Archive for July 19, 2010

O.K. – I’m going to put this out there.  There is a chance, a small one anyway, that I might finally be losing it.

I don’t consider myself an “extreme athlete” by any means. 

Or an “extreme” anything for that matter.

Yes I realize that running two marathons in 13 days is not exactly “normal” behavior for most soon to be 43 year olds. 

And yes, maybe commuting to and from work today on my tri-bike in 97 degree heat to make sure I got my “cross-training” in on a busy Monday might seem a bit over the top.

Maybe running in 9 races over the last 6 months may seem pretty “extreme”.  And perhaps not everyone has a Harley Davidson Softail Deuce in their garage – but for the most part, in my mind at least, I think I’m more or less a regular guy.

That said, I might have crossed a line this morning as I registered for the 2010 Warrior Dash.

Warrior Dash is not just another race.  According to the race organizers:

Warrior Dash is the ultimate event for thrill-seeking athletes.  This running series is held on the Nation’s most demanding and unique terrain.  Participants will conquer extreme obstacles and celebrate their feat with music, beer, warrior helmets and muddy shorts.

When I read that the first thing that came to mind was, “Hell Yes!”.

The race or “battleground” as it is refered to will be held in Central Texas for the first time where 11 obstacles from hell await along the 3.2 mile course.

In addition to running a 5K race over cross-country terrain, I will be asked to conquer the following obstacles:

1.    Warrior Wall:  Warriors go up and over the wooden barricade.

2.    Breathless Bog:  Trudge through waist deep water and over logs.

3.     Walk the Plank:  Traverse a gully on wooden planks.

4.     Knee High Hell:  Speed through hundreds of tires.

5.     Tunnels of Terror:  Burrow through the black tunnels.

6.     Black Forrest:  Forge your way through uncharted forest.

7.     Hay Fever:  Hustle up and over giant straw hay bales.

8.     Junker Jump:  Clamber over wrecked junk cars.

9.     Cargo Climb:  Maneuver up and over cargo nets.

10:  Warrior Roast:  Leap over Warrior Flames.

11.  Muddy Mahem:  Scramble beneath barbed wire in mud.

Click here for the official course map:

http://www.warriordash.com/register2010_central_texas.php

It’s a fire leaping, mud crawling, beer drinking, run from hell.  If that doesn’t get your competitive juices flowing, I really don’t know what will.

In addition to all of the traditional fun that goes along with racing there are not too many races that I know of where the finishers get free beer and a warrior helmet.   

So circle your calendars for November 20th and plan on stopping back by for a visit.  I don’t think that is a race report you will want to miss! 

I will admit one thing however, this is the first event waiver that I have ever read every single word of …. I mean, it’s not like I’m completely crazy or anything. 

For more Warrior Dash Information visit:

http://www.warriordash.com/index.php