#weekendcoffeeshare Spartan Edition

If we were having coffee, it would be instant.  Nothing fancy tonight as we are out in the woods, in the camper tonight patiently awaiting tomorrow.  That’s okay though, because as far as instant goes, I make a pretty mean cup, so have a seat and I’ll get you some.

Today’s been good.  We rode bikes all over this place.  It was the first real time I’ve had on my new bike and it felt good, even if the red clay dirt here is still mostly mud from all the rains we’ve been having.  It’s been raining for what seems like forever around here.  Oh, I’m sure that before you know it, everyone will be all drought this and that, but lately, it’s been all about the rain.

So why are we camping?  Well besides the obvious answer of getting to ride, there is a Spartan Race tomorrow that we are running in.  There was one today too, but it was a long one.  The one they call the Beast, and for good reason as it clocks in at 12 to 14 miles plus obstacles.  The one that we are running is a mere 3 to 5 miles plus obstacles.  That one is the Sprint and right now, it’s more my speed.  No way I could handle a Beast right now!

So this Spartan Sprint is our very first Spartan Race.  As a matter of fact, it is our very first race of this type ever.  Niether me or my daughter have run any kind of mud run, obstacle course race, or any such thing before.  I have a couple of 5k’s  under my belt from a former life and my daughter has just finished cross country season at school, but this is totally new.  I can’t wait.

Speaking of Spartans, I had no idea how many of them there were lurking out there.  This place was packed today, and when I asked about attendance, I was told 10,000.  Now I don’t know if that was runners or if that number included spectators as well, but wow.  Seriously, I was shocked.  Reading about it just doesn’t do it justice, but seeing is believing.

You wouldn’t believe how fast this weekend has gotten here either.  When I signed my daughter and I up for this race, is was months ago.  We had plenty of time to train, or so we thought.  Well, I’m here to tell you that I’m not ready for it.  No way, no how, but that’s okay.  Tomorrow is more like a test race anyway.  We’re going to see what this Spartan thing is all about, and the best part is, we’ll do it together.  The fact that I haven’t trained the way I wanted, will tell on me on the course tomorrow, but that should drive me to be better in the future races.  Assuming this isn’t the start and the end of my Spartan career all packed together in one race.

However it goes, tomorrow I will join the ranks of the Spartans!  Truly, I cant wait!

Thanks for reading my #weekendcoffeeshare.  Sorry about the quality of the coffee, maybe we can do better next week.  Stop by anytime, but it’s time for me to catch some sleep.  There’s a race tomorrow and I want to be fresh, so good night y’all.  See you in a few!

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