|[2013 VT Beast gps course map-photo credit, Paul Jones]|
Eventually though, after more time on the course than just about anyone else, I finally crossed the finish. All I could think about at that point was eating, checking with someone about my timing chip (which I thought had stopped working during the race) and eating (did I mention that already??!). I also wanted to just change, get all my stuff and lay down! Unfortunately, although I did get my Beast finish medal and tee, apparently there were tons of people finishing their Trifecta at this race, so I didn't get my Trifecta medal and tee [before I could finally finish my posts here, I did receive everything...just as Spartan Race promised]. Not world ending of course, but after so much preparation and training this year, so much effort in all these races, it would have been nice to see the symbols of that accomplishment I'd worked so hard for.
More importantly though, I walked away from that last race with a much different feeling than I'd had before. I don't know if that was because this race was the last...the culmination of all the training and racing for this year. Or because I had somehow changed my perception of racing. It's hard to tell...even after weeks of contemplation, during which time I moved to Florida to start up my real estate business here. So maybe after things get settled I'll be looking at next year and feel differently. Time will tell. But one thing I continued to reflect on was the design of the course in VT. It made me really wonder who they had built this for. Because I knew it wasn't for the casual racer like me. And if not, then where are they going? That thought will be the topic of the second part of my post VT Beast report. Hope you will take the time to read it!
[The VT Spartan Beast......and just who ARE they building these race courses for?]