|All clean at the beginning!|
On this past Saturday morning we took on the challenge, and unfortunately I hadn't done much training. I knew this race would be super difficult but an unfortunate knee issue really kept me off my feet until the race. I wasn't where I wanted to be but I had to try. Our heat started at 9:40 A.M. and approaching the starting line, I freaked out. Was I completely nuts? Good thing I have some really supportive friends that got me pumped up. Standing at the line with several hundred other people, the starting bell sounded and we were off. All nerves were gone as adrenaline took over. I felt great! As we charged down the starting hill, we ran past tons of screaming spectators, then we turned a massive corner and saw the trail. It was going straight up the ski slope. Not only that, the snow makers were in full effect making the slope slippery and cold. What a great way to start!
|Almost half way!|
Continuing up the mountain sides we traveled over ice walls, huge wooden walls, over and under logs until we reached the peak after 7.5 miles. We were wiped out and only barely half way done. The descent was much better. We climbed through more water, under barbed wire, over rings, up snowy cliffs, under more electrified wired, over balance beams, up a huge quarter pipe and finally through the gauntlet. I was super proud of making it over all the obstacles except for falling off the balance beam and getting soaked all over again. I even made it over the monkey bar obstacle with what seemed like 1000 rungs!
The last and final obstacle was hundreds of wires hanging over a 30ft muddy pit. Many of which were electrified. As our team of four was joined by a random contestant we took of running for the finish. We made it most of the way through then it looked like a car wreck. Four of us running through went down in a heap. A pile in the mud. My friend Matt tripped in front of me and as I went to jump over him, BAM! Shocked big time in the hip. I went down right next to him but we made it. We gathered together and finished the race as a team. I don't think I have been that tired ever before or more elated to finish a challenge. I would compare this feeling to climbing Kilimanjaro. I had a great team to help me finish this course and as of right now, only one bleed to show for it. I know doing this with hemophilia probably wasn't the best idea but I will never regret the experience.
|THE TEAM! Kyle Fritz, Phil Williams, Matt Rediger, and Me|
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