My First Ultramarathon?! – Part 13 (Continuing To Be Pretty Much a Total Mess During the Super)

October 28, 2014

Aurora's bruised legs after the Spartan Trifecta-in-a-day Obstacle Mud Run 2014
just showing off some post-race bruises on my legs

Picking up from last time –

After some burpees, I made my way out of the obstacle area, and tried to maneuver through the woods – around trees, and random drops, and more of that crazy, sticky mud.

I thought to myself, “Yes! This is all coming back to me. I knew we maneuvered through the woods and mud. Where in the world are all those people going who got to just stay on the path?”

And nearly as soon as I thought it, my time in the woods was over. It was such a short little trip. And where were we let out of the woods? Ah yes. You most likely guessed – right back out on that path (where we then went to woods on the other side of it)!

I don’t even want to estimate/think about/(obsess over) how much time I squandered with all that – too much! That’s how much. *shakes head at self*

I guess the lessons here are possibly – always listen, actually listen, and ask questions if you feel you heard something wrong. Also, maybe I should be a little more aware of my surroundings, and a little better with my internal map, by golly! If I’d remembered everything I’d done from that morning, I would’ve remembered we were back on the path in no time – and would’ve been less likely to doubt what I’d heard.

Alas, since we still haven’t figured out time travel (to go back and just take the path), the only thing I could do that at point was is pay the price for that dumb mistake later in the race. One of the big prices for me was burpeeing out of the barbed wire crawl – which made me super sad, because even though I’m always mentioning angry people in the barbed wire crawl, it’s still may favorite obstacle.

There’s just something about crawling around in the mud under this dangerous wire that feels powerful, yet playful and fun, all at the same time.

There were two in the race – one just for Beast & Super racers. And one for racers of all 3 (though that was shorter). So, in total, I still got to crawl under barbed wire 4 times (as I would’ve done it 5 had I gotten to do the first one in the super as well). So, I got a lot of barbed wire crawling – just not as much as I could’ve had!

There were some other places where ultimately, I was probably going to lose some time, but thankfully volunteers saved me from myself. I kind of got in this mind-space of, “Forget everything! Always do burpees. There is no time!”

Of course, sometimes it was obviously time beneficial to do the obstacle – for instance on the 7 foot wall. It looked high. I thought, “It’s gonna take me forever to find my footing and my strength.” But a volunteer gave me a boost and I was over in less than a minute. So, thank goodness for the amazing volunteers.

And I’ll finish up with the rest of the Super next time.

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