My wave started at 9:30 AM, and there were three waves before mine. I wanted to get there early for packet pick up and to watch the other waves, so my mom and I got there around 8:15. I got my over 21 ID bracelet, my Warrior t-shirt (which I am wearing as I write this post), my race bib, a shoe tracker and a fuzzy Viking hat!
I started to get a little bit nervous when it came time for me to line up, but I started talking to people at the starting gate. Everyone was so friendly! At 9:30 on the dot, we set off! I started out toward the front of the line, but as I am not a very fast runner, I ended up kind of in the middle of the pack through the first stretch into the woods.
The cargo net climb and the Warrior Roast. That's me in the black pants and grey tank jumping over the Warrior Roast. Then came the epic mud pit.
I was the most dirty I have ever been in my entire life, but it felt so good! I didn't care how dirty I was! I cannot even describe the fun I had during this race. I actually caught myself smiling a few times while running! Plus it didn't hurt that I had good friends and family there to cheer me on!
This was the perfect thing for me to do after completing phase 1 of the trainer. I feel like I have renewed motivation to continue on with phase 2. It also gave me a chance to have a much needed cheat day filled with a giant turkey leg, beer, loaded frozen yogurt and homemade pizza!