So...there are several things I've learned to count on in any Spartan race: the opening run is intended to kill the weak; the rest of the course is intended to finish the job; expect it to be worse than you imagined. Last Saturday was certainly the most intense opening run I've seen in my short Spartan life. Worse even then Citi Field, which I thought was truly a work of tortuous art. I don't know if they have the mileage on that climb, but it just seemed to go on forever. There were a couple of rogue obstacles thrown in, but pretty much it was a long, slow uphill climb. By the way, I heard from someone I ran into on the course that, as hard as the course was on paper, apparently it was actually laid out to be even tougher. Whomever was really to blame for that, for the first time since I started racing, I really wondered if I could make it to the end...physically...would I have enough, regardless of the how bad I wanted it. And somewhere along the way is when it hit me...what the hell was I thinking signing up for the Tri-State Super in NJ...or the Beast in Vermont!!!? I must have been completely delusional to think I'd ever be able to finish either one of those. Well, that was before I finished though.
A link to the report on the 2012 Spartan Sprint at Tuxedo: