The Chris Davis Project: Week 8
This week – Joe and Chris express frustration and argue about Chris’ diet. It’s a tough week for Chris.
Chris Davis started out at almost 700lbs. He’s lost over 300lbs so far. Follow his Spartan journey as he attempts to get below 200lbs and complete the Spartan Ultra Beast in September.
Chris was at the New York Spartan Sprint in Tuxedo, NY. The day he filmed this video we asked him to tell us about it. So he wrote the following journal entry included below.
6/6/2012: The New York Spartan Sprint
Welcome to Wednesday. I have been holding off writing my weekend blog for days, because I am still trying to process everything that went on this weekend. To be honest I still have not processed everything, and it will take some time for everything to sink in. I meet so many wonderful people – Spartan Race Employees, Volunteers, and Racers. It is one thing to read the comments on facebook, the blog, and emails, but it is a totally different experience to meet some of these people in person. I thought that I was ready for this experience, but clearly I was not prepared for the impact it had on my life. I hope I get to go several more races between here and the Ultra Beast because I now have a new level of commitment to completing the Ultra Beast after this weekend.
Saturday started at 3:30 am, with everyone getting to the lobby of the hotel at 4:00 AM so we could leave for the Hurricane Heat. On the way to the site, Jennifer and I were following Jeremy and we missed an exit and we got to the site about 15 minutes late. We all went racing; the whole thing was like a scene out of a movie…
After getting my radio I meet up with the Hurricane Heat runners at the rope climb were Joe D. introduced me to them. Shortly after saying hello, I headed over to my obstacle, the pancake carry. This race the pancake carry way set up on the farthest run to the left of the ski resort. The goal that Joe set for me was to carry the women’s pancake (25 lbs) up the mountain 50 times, and to help keep things going at the obstacle. When I got there I grabbed one of the pancakes and headed up the mountain. Since I was the first one there I had to make my own path up the incline.
Walking up the mountain sucked. There were so many thorny patches that cut into my legs the entire way up. When I got to the top, I looked out over what I had accomplished and I was so happy that I had made, and then it sank back in, I had to go back down. But while I was standing here I heard everyone from the Hurricane Heat, so I headed over to cheer them on. I bumped into Joe, and he said to head back because he wanted everyone to see me on the course when they showed up. So I headed back and started on my way back down the mountain I thought that heading up was full of thorn bushes- the way back down was a lot worse. And to top it off there were several spots where there was exposed stone, and I slipped and fell a couple of times.
But I made it back down in time to head up as Joe had the Hurricane Head runners coming down the mountain. Joe had each of the hurricane runners grab 2 pancakes and head back up the mountain, Red (40lbs) for the guys and Pink (25lbs) for the ladies. They went up the path that I had just made a few minutes prior.
A little later the volunteer’s showed up and we got ready for the race. We were far enough away that you could tell there was music in the background but you could not make anything out, but when the first heat left, you could hear them getting ready to start. It took some time for the racers to show up, because we were near the end of the race course, but when they did it was great. The trip up the hill was two tenths of a mile up and an elevation climb of over 300 feet. So to say it was a long trip to the top is an understatement.
The one thing that surprised me was how many people recognized me. You have to keep on thing in mind – I have spent most of my life as one of those computer nerds that does magic behind the scenes that no one ever sees. So for me to be front and center, and in the spotlight is a very unfamiliar position for me to be in. It took some time for me to get used to it, and within a few hours I started to have a lot of fun with it. I was asking people if they were hungry, and when they would reply yes, I would reply great, I have a nice stack of Spartan pancakes; grab one and head up the hill. It was usually about this time when some people would recognize me and say you’re Chris from the blog, and I would laugh and smile and say ‘yep that is me’.
