Venue: Parking to the venue was smooth and easy very little delay. The festival area was definitely bigger than at a lot of the other races. More space to spread out and hang out. What I did not like about this venue was that there was not free beer. They had beer but it was for purchase only. At every other venue you are given a free beer ticket to use at the end of the race. What better way to cool down from a hard race than to have a free refreshing cold beer. The showers and places to change at this venue were better than at other venues. The worse part was after running 9+ miles and 25+ obstacles of steep terrain is having to go through the obstacle of getting to the shower.
Weather: The weather during this race was hot. The race was at the end of August. I recommend a water pack and electrolytes to keep you hydrated. Sunscreen was a must during this race.
Race Type: I found this course challenging it was not the hardest race of its series, while the elevation was higher than Palmerton I found this race less challengingI was having difficulty with my legs complying with my need for them to run and push forward. They were feeling shaky and refused to warm up the first half of the race. The terrain was a typical trail run there was not much off roading during the race. There was little to no bottlenecking except one small section. The obstacles for this course were average. They were similar to every other race we did this year.
Team: We had 5 people during this race. Everyone had a hydration pack and plenty of energy supplements to assist during the race. The best thing that everyone had was a peanut butter sandwich. It was the best pb sandwich we have ever eaten we got a lot of wide eyes and drooling looks while we ran and ate.
Best Obstacle during this race was the Spear throw. I never get it in and since we had built a spear throw and I had been practicing this was a big win for me.
Worst Obstacle during this race was the Rope Climb. I had one more pull to get up to hit the bell and my feet slipped causing to almost fall from 30 feet in the air. I ended up catching the rope with my inner thighs leaving an intense bruise.
One way to train better: Hills, Hills and more hills, my nemesis.
Bio: Sharon Terry, This year I ran 12 Spartan Races, from Vermont all the way to Texas. I was formerly a competitive swimmer in which I started at the age of 4 up until I was in highschool. In highschool I picked up track and field and cross county, I was never much of a runner but I enjoyed the meets. I love being an individual competitor as well as part of a large team. I was introduced to Spartan Racing in 2014 in which I completed my first trifecta. In 2015 I wanted to do bigger and better so we decided our goal this year would be 4 trifecta’s. IT was such a great season and I am so thankful to have been able to complete my goal for 2015. My goal for 2016 is to compete in 1 Elite race, I may not be the fastest or the strongest but I will finish and push myself. I do not plan on racing as much this season since I just started MMA training. I do not know where my training will take me but I cannot wait to find out!
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