Spartan Beast - Killington VT - September 21, 2013
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Published on Sep 23, 2013
Spartan World Championships. 14.1 mile Spartan Beast in Killington, Vermont on a cool Saturday afternoon in late September. With over 25 beat your ass obstacles on a course designed to break you, up and down the side of black diamond ski slopes of Vermont's gorgeous mountains. With an elevation of over 4100 feet. Bib7196, start time 9:00am.
I've done Tough Mudder earlier in the year at 11.2 miles, and also did the 8 mile Super Spartan on a NY ski resort 2 weeks prior to this event in 3 hours time. So this event won't be *too* difficult, right? Nope. Nope. I was not prepared for this. This monster took me over 8 hours to complete. Right off the bat, you can't quite tell from the footage but it's like a 10-15* incline through all those obstacles on the first mile, before getting to the mountain. And then it gets steep. Then steeper. Then steeper again. There are times when you practically go up the mountain like a ladder. And you don't go up just once. When you reached the top, you got to go over 1 wall, then go all the way back down a slick narrow trail... then once you are back down the mountain you go all the way back up again through the slick narrow trail with more roots and rocks than Earth constantly trying to trip you. You get to the top, then go back down again, only to carry a 60lb. sack of concrete up then down about 1/2 the mountain, drop off the bag and then continue all the way back up to the top.
This course was brutal. In topography and in obstacle design. The Atlas and Hercules concrete blocks were heavier. The tire pull was heavier. The bucket of rocks were heavier. The length to carry everything was longer. This course was punishment.
There were a couple obstacles I wish I could have snagged footage of, but water obstacles leaked into the container holding the spare batteries for the GoPro. So towards the end I had to make very conservative cuts, turning the GoPro on and off more frequently to conserve what battery I had left to make sure I had some for that finish line.
Oh, about the Memorization test. You have your bib numbers, you need to use what the last 2 numbers are. Use these to get a code, mine being Echo-540-7443. Didn't even have to look that up, it's kind of stuck with me now I can't forget the damn thing. But eventually you'll come to a checkpoint and have to recite this exactly or else you're doing burpees. I didn't get footage of me at the checkpoint, but it was after the Horizontal Wall Traverse.
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