In all honestly, I was only able to maintain my fitness level after the PA Sprint, as opposed to making progress on it. There was not much time between that race and the Boston Super, and I did some traveling in between. Regardless, I was looking forward to a flatter race and excited to see how I handled the increased distance. Unfortunately the weather decided to make a not-so-nice day for a race. I was soaking wet before the race even began. A light drizzle was taking place when my Competitive wave started. As we started off through corn fields and pastures I understood why most people hate the terrain on this course. I picked my footing carefully and tried to stick to a pace that would carry me through the 8 miles that lay ahead.
Off to the Cargo Bridge and up the hill to the Herc Hoist which I struggled with slightly. The sandbags were wet and heavy and my hands were still shot from the Rope Climb. Next I grabbed a sandbag and made my way around the loop at a decent pace, the rain was still coming down. Through some trails and out to Olympus, where the wet wood would prove to be too much to grip and more burpees for me. Not much further to Twister, and more burpees. My grip strength is increasing, but not to the extent of being able to handle these obstacles wet! Next up was the Spear Throw.
When I came up to Bender I was mixed with emotions. I love the challenge of a new obstacle, but this one definitely scared me. It was high, it was wet, it was inverted. All the things I hate. I tried grabbing a few bars and slipped off. Before I could debate too much into doing burpees, I was encouraged by an old friend (who was coaching a client through the course) to keep trying. I stood back and watched others techniques to get up on the bars. Mimicking the leg swing I was able to get up and recalled my friend's advice to "just get your boobs over the top bar".
The Bucket Carry went fairly easily. I stopped only once, half way, mostly to adjust my grip. I chased down and passed the only girl that had passed me. The Atlas went well, but the Plate Drag I struggled with. My hands had pins and needles shooting through them as I tried to grip the rope. I had to get up at least 4 times to pull the plate out of the mud. The Multi-Rig called for more burpees. The Vertical Cargo net went well, and then I climbed a hill to The Stairway. The wall was rather wet and I tried grabbing the top a few times before I took a step back and talked myself up. "You've got to commit!" And harder I tried, slowly working my way up the wall and over the tall ladder portion. Down the hill to the Inverted Wall, which seems to give me no issues these days (thank God).
During the last stretch of trails I missed a root and stubbed my left foot, causing my right leg to move quickly and my right calf cramped hard. I chewed on a salt tab to gain instant relief and kept myself moving towards the finish line. I had 15 minutes to do half a mile and stay under my goal time. There were definitely going to be burpees in that half mile too.
I placed around the 50% mark of my Age Group. I conquered a new obstacle despite the rain. And I made it through the 8.5 mile course safely. I really can't complain about my race. The speed and endurance will come with more training and weight loss. Both of which are on my agenda prior to my final race weekend of the season - a double hit of Savage Race Maryland and the Spartan DC Sprint!