Shortly after the competition heat started, I was helping some people out when I hear some yelling my name. I look up and it’s my friend Margaret Schlachter, and she is in second place for the female racers. I cheer her on as she passes me chasing after the first place runner who is still on the hill. It was so cool to see her doing so well during the race. Another really cool moment was when Hobie Call and Andi Jory both walked back over to the hill and walked another lap up the hill with me. Talk about a reality check, here were both winners taking time out of their day to talk and walk with me. It will be something I will remember for a very long time. Shortly after we got back down, Margret came back and talked about her race and I was thrilled to here that she came in second place. Before she left, we also climbed the hill together.
Throughout the rest of the day I would walk up the hill with a sandbag, and relax at the top of the hill welcoming people to the top (where about 50% would stop for a break) and it was funny once they would catch their breath. I would start talking to them, and every once and a while someone would take a double take when they realized who I was, and they would ask ‘are you Chris’. I would smile and we would continue to talk.
By the end of the night I walked up and down the hill 15 times. On my last lap, I noticed that one of the runners was having some problems, so I walked to her and started talking to her. I could tell that she was so exhausted. When I go to her she looked up and she recognized me. I talked to her and her friend for a few minutes and we started back up the hill together. After they started making progress, I told her I would see her at the finish line.
I closed up the obstacle and headed back, but instead of going to HQ I headed up to the finish line. I wanted to be there when Tavora and Jessica crossed the finish line. After a little while I heard over the radios that they were nearing the fire pit. I got a finisher medal ready for them and I was able to give Tavora her medal once she crossed the finish line. It was such a cool feeling for me to be there considering I was the last one to cross the finish line in Atlanta just a few months ago. By the time we made it back to the hotel it was almost after 10pm and I was exhausted. I had been up since 3:30 and I could not see straight anymore so I grabbed a quick salad and went to bed.
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On Sunday I got to sleep in until 4 am because there wasn’t a Hurricane Heat. When I woke up I was so sore from Saturday, and I had a decent sun burn going. When we got to the lobby we were welcomed with a boxed breakfast that included a bagel, a fruit box and an apple, You would be surprised how many people will trade you a apple for an bagel at 4:30 am. So I headed out with a couple of apples. When I got to the site I grabbed a few bottles of water and headed back to my hill.
I started out the day with the goal getting another 15 laps in, but I was so exhausted that I had a hard time making it to the hill. Once I got there, I ate a couple of apples and had some water but I was still not feeling great. By the time runners made it to the hill I was feeling better, but I was losing my voice. So I did the best I could to help people out for a while, I had made it up and down the hill twice when the Spartan Chicks stopped by to do a photo shoot in there high heels. I was talking to Jennifer and Margret, when Jennifer asked me to join them for a photo. I had my original pants with me so I pulled them out and we took the coolest photo: I still cannot believe I had 4 Spartan Chicks in my pants. What an incredible experience.
A little after they left, I started to get a little light headed, and I started to having some problems with ringing in my ears. Since it was near noon I headed back to HQ to get something to eat and get some water. The closer I got to HQ the worse things got and by the time I was there I was in bad shape. I sat down and got something to drink. After my third bottle of water I started to feel a little better. I saw Margret and Jennifer and I asked them to check me out for dehydration and they confirmed that yes I was dehydrated. They told me to relax for a bit and keep drink water. So I followed their advice and stayed out of the sun for the next few hours and drank as much water as I could.
Towards the end of the day Joe had me head back out, but this time, instead of going to the pancake hill, he sent me out to be a gladiator till the end of the day. This was great for me because it allowed me to be there when Kristina crossed the finish line closing out the Spartan Race for Sunday. We talked for a few minutes, and took some photos. I was so proud of her for making it to the end and not giving up.
When we got back to the hotel, I staggered to my room and just sat under the shower for at least 15 minutes. Then I headed down to get something to eat only to find the restaurant in the hotel had closed for the night. So I joined a bunch of my fellow Spartan Race Staff to head out to dinner. It was good to sit back and relax after two incurably long days of work and exercise. It was so worth it all the work because I got to meet so many great people at the race. I am looking forward to getting to work at the next race.
Right now it looks like that is going to be the Death Race here in Pittsville VT, on 6/15. I hope to see some of you there.
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