I remember around 2010 or 2011 hearing about a race called the Spartan Death Race. It boasted the simple tag line, “You May Die”.
You are not told when it starts.
You are not told when it ends.
You are not told what it entails.
The race organizers even state, “We want you to fail and encourage you to quit at any time”.
The point of the race is to challenge the athlete both mentally and physically in ways you have never been challenged before. No two races are the same, no support is given, and the longest race to date lasted over 70 hours.
This race is not for the faint of heart.
Needless to say, I was very intrigued.
That same year I entered my first obstacle event, The Warrior Dash. It was fun, different, and somewhat challenging, but seemed more focused on the casual athlete and providing an experience versus a ‘challenge’.
Nothing that was going to get me ready for a Death Race.
I planned to enter a few different, more challenging events the following year, but life had different plans in store for me, and obstacle event races were put on hold and forgot about…until this year.
My mentor and found of the StoryAthlete group ran his first Spartan Race this Summer and was hooked. So much so that he challenged us to join him in competing in the Spartan Trifecta in 2020.
I did not need to be asked twice, I was in!
The Spartan Trifecta consists of 3 Spartan Race Series events in the same Calendar year:
A 3-mile Spartan Sprint.
An 8-mile Spartan Super.
A 13-mile Spartan Beast or 30-mile Spartan Ultra.
Rope climbs, wall climbs, heavy carries or drags, spear throwing, tire flipping, atlas stones, burpees, hercules hoists, cargo nets, log carries, swimming, running, steep climbs, fast descents, etc…
No bullshit wrapped in a fancy package.
Just tests designed to challenge the mind and body and truly push an athlete to their physical and mental breaking points.
Training for the group of us ready to take on this challenge began last month with the 100 Burpees-A-Day for a Month Challenge.
100 Burpees a day may sound easy enough, until you actually have to do it.
Down, kick out, back in, up, and jump. That’s one.
Plus, we did them for time. Not to compete against each other, but to compete against ourselves, because that’s what the Spartan Races are really about…competing against yourself to see what you are really capable of doing.
Training continues this month with new challenges in the form of GRIT Workouts, and like the Spartan Races themselves, I never know what each day will bring other than new levels of pain and soreness that have been challenging me in ways I have not felt in years.