I have to admit that I was feeling pretty nervous on the morning of the Warrior Dash. I mean, I have been in races before, but this was not your ordinary race. And it didn’t help that one of the first things the hubby and I saw when we pulled into the Warrior Dash battlegrounds was a woman being wheeled out on a gurney. Yikes! What did I get myself into?!?!
I had plenty of time to ponder that question as the hubby and I had a good chunk of time on our hands before our wave started, even after we picked up our race packet. So we headed to the spectator area to see first hand what we were up against. Only the last three obstacles were visible to the crowd. They were the Cargo Climb, the Warrior Roast and the Muddy Mayhem. It was about that time that I said, “WTF did I get myself into?” I don’t like getting dirty and I am scared to death of heights! This is sooooo NOT my kind of race!” Thankfully I am pretty stubborn and I had already made up my mind that I was doing the Warrior dash. So just before our wave time of 11am, the hubby and I lined up amongst 498 others racers. Once the announcer shouted GO and the flames shot out of the top of the starting gate, we began our journey to becoming warriors!
I would guesstimate that there was a good one mile run before the first obstacle which helped spread out the pack of people a little. But enough about the running, let’s be honest, the best part of the Warrior Dash is the obstacles!
Obstacle #1: Road Rage – This was like running through a junkyard! There were rows of tires and old cars that we had to get past. I would say that this was one of the easier obstacles, but it was still fun!
Obstacle #2: Deadweight Drifter – After jumping into waist deep water, we had to work our way over a series of giant floating logs. There was quite a back-up of racers at this obstacle, so it took us longer than necessary to get through it.
Obstacle #3: Barricade Breakdown – This one was a lot of fun! It alternated between six-foot high wall that we had to jump over and barbed wire that we had to crawl under. Being short actually helped me with the barbed wire because I was able to “limbo” beneath it as opposed to crawling.
Obstacle #4: Great Warrior Wall – To put it simply, this scared the $#*! out of me! The wall had multiple ropes connected to it that you could use to pull yourself up and very teeny ledges to put your feet on during the ascent to the top. Once I got to the top and swung my leg over, I froze. My fear of heights was in overdrive and to make matters worse, I was too short to reach the foot ledge on the other side. I very much just want to get down the same way I got up, but that didn’t seem very warrior-like. Eventually, I took the plunge and lowered myself to the other side and scrambled back down to the ground. Talk about feeling accomplished!
Obstacle #5: Chaotic Crossover – This was a giant cargo net laid horizontally with support posts underneath. My technique involved going down the inclines on my butt and then crawling up the embankments. Easy peasy!
Obstacle #6: Teetering Traverse – This one looked a lot easier than it actually was. Picture a series of inverted V’s made out of narrow wood planks and that is what this looked like. Sand from some of the other obstacles had found its way on the wood making is slippery to navigate up and down the planks of wood.
Obstacle #7: Blackout – If you recall my previous post about the Warrior dash, you will know I was tempted to bring a flashlight for this obstacle. I didn’t bring it. This was a black tent that was very low to the ground that we had to crawl through. Just like the name states, it was pitch black in there and the air was so thick from the hot day that it was hard to breath.
Obstacle #8 – Arachnophobia – A bunch of bungee cords woven around trees to resemble a complex spider web made up this obstacle. The only dangerous part was making sure that the person in front of you didn’t snap the cords back into you. Otherwise, it was easy and fun.
Obstacle #9 – Log Balance Beam – This obstacle definitely created a traffic jam. It was a very muddy creek with one log going across it. Some people chose to avoid the line for the log by running through the creek. My hubby did this and sank up to his chest in muck. I waited in line for the log and once I crossed to the other side, I faced a slippery muddy hill that was lined with ropes that I used to assist with my ascent to the top.
Obstacle #10 – Cargo Climb – Another heights obstacle for me to tackle. At this point in the course I was exhausted and didn’t really want to go up it. But I had completed all the other obstacles and only three remained, so up I went. Once I reached the top I had a hard time turning myself around and ended up going down a few steps face first. Not a technique that I would recommend. However, I ended turning myself around and completing the obstacle.
Obstacle #11 – Warrior Roast – This was two rows of low to the ground fires that we had to jump over. Relatively easy, but I couldn’t help but wonder how the guys in the grass skirts fared. (There were a TON of people dressed in costume for this event!)
Obstacle #12 – Muddy Mayhem – This was the muddiest obstacle of all and a crowd favorite. Basically we crawled in a mud pit under barbed wire and then ran to the finish line!
Upon crossing the finish line we were awarded our glorious finisher medals! We were officially warriors!
Then we headed to the warrior shower!
In our younger days, the hubby and I would have stayed around for the after party. But instead we headed home to our future warrior.
The bottom line is that if you ever have the chance to do the Warrior Dash . . . DO IT! It was the craziest frickin’ race I have ever been a part of and I will be back for more next year!