!