Hi Dr Nick
Well, I did it. Last weekend I showed up with my crew of 6 Rockin’ Warriors and we took on the challenges of the Ohio Warrior Dash II.
For some strange reason I kept thinking the first happened at the same place only earlier in the year. As I went through the course I heard lots of people talking and apparently the first was not only in the spring, but at a must hillier location. OKaaaaay then. Pass. Haha.
I drove over to my friend Liz’s not too early in the morning, but early enough Walgreen’s wasn’t open. Which makes me mad. You aren’t at the corner of Happy and Convenient when you don’t open early enough! Acccck! So I had to make an emergency run to ACME near her house because THREE different contact cases had messed up lenses and of course I couldn’t find solution anywhere to open a new pair. At ACME (local grocery store BTW) they only had the packs of two. Whatever, I’ll use it.
Long story short (they never are with me) we all met at her house and drove off into the sunrise together. It wasn’t long before we arrived at Clay’s. Nearly everyone in our group had been to the site as a water park when they were kids. I never even heard of it until now. I don’t care what anyone else says, parking was a breeze. We paid our $10 and easily found a spot. I didn’t fear for my shocks or tires at any point in the journey. Settled in we grabbed our stuff to be good ambassadors and headed toward the festival area.
Inside we made a bee-line to the Rockin’ Refuel tent and met up with wonderful people.
We drank some pre-race fuel…because HELLO it’s chocolate milk and super yummy. And chatted with others for a moment, and snapped pictures. At this location we could easily see the final obstacle, where you basically are forced to swim through mud. hehe.
This was the only point in the day where I was upset about any of the race. The line for packet pick up was way too long and just wasn’t moving at all! Is this normal? Had I never noticed at other events somehow? After aging like a fine wine we gathered and prepared for becoming WARRIORS.
I never know who reading isn’t familiar with mud events and wants lots of details and who just wants highlights. Based on my readership numbers I think most of you are returning fans and don’t need all the little tidbits.
For this event I wore my Rockin’ Refuel shirt which was super comfy but also cotton? I know it was a free shirt, but not the best idea for a mud run. I wore some compression pants and under it all my bikini. I figured it was good for water and I wasn’t planning to run much and didn’t need the upper support.
Early in the game (like no joke at obstacle #1) I lost my team. It was fine because they were all doing their own thing and it helped show Rockin’ Refuel is for athletes of all varieties. This is also the point where I met a wonderful girl named Jessica and her running partner. I never learned for sure, but I think it was her boyfriend or possibly a husband. Her parents bought them the entries as a gift and this was their first mud run. We stayed together for about the first mile and this really helped me to relax. Also within the first mile I saw members of my team and they were having a blast. My favorite obstacles happened in this section. The “Alcatraz” where we swam up to flaoting blocks and nets and had to climb over/through before swimming to the other side. Also the one with a “tight rope” it was a slack line with netting above it. Although I LOVE it, my pics say I was terrified or confused or possibly both….
Of course there were your standard “climb over this wall” “crawl under THIS wall” “climb up this really tall wall and then have a SURPRISE on the other side”. I skipped most of the walls. Basically it comes down to what I’ve said all year, I’m not sure of my body. I gained A LOT of weight in 6 months time. I understand people heavier than me do these races. They probably have been heavy longer than 6 months though. I am super unsure of footing and center of balance and it SCARES me to do things where I don’t know what to do with my limbs. End of story.
I’ve discovered through different events I LOVE rope and nets. There was one obstacle where you climbed up a net tube and it dipped halfway through and then you climbed down a ladder on the other side. It felt like a blast back to Sea World days in Aurora where I climbed around net city and looked down into the ball pit. A few other “old” people knew what I was talking about while the young whipper snappers gave me sideways stink eye.
By the time we got to the end I was exhausted. I skipped stuff I probably could have done on a different day, but I have no regrets. Although I do wish I did the “Goliath” . You climbed up a wall or a net or something. Walked over a balance beam. Went up another ladder and came down a slide into a pool of muddy water. Since I skipped it I will feature my wonderful friend Liz who had 100% obstacle completion at this event! YAY girl!
After the slide, you jumped fire (of course) and swam in the mud. Really you went under barbed wire in the mud, but seriously. My facial expressions in the mud are just too much for me to handle. I apparently really really liked mud.
Once we completed the course there were lots of muddy hugs and more drinking Rockin’ Refuel to get our energy and happiness back. After all with a great combination or protein and carbs it’s a fun way to refuel after an event. Plus as I mentioned before CHOCOLATE MILK people.
Sadly, the rise station left MUCH to be desired. It was a really long wait and almost no pressure. I simply ripped off my shirt and rinsed in my bathing suit top. After we all assessed I made it a mission to get back to the car to change before coming back to hang out.
It was a really great time and for sure the first event where I said it’s a “MUST DO” next year. In fact I was looking to see where it might be held and was THINKING about possibly getting a season pass. haha.
Thank you again to Rockin’ Refuel for the shirts and comping our entries. We loved representing you to everyone. Thank you Warrior Dash for an amazing event. Thank you team for the fun times.