October 9, 2016 by Soo Ee
Spartan Beast KL.
I love and hate the Spartan Beast.
This race is my one true love, though it is the most gruellingly difficult race up to date lasting up to 3 hours and 44 minutes. I dare say it is tougher than a full marathon, though the distance was only 21km. The amount of water I imbibed throughout, the lactic acid burn all over my body, the rope burns, the endless uphill and muddy runs. I love it because I had many first times on this OCR.
1. I managed to clear my most feared obstacle: the horizontal rope climb. I fell the last time without completing. I suffered a great number of rope burns then. When I hit that bell today, I fell again but it was with a satisfying-beyond-words-very-loud-thud. I have never wished for my body to resist pain and fatigue more than when I was hanging onto the rope with my elbows hooked onto it and looking at the bell from the mid point of the rope.
I heard those doing the burpees cheering for me. I think they heard my struggle because I was cursing and swearing. “Come on, just one more pull. You can do this dammit. You cannot give up on me now. We have come so (censored) far to drop before the (censored) bell.”
2. I did the punishment 30 burpees twice only throughout the 30 obstacles. A vast improvement from the last time. Burpees are so nasty I want to avoid them completely if I could.
3. I carried the 30kg ball and finished the obstacle. I have never managed to carry the ball in prior races because of my back issues but today, TODAY.. my back stayed strong for me.
4. Many reached out a hand to high five me and they inspired me to do the same for others. Volunteers were cheering me on. My arms were almost wasted midway of the race but I reached out my hand and shouted “You can do this!” ⚔
5. I speared the board, like finally don’t need to do burpees just because I can’t aim properly for nuts. 🙄
6. I spoke my thoughts aloud to the volunteers. I asked a group of them to hydrate proper because they were huddling under an umbrella under the hot late morning sun (and I was the one running.😂) I thanked them for handing out my hydration. I thanked them for their smiles. I thanked them all when I could. I like this lot of volunteers. They were smiley and very encouraging.
7. My friends came to support me. I am reminded how blessed I am to have friends whom I can rely on and whom I know love me many many. Thanks to HH and JA, I managed to get to the airport in time for my flight because they drove me back to my hotel after the race (which ended later than I expected and I was running very late), waited for me while I showered and packed to drive me to the airport. They even waited for me to see if I managed to clear customs and make it to the boarding area to board the plane before heading back to singapore.
Best race. Ever. I now have a pair of shoes I have to prepare a proper burial for.
My one true love.