AKA The Road to The OCRWC Part 5: Race Day!
Without going into too much detail about travelling etc which went off pretty much without a hitch (we were very worried about losing our bags on the transfer flight), Chloe and I met up with Alex and Dita, and arriving at our hotel it appeared every UK racer was staying in the same place! Nice to be surrounded by good people for supporting each other etc.
On the Friday we went to the race village to register ourselves, pick up goody bags, and most importantly – play on some obstacles.
After seeing pictures of some of these intimidating structures all year it was great to see them up close and be even more intimidated by them. It was already clear as we drove down deep into a valley how hilly the course would be – and seeing a selection of the obstacles up close built adrenaline and excitement. Playing around on them was fantastic for building confidence – but it was hard not to overdo it as we would all need as much energy as possible left for the race. Nevertheless we all played, played, and played some more! We don’t have these obstacles in the UK so need to take full advantage!
At the next rig, staring in disbelief at my own arms
Myself, Jamie Burke and Alex Loudon made a team. It was a relay format with Alex taking the running section, Jamie taking obstacle technique, and me taking strength. Alex was quick on the running as usual, Jamie beasted the Platinum Rig and any other obstacles he faced, while I like to think I made short work of the bag carry, feeling strong despite what my body was put through yesterday.
We each had two sections, my second part contained the bucket carry again, a rope climb out of a water pit, hoisting two heavy bags up a pulley, then pinnacle hill again. I felt like I took them well enough, the hill I felt especially quick on, although I could feel my forearms telling me to piss off by this point.
I got myself down the slide again, holding onto the team timing chip for dear life and met up with Jamie and Alex for the final stretch. I was wet and slippery (oooer) so they hit the 12 foot wall first and I basically climbed up them, all other walls no problem, and skull valley was crowded but fine too. I could still feel my arms in pain but there was no sign of giving in. We reached the final obstacle with another group from MIT Tough Team and completed it all together.
We all ran up the half pipe, threw ourselves down the cargo net and finished as one big team. I don’t think I’ve ever finished a race in such a great way and to do it like that with these guys was just brilliant.
All in all, it was just an unbelievable weekend. Of course it was. We got to see the best of the best in our sport competing at the top level on an unforgiving course, then take that course on ourselves to see how we fared up against the world champion (poorly).
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