My First Spartan Beast! – Part 3 (My Favorite Obstacle)

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Aurora De Lucia running and smiling at the Spartan Beast in Temecula, CAPicking up from yesterday

There was one specific obstacle toward the end that made me feel extremely proud of myself! I’d been struggling here and there – especially with obstacles leading into that one.

I’d used people’s hands for boosts here and there. But on this one, oh on this precious inclined wall, I did it all by myself!

In many obstacles, there were male and female options. On this one, everyone did the same thing – which made it even that much sweeter. I’d done other obstacles without any assistance, but there was something about this one that seemed tough, wonderful, and exciting.

There was an inclined wall with ropes coming down. We got to grab a rope and lean back as we pulled ourselves up the wall – which by the way was a bit wet because people had just come out of a muddy water obstacle!

At first, I grabbed a rope, took a couple of steps, and couldn’t seem to get to the top.

I came off the wall and let a few people go in front of me. I considered taking the burpee penalty and skipping the obstacle. But then I thought, “This isn’t even about strength! This is more about physics! Use your brain, lean correctly, and figure it out!”

Sure enough, I did it! I did it! I made it all the way to the top all by myself, baby.

I think one of my favorite things about the obstacles was that they really weren’t all about strength. Some were more about strength than anything else, but some were about your brain and just figuring them out. I loved using different parts of myself throughout the race (and realized that this is totally how I would teach physics if I were a physics teacher – let’s do obstacles y’all!)

Now that we’re on such a lovely high note, let’s get to the stuff that wasn’t so good tomorrow.

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