Naturally, there were many of the old obstacles there too. They had a number of "carries" (sandbag and log) and the stone drag. One big change on these was the length. None of them were really in the category of brutal this year...and no, I'm not complaining! They also had the Atlas Carry. Now THAT was a tough one. Between the weight of that thing and the way you had to pick it up, it was certainly up there as one of the toughest obstacles. I heard people talking afterwards, some saying the weights were as high as 80lb for the women and 125lb for the men. Yeah...well...that just tells how hard they "thought" it was.
Of course there was the net climb, the monkey bars and the inverted wall. They also had the herc hoist, which for some reason keeps giving me leg cramps lately. Even with hydrating and GU packs...when I can swallow them that is...no easy task between water stops. And what is it with the spear throw??!! That used to be a given for me but another of those that have been trouble lately...burpees suck (although I've found them great for increasing endurance). On the bright side, I rang the bell on the rope climb this race!! Something I haven't done in a while. And I finally realized that a good part of failing this obstacle was the fear of falling because I didn't believe I could make it. Obstacle racing has always been about mental toughness, and once I started thinking more confidently about the climb, I was able to get past that hurdle.
Last, but not least, the barbed wire crawl. Not as long as some, but this crawl is always on an uphill grade...which never makes it easy. This year it seemed to be kept a bit drier than usual. Made the crawl a lot less slick (a good thing), but it also seemed to make the small rocks grate more on the skin (not so much). A good trade though. So overall, I was very satisfied with the course and the experience this year...and pleased with my performance. No, it wasn't noteworthy in the overall scheme...just in my own ongoing attempts at improvement every race. Pleased....but not satisfied....always training just a bit harder for the next race...whenever, and wherever, that may be!
A link to the report on the 2013 Spartan Sprint at Tuxedo: