I had a LOT of fun this past weekend running my first mud, obstacle course related event. I have always wanted to do one of these after seeing the promo video from the Warrior Dash. There are also crazy, masculine, gorilla beating chest type runs like the Spartan Race which I hear comes complete with electric fence, barb wire, and jumping through flaming logs - oh yea and of course waist deep mud!
The Invincible Challenge Run was actually quite kosher in comparison to what you are seeing above. For one thing, it was their first year organizing a run like this and it was pretty noticeable that they were novices at how to put a race together - you would think something as fundamental as providing water would be at the top of their list. I think the hardest part being a mortal in this invincible run was not passing out from dehydration in the 98 degree San Bernadino midday heat...YIKES! I am really surprised an ambulance was not on the scene. They only had ONE water station .5 miles into the race - a cruel gesture if you ask me, making you falsely anticipate that water breaks would appear frequently along the race path - NOT THE CASE.
Don't get me wrong, I love the heat, humidity and balmy weather - I'm part Jamaican! I'm the person sitting outside eating lunch in Las Vegas during the summer or the person skipping around window shopping on the streets of Singapore. But I only do this when there is a cafe with water nearby or a vending machine on every block, otherwise I am not trying to die of heatstroke!
Besides bordering on dehydration for three hours straight the obstacles were quite challenging. I was not anticipating climbing over a 10 foot tall boxcar or standing in line waiting to jump over an unstable wall.
In the end it was extremely fulfilling to finish a race with seven other of your good friends. I can see how races like these are great team building exercises as you try to heave each other over certain obstacles. Certainly something I could not have done alone.
To add another silver lining to this wonderful experience, we met a family having a picnic and celebrating mothers day that offered us up some delicious food and CARNE ASADA...I was on board immediately. It is not everyday you meet people this kind out in the middle of nowhere...another reason for me to leave the city.