The end of the 2017 OCR season involved a rather large life shift for me, as I moved about 12 hours South from where I had been born and raised. Now residing in the greater Atlanta area, the 2018 season came a bit earlier than I’m used to up North, though I did quite like the milder winter for training. A new location also meant new venues to check out...first up being the Savage Race Georgia Sprint event. I went into the 6 mile, 33 obstacle race knowing I would be slow and that there wasn’t significant improvement in my upper body strength since last Fall, so I wasn’t expecting to keep my PRO band.
The course was known to be hilly, but I had been training on a local mountain all winter so was hoping to keep a steady pace throughout. I kept myself from starting off too fast and climbed over the Barn Doors, then under Prairie Dog and Thor’s Grundle. Less than a mile in on the oddly cool morning and we were already soaking wet. I scrambled over Venus Guy Trap and crawled through the Low Crap and under Squeeze Play.
The course was showing it’s hills early and I climbed over the Saw Horses and under Me So Thorny. Block Party was a breeze with Back Scratcher, Slippery Incline and Teeter Tuber following after. I felt good and strong -- just slow! I finally came to the first real obstacle test, the new Battering Ram. I jumped on the first hand hold and tried to swing my body to move the hold. It took a good bit of energy but I made it to the transition point and then swung back and forth a few times before I was able to finally grasp the other handle and transition. Hitting that bell felt, oh so good.
Pedal for the Medal was rather easy, over Blazed and then to Saw Tooth. I confidently and easily made it to the center transition point, survived a surprise rotating bar and then swung numerous times but kept slipping off the higher bar. I slipped into the water and decided to quickly move on. I probably could have gotten it after a quick break, but the Savage Rig was next and various other upper body obstacles were to come. The Rig did not go so well. I then climbed over and under some logs in Log-A-Rhythm, then crawled through Mud-N-Guts.
Knutt Smasher was an easy balance beam (I assume when moving with speed it is much harder!). Up and over Big Cheese and to the Great Wall. I attempted the 8’ wall a few times but had trouble grabbing the cold top and felt my one calf cramp up a bit. I decided it wasn’t worth the senseless beating at this point and moved on. Wheel World was next and I confidently swung through all the wheels with a smile on my face - until I realized how high the traverse rope was that I had to transition to. You literally had to do a pull up and reach up and out to reach the rope. Holy Sheet was just plain cruel at this point!
I was definitely feeling exhausted and ready to be done. I’d thoroughly enjoyed the course, the terrain was great and I’d managed to lightly jog up or power hike every hill. My pace had been slow, but consistent. I kept moving through Lumberjack Lane, over Twin Peaks and the Big Ass Cargo to Colossus. I was pretty shot so I didn’t really object to the guys at the top helping me up - it is debatable if I could have gotten there by myself. I again hated the huge slide, but at least the finish line was a few hundred yards away.