Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Warrior Dash 2012

Warrior Dash Queensland 2012 has come and gone and we did it !!!  Not the greatest time but for us it was never about the time - it was about the challenge and the fun of the event !!

We left home on Friday after work and decided to go the back way to Kilcoy to miss the Friday afternoon traffic into and out of Brisbane along the Gateway/Bruce Highway.  Great idea - we just kept moving the whole time so while it may have been a bit longer (km wise) it was definitely quicker than the other route.

We had lots of rain on the way up and it was raining quite hard when we got there - not the best start to an obstacle event !!!  We had dinner at one of the two local hotels, Stanley Hotel.  It was a good meal and well within what we were allowed to eat.  We had a lazy start to the day as we were only in the 12 o'clock wave.  K and I were really organised with our food, having made smoothies before we left home which we took with us.  We had also packed some frozen fritattas, nuts, shredded coconut and some 70% chocolate in case we got hungry during the day plus plenty of water to drink.

On our way to the event it was spitting with rain but that didn't do anything to dampen our spirits - we were all there to have a great time !!!!

We managed to park in the second car park and walked across the hill to the start of the event.  We got our numbers and then dropped our bag off and went and joined into the next wave - we had no idea of what the time was or if it was our wave and they had no clocks around for us to check - nobody was checking people as they started so we figured we would start rather than standing around in the rain.

Well it was quite different to The Stampede.  The obstacles were more challenging and the walking in between was more up and down !!!!  Man some of those hills were killers !!!  Luckily A had his ventolin with him this time and used it half way up the first hill.  There were fewer mud obstacles (although more mud between obstacles) - at least the last obstacle helped to get the mud from the previous obstacle off !!!!

The rain meant that there was more mud than there should have been and so it was quite difficult going up and down some of the hills because of the mud and slipping and sliding.  At the bottom of one hill I landed up sliding down the last 6-8m of the hill on my butt as it was so muddy and I was worried about hurting my knee if I tried to run down and slipped.  Unfortunately I think that was the first injury to my back !!!!!

The second was when we climbed up one side of an obstacle and had a straight fall down the otherside - I hung down as far as I could but I couldn't move my hands to the lower rung and so dropped about 4-5' instead of 2-3' - that was when I knew I had done something that my back didn't like !!!!!!

I was a little indignant when a lady went passed and said "You can get them to come and pick you up if you don't want to finish" - Don't want to finish ?????????????  Not bloody likely - I was going to finish this event no matter how long it took.  A and K were amazing at keeping me going and encouraging me along the way.

The second to last obstacle was 3 mud pools - each having a longer slide to get into them.  Managed those all fine but got out of the last pool, took about 4 steps and both feet shot out from under me and I landed flat on my back.  It took me a while to get up from there and with help from A and K I managed to roll myself onto my hands and knees and get up from there.  Of course all I wanted to do was get out of there but the good thing was that I wasn't the only one that it happened to.  I was clearly luckier than the lady who broke her ankle at the same obstacle !!!!

The last obstacle was a mud pool that you had to swim across and make sure to stay under the barbed wire that was strung over it !!!!!!  I battled to get out of there but in the end we made it !!!!!!!!  I certainly felt like I had accomplished something when I finished !!

We went and collected our bag and then had a 'shower' - well we actually just stood in front of a water truck along with I don't know how many other people and tried to rinse as much of the mud off as we could. We decided to try to save our clothes and shoes this time as it is going to get rather expensive if we have to buy clothes and shoes for each of these events !!!!!


By this stage my back was absolutely killing me so as we walked back to the car A went ahead to see if he could move the car closer and save me some walking but there was such a traffic jam that he couldn't even move so by the time we got to the car we all dried off as best we could in the rain, took our wet pants off and sat in towels on plastic packets in the car !!!!  It took us over 1/2 hr to get out the car park and we were all so pleased to get back to the unit and be able to shower !

When we were waiting in the car park K said "So, are we doing this again next year ?" and we all said a resounding YES !!!!!  I have bruises all over the place, put my back out rather badly and have sore arms and legs but I can't wait for the next event to come around - it was so good !

Joining in with Jess from Essentially Jess for #IBOT !

Have the best week !

TFTD : In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become who we are capable of being, by remaining exactly where we are.

40 comments:

  1. girlfriend you are CRAAAAAAAZY!!!!!! But well done to you. I hope you get your back sorted out tho! xo

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    1. Thanks Aroha - you aren't the first person to say I'm crazy !!!! LOL. My back is feeling so much better after going to osteo - am resting it another couple of days before exercising again.
      See you Saturday !
      Me

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  2. Well done you, I could not even imagine doing that, yet alone doing it again lol. :)

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    1. LOL Jackie - if you had asked me last year if I would have done anything like this I would have said no in a million years. The past 6 months has been about me pushing my boundaries and getting out of my comfort zone !!
      Have the best day !
      Me

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  3. you are INCREDIBLE!!!! good on you - for getting it done even with the injuries xx

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    1. Thanks Lyndal - I am feeling so much better after going to the osteo yesterday !
      Have the best week !
      Me

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  4. wow they sound soooo much much, I would love to try something like that ! never heard of anything like it here thou.

