Today, I’m sitting at home on the hottest weekend thus far in the Pacific Northwest and I pretty much don’t want to do anything. However, a few months ago, my “friend” Lindsey asked me to sign up for the Warrior Dash with her. Lindsey was also my aqua jogging pal.
For those of you that are not familiar with the Warrior Dash, it’s a little over a 5k race (they describe it as “3.18 hellish miles”) with obstacles. The 5k part doesn’t scare me. The obstacles do. Here’s a list of the obstacles I’ll be enduring (or running past) tomorrow:
- Deadweight Drifter – basically going through waist-deep water and dodging logs;
- Road Rage – running/crying through a wreckage yard;
- Great Warrior Wall – scaling a wall with a rope;
- Rubber Ricochet – running through hanging tires;
- Deadmans Drop – climbing a wall (they call a hurdle) and going over the other side;
- Chaotic Crossover – climbing across a net made of rope;
- Barricade Breakdown – “hurdle” over barricades and crawl under barbed wire;
- Satan’s Steps – I don’t really understand this one, but it says “scamper across the staggering steps”;
- Assassin’s Escape – go up steps and down a fireman pole;
- Cargo Climb – go up cargo nets;
- Warrior Roast – leap over flames; and finally
- Muddy Mayhem – crawling under barbed wire in the mud.
Now some of the things seem fine, I can crawl. I’m really scared for the obstacles that required upper body strength because I basically have none. I should have been doing more of this:
But I’ll be okay (I think) and I will try not to cry (too much) during the race. Please wish Lindsey and me luck as we head to North Plains, Oregon tomorrow morning at 6:30 am (at least we were smart enough to pick an early start time so it won’t be too f-ing hot when we’re climbing through mud).