Guest blogger Michael Ainis

The air was chilly, but the energy was electric as everyone gathered at the RoadRunner lot and signed in with Stacy, who was asking everyone if this was their first Spartan event. There were a few Spartan veterans, but for the most part it was first-timers who were signed up for the Malibu Sprint in December. There was a 63 year old lady, who was going to be volunteering Saturday in Temecula to earn a free race on Sunday. There was a Spartan Family getting ready for the Sacramento Beast where they would be earning their Trifectas together.

The participants were arranged in 6 columns; “The Phalanx” about double-arms width apart front and back. Instructions were also given that any time “Spartans Assemble” was yelled they would have 10 seconds to be back in their lines or 30 burpees would be due. Don Devaney took the lead in starting off the warm-up with jumping jacks as shirt sizes were called, with the warning given if they took longer than 20 seconds, the burpee penalty applied. As everyone got geared-up in their “Improved Spartan Training shirts that were specially designed to make the participants sweat more,” the jumping jacks continued, and then it happened, one participant didn’t meet the 20 seconds and 30 burpees followed. After that Don made some more introductions and thanked RoadRunner for hosting the WOD, and then lead into the importance of “Joe-ga” and that practicing Joe-ga/deep breathing was not about perfecting the skill but more about doing the practice consistently as a daily routine.
Then it was SGX Trainer, Michael Ainis, who jumped in with “SPAR-TANS” Participants “AROO!! AROO!! AROO!!” High knee ramp-ups were explained; participants were instructed to start about 50% and then increase their intensity by roughly 10% each time. “Ramp-it-up” was yelled then followed some dynamic stretches and then the fun began. For the next hour and a half participants learned about the Spartan Philosophy, bear crawled, crab walked forward and reverse. They learned the “Wrestler Burpee” which Don explained, was devised in the Secret Spartan Lab to ensure there is always a way to make a “Regular Burpee” even harder.

A few participants came from a strictly running background (marathons/halfs) and remarked that they had never done that many exercises for their upper body without setting foot in a gym. The Active Rest position of the day was The Plank – on concrete… Yet the participants held strong, encouraging each other, yelling words of encouragement that “We can DO this together!” One participant (Eric Douglas) realized in holding a plank for so long he had made a “Sweat Angel” (see pics). They did buddy carries with a mom even challenging her teenage son to carry her back across the parking lot after she carried him to the turnaround point. Sisters helped each other with wheelbarrow walk and friends pushed each other to complete burpee-broadjump challenge. “You’ve done over 200 burpees” Don yelled as the final round of burpees were completed and the cool-down began. Shirts were sweaty, but smiles were beaming bright in the San Diego Sun! Everyone wanted to have their picture taken with the Spartan Crew and we even met a group of friends that crossed the border from Tijuana, Mexico to attend the WOD.

Everyone finished of inside the RoadRunner store as they were raffling off 1 free entry to the Malibu Sprint and 1 for the Temecula Sprint, which were won by two friends who had never done a Spartan Race previously. RoadRunner also raffled off some recovery products: Bodystick and a foam roller, and participants were also given 10% off anything in the store.
This workout was definitely harder than a lot of participants were expecting, some had no idea what to expect but everyone experienced their digging deep moment and found a new level of strength inside themselves. Don constantly reminded everyone that once they climbed to that next rung to never go back to the old one, keep moving forward, a little bit every day.

At this time, Spartan is discussing Round 2 for San Diego WOD and hopefully will be 12/1, the week before Malibu?

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Spoils of Victory

by Museum Replicas

Editors Note:  As we get ready for Conyers, GA tomorrow we’d like to give you this message from  Museum Replicas, who produces finisher awards for us!  Because of them our awards are the most incredible out of any race.  See you at the finish line!

 

Congratulations champion! You’re about to embark on the March 10th Georgia Spartan Sprint! And once you’ve finished the race and earned your victory medal, make the most of it with Museum Replicas.

For a limited time, any Spartan race participant who brings in their victory medal will get a special 10% discount on their choice of purchases. From helmets, to swords, knives, tomahawks and anything in between, the choice is yours! You just finished the incredibly challenging Spartan Sprint, treat yourself like a true warrior and save money doing it! Medal discount is valid until March 31st.

To victory!

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by Carrie Adams

While in Miami, Spartan event staff purchased some rope from a local fisherman told only that it had a colorful past and had been all around the world and seen thousands of nautical miles.  We were told the rope was lucky – that’s why the fishermen would always touch this particular rope for luck before setting out to sea.

The rope has been kicking it in the Spartan Trailer for a few weeks now biding its time while we thought of something constructive (or destructive) to do with it.

It’s time has come…

Meet Leonidas.

Leonidas will debut in New York City, positioned near the start before, to allow competitors the chance to rub off some good luck.  Racer’s better get to know Leonidas because he will be the centerpiece to a tug-of-war festival for the battered survivors.

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Leonidas

There are two rules:

1. Leonidas will be at every U.S. Spartan Race and before the race Leonidas will remain coiled up near the starting line. Runners can come touch the rope just before their heat to attain some of his legendary lucky power.

2. Leonidas will not be washed. All mud and blood earned on the tug-of-war battlefield will remain.

Get some, Spartans!

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