|Before the Race!|
As soon as I was released by my doctor, I began working out and jumping back into my normal routine of spinning, doing bootcamp, running and lifting some. I felt great, and ready to conquer the Barbarian Challenge until I learned about some of the challenges the week before the race. This race was the Warrior Dash (which I did before I got pregnant with Walker) on steroids. It was a 5.8 mile course through the Noccalula Falls in Gadsden, Alabama.
|The yellow things are electrodes, see how many there are?|
|looks easier than it was, especially when you have blisters|
I would be remiss to not mention all of the water on the course. But for me, it was a welcomed challenge because it gave me the opportunity to cool off and wash off the mud. When it was all said and done, it took us about 2 hrs to complete. This time included all of the waiting we did at the various challenges. Shockingly there were 1200 people that registered and PAID to do this challenge with us. Though we were in the fourth heat (a group took off every 30 minutes), we still caught up and passed people who began before us, so we all felt good about that.
It is hard to say that we had fun, but it was certainly an accomplishment for all of us. Though I can't say for sure that we would do this race again (the electrodes were a deal breaker for the Tanners), I do think I convinced Lauren to do another adventure race sometime in the next year. One thing I learned though...wear gloves! Though they wouldn't have prevented all of my injuries (we all had road rash, blisters and I got poison ivy), it would have made several of the challenges much easier!
|Mudders and Fathers, aka Rainbow Bright|