Here is the adventure I promised!
I participated in my very first Warrior Dash yesterday! It was definitely something I’ll remember!
I signed up for the WD quite some time ago. I figured that since I was training pretty well and doing things that were out of my comfort zone, why not do something TRULY out of my comfort zone!?! Since I signed up so far in advance, I didn’t have to really think about what I committed myself to……until a week ago. Originally, my daughter and sister were supposed to do this event with me, but as always, life happens, and they were unable to do it. Luckily, Kim and Michael stepped in!
OK – on to the event!
I went to bed fairly early last night, so I get could get rested up. We planned to leave at 8:00A as our heat was scheduled for 11:00A. It took just under 2 hours to drive there, and when we arrived, the traffic into Berkley Plantation was pretty backed up, and we were worried that we wouldn’t make our heat. We finally parked (in a muddy cornfield), all the while keeping our fingers crossed that we’d be able to get out once we were ready to go home.
The walk from the parking area to the event site was kinda lenghty and muddy. Why we thought we needed to keep our shoes clean was beyond me. I just kept remembering my mother saying, “don’t get dirty.” I guess stuff like that sticks with you even if you know that you’re pretty much going to be rolling around in mud. The shoes were the least of our worries!
We checked in our, got our bib numbers and shoe timer things. Of course, the facilities had to be used, and we got to the starting area with 10 minutes to spare. As I was standing there waiting for our heat to begin, I just kept thinking, “what the hell have I gotten myself into???” It was too late to back out, so I mentally prepped to schlep through 3.52 miles of mud and obstacles.
Michael ran to the front, and we told him we’d see him at the finish. Kim and I started out jogging. I did OK since I really don’t like running at all. I have a tendency to panic breathe due to my serious dislike of running – LOL! Anyway, I jogged as long as I could, then walked. The mud made it hard to run in some spots because it was SO slippery!
Our first obstacle was called Storming Normandy. It involved mud (surprise!) and barbed wire. On hands and knees, low to the ground. Tough! After that, more walking/jogging through the woods and mud.
The next obstacle also involved barbed wire in addition to overhead netting and tires. Again, with the low-to-the-ground madness. What’s a girl gonna do but get through.
Next was the Barricade Breakdown. JEEZ LOUISE!!!! You had to climb, hop over barricades and crawl under barbed wired. Those barricades were high. For me. I had to scale each one and sit on top until I could bring myself to drop down. Have you ever sweated like a crazy person while crawling around in mud? This girl, right here, has.
I believe we then made it to the Deadweight Drifter. That was some ol’ B.S. right there. Big butt logs in waist (chest) hight water. You either had to go under or over the logs. WAY easier said than done. I was wrecked after that one! Muddy AND wet! Water definitely weighs you down!
After that was some REALLY huge wall called the Giant Cliffhanger. Erika (sorry, Terry) wasn’t going over that. WAY too high. I just couldn’t wrap my mind around it. Kim tried. Really hard, but couldn’t get her leg over at the top, so she came down. You know I walked my happy butt AROUND this one!
Then, they had some craziness that required swimming. REAL swimming! Good thing they had a sign that said NON-SWIMMERS ROUTE. LOL. ‘Nuff said.
Oh my, a second wall called the Great Warrior Wall. You know I coached people down once they climbed up. That was my contribution. I don’t do high walls. Kim made this one though!
The Teetering Traverse was scary, but I did it! I really don’t like any kind of height apparently. Who knew?
Then we waded though waist high water…..against a current. I felt really good about this one! I could do it with no issues! However, my legs are feeling that now!
We’re getting close to the end!
Cargo Climb was next, which was easier (not really) than I anticipated. Again, it was HIGH once I got to the top! I made it down, then OF COURSE, there was more mud and barbed wire. This mud was black and shallow, so you were literally getting your entire front DIRTY! After that came the Warrior Roast where we leapt over fire!
YEAH! We made it!!!!
The fellow warriors were so encouraging and nice! Strangers cheered us on and gave us pointers. It was nice to have people I knew at the finish line! Thanks, Terry, Melissa and Michael!
Since I was able to raise money for St. Jude’s, I was considered a St. Jude’s Warrior! This meant that I could have a private shower and free food. I got my towels and shower gel and headed toward the showers. As I got to the last step in, I got a charley horse! O.M.G! I screamed and scared the heck out of 2 women that were already in there! LOL – they are looking at me like I’m crazy, they don’t know what to do, and I’m screaming CHARLEY HORSE! Finally, thank goodness, it subsided, and I was able to get into the shower. Now, I forgot that if you don’t eat or eat very little, overexert yourself then step into a hot shower, you could pass out. NO, I didn’t pass out, but I suspect I was close. I should know that from the Breast Cancer 3-Day! LOL
Once I was clean (clean is used loosely here), I got my complimentary beer and bought a turkey leg! I was definitely ready to get the heck out of dodge pretty quickly though.
Getting out of there was easier said than done. We had to schlep back to the car, then drive the car out of the muddy cornfield. Yes, we needed a push because we got just a touch stuck in the mud! Again, the fellow warriors were awesome! Once we got out of the twisty-turny part of the plantation, we hit open road! We had never been so glad to see open road in our lives!
Will I do this again??? I honestly don’t know. I’m sore for sure, but feel a sense of accomplishment. The jury is out on signing up again just yet!