Have you ever done something and then wondered why on earth you did it? I have! One memorable time was back in 2014, in February, to be precise. A few of my training buddies persuaded me to sign up for the Reebok Spartan Race at the Edelweiss Ski Centre in June. I had no idea what I was in for. I was about to give up my skirts and high heels to train for a punishing, muddy obstacle race. Seriously! I registered, I paid, I trained, I psyched myself up; and yet when race day came, I didn’t feel ready at all. It wasn’t anything like what I expected. What kind of lunatic does this, anyway? And I was one of the lunatics! The first few minutes were pretty brutal, but I gradually got into it, until by the time I jumped over the open fire a few metres from the finish line I was totally pumped and really proud of myself. When all was said and done, I enjoyed myself so much that I went back for more the very next year!

Spartan 1

15 obstacles

The thing about a Spartan Race is that it changes every time. For instance, the Sprint is 5K+, so a minimum of 5K, with 15+ obstacles, sometimes as many as 18—and all this over mountainous terrain!

Spartan 5

Believe me, it’s no walk in the park, and if you fail to complete an obstacle you have to do penalty burpees. If memory serves, I failed about half a dozen obstacles along the course. Those obstacles included raising and lowering a heavy weight using a pulley, carrying weights and bags over a set distance, traversing a climbing wall, climbing over walls, traversing monkey bars, crawling through the mud under a rope web, throwing a spear into a hay bale, and jumping over a fire. It was all good #Outaouaisfun (with a few colourful expletives thrown in). It was a ton of fun, and I have some very fond memories of this unique challenge!

Spartan 4

This year’s Reebok Spartan Race will take place June 18 and 19 at Edelweiss. Sign up now, as spaces are limited: at the time of writing, the Saturday race was 90% full and the Sunday race was 75% full. See you at the finish line—triumphant and covered in mud! - See more at: http://www.tourismeoutaouais.com/blogue/reebok-spartan-race-one-crazy-outaouaisfun-idea/?lang=en#sthash.0idtzhGr.dpuf

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