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    1. They are so much fun - especially when we do them as a family. Mind you, it was great fun when I did it with A as K went on ahead with a friend of hers in The Stampede.
      Have the best day !
      Me

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  5. Am so envious!! Well done you, we'll come up and do it with you one year. I decided NOT to do the Mud Run here because I'm having a big fiesta at my house that night. Boo hoo. My teen13 is dead keen. But we'll get there one day. Well done!!

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    1. That would be so cool to do one together - they really are so much fun. We saw quite a few groups of people doing it together and they looked like they were having fun too !!
      Good luck for the big fiesta at your house !!!
      Have the best day - so good to see you back.
      Lotsa hugs
      Me

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  6. Oh awesome! I was hoping my husband and I could have done the Warrior Dash this year, but he's working interstate and the dates just didn't work out. Definitely will aim for next year - sounds hard, but a lot of fun!

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    1. Oh no - maybe next year !!!! We wanted to do Hidden Warrior but won't be fit enough in time for the event in December - maybe next year too.
      Have the best day !
      Me

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  7. You are a LEGEND! You have inspired me to have a go next year! Hope your back is OK, how rude was that lady? Seriously..
    xx

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    1. Thanks Mrs BC - my back is much better after a visit to my osteo yesterday. Am still going to rest it for a couple of days before I exercise again. We had such a blast !
      Have the best week ever !
      Me

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  8. WOW! I don't think I could do that. Would kill my back too I think. Hope that is feeling better now.

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    1. It was such good fun - The Stampede was a little more fun as it wasn't a timed event. This one was definitely more challenging. My back is feeling much better now - managaed to get an appointment with my osteo yesterday and he did what it needed.
      Have a great day !
      Me

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  9. Wow that sounds hard! The gall of that woman suggesting you wouldn't finish - that's motivation right there!
    I hope your back is feeling better.
    Take it easy :)

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    1. That's exactly what I thought Laney - how dare she !!!
      Still battling with my back - 4 visits and a heap of dry needling at the osteo in the past week, and I now am not allowed to exercise until at least next week :( Not Happy Jan !
      But as both the osteo and my trainer said, if I don't look after it, it will take longer for me to get back on the road.
      So am trying to be a 'good girl' and listen to them.
      Have the best day !
      Me

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  10. Dude! Well done, that is epic! I do not think I would have been able to finish. Well done!

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    1. Thanks Kylie.
      Have the best day !
      Me

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  11. Well done, that is amazing! Feelin a lil inspired right now ;-) xx

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    1. If you ever get the chance to do one of these in your area - go for it - it was so much fun !
      Have the best day !
      Me

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  12. Far out Brussel Sprout - you are truly a Warrior woman! xx

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    1. LOL - thanks Sonia ! Not sure about being a warrior although sometimes I do go a bit looney when people drive me up the wall !!
      Have a great day !
      Me

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  13. Very cool! Congratulations. I love obstacle races. Granted I've only run one but I plan to run more :)

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    1. But hey Jill, you have done so much more !!!! Always inspirational reading your blog.
      Have a great week !
      Me

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  14. Well done you for doing the warrior dash - I'd love to but I'm not brave enough. Might reconsider now I know you loved it x

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    1. Do it Scarlett - it was GERAT !!!
      Have the best day !
      Me

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    2. Sorry - should be GREAT !!

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  15. Good on you, Me! You are a far braver woman than me - I don't like mud, for starters... ;)

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    1. I don't like mud either - in fact I don't do dirt at all BUT this year is the one for pushing my comfort zones and realising that, you know what, if I get dirty, with some water and soap I can get clean again !
      Have the best week !
      Me

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  16. Congrats to you!! Lets just say I'm not envying you x

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    1. LOL Vicki - you have heaps to be proud of yourself.
      Have a great day !
      Me

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  17. Go You!! When you push yourself out of your comfort zone, you go the while deal!! Sounds like a whole lot of fun except for the injury, hope you are on the mend x

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    1. Thanks Stacey-Lee - I am still battling with my back. I have had 4 visits to the osteo with a whole heap of dry needling in the past week - now I have been told to rest up for another week - it is so hard not exercising.
      Have the best day !
      Me

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  18. Wow! I'm not surprised you hurt your back! That sounds harsh! I think I would have hurt a lot more than that!
    Well done on a really great effort!

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    1. Thanks Tracey - really appreciate the support ! I have really done a good job on my back - I feel dreadful about doing so poorly in your challenge. I hope you are going to run it again as I would love to be able to complete it in it's entirety.
      Have a great week !
      Me

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  19. Warrior dash is by far my fav ... hope your back is OK - if only you knew a massage therapist!!!

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