September 10 2012 8:58 AM
So this was by far the hardest thing I've ever done physically. Although it was about a 1.5 miles shorter than the Tough Mudder (Spartan 11 miles, Mudder 12.5 miles), there wasn't nearly as many hills. In all reality this race was 11 miles of running up and down ski slopes. There weren't many areas that we were running on flat land and while you would think running downhill would be easy, the inclines on some of these slopes were so drastic that one bad step and you'd be seriously fucked from the tumble down.
With the Tough Mudder, if you can't do an obstacle or it's something you are deathly afraid of doing (for instace the cliff dive) then you can skip the obstacle without penalty. With the Spartan you get one chance at the obstacle and if you fail or skip it, you have to do an assigned amount of burpees. Most were 30 per obstacle, some were 50. I got lucky and only failed at one challenge which was throwing a spear at a target. I hit the target but it didn't stick. That was 30 burpees.
Oddly enough the challenges that were similar or exactly the same as the Mudder (the walls, over unders, monkey bars, carrying some sort of weighted object) I did way better this time around.
When it was over, I was more dead than I was at the Mudder and I still don't have that feeling of "I can't wait to do this again" like I did after that. I'm actually looking forward to the Tough Mudder in June next year because after this, that is going to be a piece of cake.
I also have way more visible injuries (cuts and bruises) than I did from the mudder.
End result: 4:03:14 (1041 overall place out of 3508 finishers) and only 1/3 of all that started finished.