Breckenridge Spartan Sprint 6/13/14
This last weekend I had the opportunity to run with some of the best Obstacle Racers in the World. Spartan put this race on in Breckenridge, Colorado. NBC covered the race and it will soon be shown on Television.
With an elevation of over 10,000 feet, I knew this race was going to be tough.
Going into the race, I was lacking a little confidence. Whether it was the fact that I hadn’t run a race since March or whether it was the quality of competition, I’m not sure. But I had more nerves than I’ve had in a long time. I knew it would take a very solid race to win.
The race started out about like I wanted it too. It was just fast enough to drop the majority of runners within the first mile or two. I could feel the elevation but I knew that my body should be more accustomed to it than most of my competition. I knew that if I was feeling it, those from lower elevations would surely be feeling it.
Like I had hoped, the elevation had taken its toll on the competition. I was leading the race and Hobie Call was right behind me. We were creating a gap on the rest of the field. As the race continued, I had hoped to put some distance on Hobie Call as well but he was running solid and strong. I jumped out to a 30 meter lead but as soon as I’d start thinking that I was going to get a break on him, he’d some how make up the distance and be back in front. So for 2-4 miles of this 5 mile race Hobie Call and myself traded off leading the race, each hoping to somehow pull away. We had created a substantial lead on the competition and it was down to the two of us. At about mile 4 the obstacles got harder and they were close together. I’ll have to admit during this part Hobie took a slight lead but I was clearly within striking distance.
We came to the spear throw and Hobie threw first. I watched as his spear flew wide. This was my chance, this was the break I had been waiting for! I took my time, I knew all I had to do was hit the mark and the race would be mine. I let my spear go and it flew just off to the left of the hay. It struck the edge of the hay and broke out. I knew it was going to be pretty hard to win now. I was wishing I hadn’t taken my time on the spear throw because Hobie had about a 5-10 burpee lead. With less than a mile to go I knew I was in trouble. I finished my burpees and Hobie was well ahead by now. As I headed towards the finish, I just tried to enjoy the moment and the mountains of Colorado. I ended up taking 2nd place. It was a great opportunity and I would like to thank all my sponsors for everything. Spartan for putting on such a great event. Inov-8 for the use of the X-Talon 190’s, Gnarly and Beetelite for helping me feel my best.