Keep pushing yourself

Last weekend, after I ran the Super and Sprint at Spartan Race Mallorca, I wandered around the festival area and ended up at the rope climb where I stayed for a while. I talked to the volunteers, cheered people on and shouted: “That is not a burpee” to random people. Rope climb As the day came to an end the last participants were passing by on their way to the finish line and an everlasting feel of accomplishment. One of those racers was a guy, visibly in shape but completely worn…

2018 Goals

With January almost being over, it’s time to write down my 2018 goals. I’ve set some goals for myself and divided them into 4 categories but they have 1 thing in common: Spartan Race. Spartan Goals Last year I managed to get a 7 x trifecta medal and this year my goal will be a little bit different. The main goal for 2018 is to complete 3 Ultra races. So far, I’ve registered for the Tri-State Ultra and the Tahoe Ultra and I’m planning on registering for the Scotland Ultra…

Why I will not participate in Agoge 006

Agoge At the end of last year, when I was making my planning for 2017, my goal was to complete 7 trifectas. As 2017 proceeded, more Spartan Races were announced and I added them to my planning, resulting in a current goal of completing 11 trifectas. At the time that the first Agoge in Europe was announced, I wanted to register, but the € 300 entry fee scared me away. ‘I will do it next year’ I said to myself. 2017 would be the Trifecta year, 2018 would become the…

Spartan Race Viennna Super 2017

The Course Located on the Military Academy of Wiener Neustadt, the course for the Vienna Spartan Race Super was completely flat. I was particularly happy with this since this was my first time I would run two Spartan Races on the same day so I wouldn’t be too exhausted after the Super. Since the Super and The Sprint were held on the same day, the Super followed the same course as the Sprint but with an extension. Most of the obstacles could be found on the Sprint part of the…

Spartan Race South East Sprint 2017

For my second Spartan Race, I crossed the Channel for the South East Sprint in Sevenoaks. After a good night sleep in my cozy bedroom (booked via AirBnB) I headed down to St. Clere. When I arrived it was still foggy, but it was not too cold. As usual, I was running in the elite wave, together with about 150 other competitors. After a small warm up, we entered the start box and at 8 am we started running. The Course I didn’t know what to expect but the course was…

Valmorel Winter Sprint 2017

Last weekend, my Spartan year kicked of with the Valmorel Winter Sprint. Although the race was on Saturday, we left on Wednesday night so we had a few days of free time in Valmorel and some time to get used to the altitude and the snowy conditions. We stayed in a small apartment. It was not much but it had everything we needed: a kitchen, beds and a shower. Being there upfront we could pick up our starting package on Friday so we didn’t need to rush on Saturday. The starting…

Gloves

Most of the time I don’t use gloves during an obstacle run. I know some people like to use them to have more grip but even without gloves my grip is strong enough to conquer the monkeybars or climb a rope. So In normal circumstances, gloves don’t have an added value for me. But the upcoming Valmorel Winter Sprint is not held under those normal circumstances. Most likely there will be snow and as we all know, snow is wet and cold. I’ve never did an obstacle run in the snow,…

Burpees

Burpees, everybody hates (doing) them and that is probably why they are part of the Spartan Race. For those who don’t know, burpees are used as a penalty during a Spartan Race when you fail an obstacle. You get one try at every obstacle and if you fail, you have to perform 30 burpees. And I can guarantee you, doing 30 burpees really drains you and affects your race. It’s not just the time penalty but he first half mile after 30 burpees is really hard. I did my first…

The Goal

Spartan Race

  My first ever Spartan Race was the Beast in Krynica Poland, during the summer of 2016. I had no idea what to expect – although I was familiar with OCR – but I was sold. So I registered for the Peterborough Sprint and Super in September in order to get my trifecta. And with that trifecta completed, I got hungry for more… In 2017, my goal is to complete as many Trifectas as I can. Since all Spartan Races are held abroad and I have to take into account…