I did my event solo to start off. And they dug a huge hole and dumped it full of ice. It literally to the breath out of me. It was nothing like jumping in a pool during the winter. The best I could do was just leap far and keep my head dry.
I ran in with the head of the group for about the first two miles and started to drift back. Which is where I picked up my first partner it my soon to be group. He was a triathlon running from belgium and has done these all over the world according to him. We kept a good pace slowing down as time went. We faced the great hill of relentless waterfall early on making it clear why this was no task to take on solo. You could make it up most of the way, but there were points were you could not take a step without slipping back down. It took your partner to provide a stable step and you to turn around and and pull him up.
We made it to mile four were I could no longer keep the aggressive pace going and belgium had no objection to slowing down a bit. At this point we picked up our next member a guy on the side puking. He was a intelligence specialist from the air force. He had gotten this far on his own. Belgium offered him a hand and a cup of water and said if he cant keep up he will inform that a 40 year foreigner kicked his ass.
We faced our next obstacle shortly after called the Texas Smoke House. There is no visibility stepping in through the window. As you swing your second foot around and step back. You quickly realize that you're about to be in pain. There was about a 8 foot drop through a sloshy mud pit filled with panicing individuals who are trying to get out of the way from more unexpecting mudders. And ill tell you I never moved so quick and got no where. The mud was so slick and it took to individuals to get one person out.
We survived the grave yard without any major injuries and was up against the giant diving plank. You are about beat at this point. I have been pushed well beyond my limit due to belgium consistant motivation. We pull ourselves up the wall and hope to god we have tye energy to swim back up for the surface once we make the jump. Belgium went first then me then the air force. All I can remember is swimming then being told to use the rope to pull myself if I was tired. All I have to say to that is DONT! All that did was pull me under far under just swim in a rolling motion. It requires the least effort.
For the most part the rest of the event was just climbing and crawling. We pickedd up another person who has fallen far behind in the group that started before us. It came in handy we climbing the walls using a 3 man system 2 on top of the wall pulling one up and then over.
I was given a gel pack at this time. And it was refreshing. It tasted pretty good. Very grainy and required you to drink water with it. Which I had none.
Also the electro shock therapy. Is just... very exciting. You know you will be shocked. You dont know where,when or how many times. It can be across the jaw. Around the thigh or rap around your arm. As you run through you can here the static amd here other wires charge. Amd you know its going to get you next. And if by some small chance you get through unscaved the crowd boos and chants for you to go through again.
I finished the event in 2hrs 3 minutes. Would of been a bit faster if it wasnt for the fourth guy but who cares. This was def. Something unlike any other. I have done other events and nothing compares in the slightest
hydrate well before invest in gel packs. Sorry I dont know which ones I had but I would look into what the bicyclist use on the journeys cause I remember that is where he got his pack from. Dont worry to much about having water bottles I saw those all over the place. A fanny pack is great. Bring a crap pair of shoes. You will ruin them
Every body is very sociable. Atleast in the Texas event.
"You can't just give up hope and walk away, Cause when you do that then there is no hope at all."