On March 9, I spent the last day of being 22 by doing my first Spartan race. I signed up for this race months ago and I was excited that the time had finally arrived.
For my 2019 goals, I wanted to do a Spartan “trifecta,” which means I would have to complete 3 different types of races within a year.
- Sprint – 3+ miles, 20+ obstacles
- Super – 8+ miles, 24+ obstacles
- Beast – 12+ miles, 30+ obstacles
Prior to the race, I did train (sorta) and become more aware of what I did and didn’t eat. This particular race was located in Mallorca, Spain. I flew there that Friday, rented an Airbnb, car, and bought some groceries to fuel myself before my race.
From what I can remember, I did obstacles like:
- Monkey bars
- Wall climb
- Atlas Carry (carry a stone, that is approximately 100 pounds, to a certain point, do 5 burpees, and carry the stone back)
- A Frame Cargo Net (climb up and down a 30 foot frame)
- Rope climb
- 7-foot wall climb
- Inverted wall
- Spear throw
- Hercules Hoist (pulling up a weight of 70 pounds (for women))
- Barbed wire
- Mud pit (one of my favorite obstacles in the race)
It was definitely a good challenge physically and mentally. There were a few obstacles I failed to attempt the first time, resulting in me having to do 30 burpees on the spot.
For me, this first race was just to see what a Spartan race would be like. I didn’t have plans on placing. My goal was just to finish the race. With the little training I did for the race, I finished in 2:07:17. I was covered in mud, scratched in a few places, and was ready for a shower.
The following day (Sunday), I flew back to Valencia and celebrated my birthday (and Kayla’s 21st) with some friends. We went out to dinner at Ginos and had a really good time laughing and eating Italian food.
I am so blessed to see another year of life and to have spent it with some of my favorite people. I can’t wait to see what opportunities the “Jordan Year” has for me for the future.