Because I didn’t want to call it “Five Things Friday” like everyone else, here’s a quick post full of “Interneteresting” things we’ve been talking about over here. (We, as in, me and the cats. Great listeners, horrible conversation contributors. The perks of working from home…)
Now, to say that the Beast known as Killington Mountain didn’t evoke some serious emotions in the obstacle racing community would be the understatement of the year. Needless to say, those who tackled the mountain last weekend have something to say. Here are a few of my favorite posts:
1) “Meanwhile. The fans. The super fans. The enthusiasts and regulars. The ones who show up with packs FULL of nutrition, because they know they’ll bump into a regular joe who doesn’t have any. The ones who keep Inov8, Solomon and Icebug in business. The ones who remember when Hobie had an obstacle named after him, and when they used to put dish soap on the slip wall, and CARE about litter on the course. They’re leaving. They’re burning out. I’m likely to be one of them.” – Paul Jones, “Beast 2014 – The Recap” New England Spahtens
2) “It occurred to me how much time I spent away from my family at races because I HAVE to. Because it is a really hard race so I have to go. Because it is in a really cool location so I have to go. Because all of my friends are going to be there so I have to go. Because they invited me so I have to. Because, trust me, this one is just really special, and will never happen again, and I have to go. Because, well, I am Matt B. Davis after all, and so I have to go.” – Matt B. Davis, “No Medal, No Buckle, No Problem” Obstacle Racing Media
3) (warning. F-bombs and sailor talk below)
“The thing about dragging skeletons out of closets is, they don’t want to come willingly. You gotta start with small bones. “You never thought you would actually finish this year anyway: Snap!” Then the Demon speaks and he says, “but did they have to make this so fucking hard?” And you pull out a bigger bone and think, “well you were pretty nonchalant about the whole thing, you were just trying to act cool: Snap!” And then the Demon says, “If you do go to the top you can take the gondola down.” You reach in and grab a hand full of ribs and say “I didn’t put a damn bit of effort into this race and I fucked myself right into this shitty mountain and I have no other fucking person to blame but myself! Snap! Cackle! Pop!” The Demon speaks again he’s so cunning. He says “oh but you had so much on your plate. You don’t sleep. You have a crazy schedule. Your wife, your kids, the dog.” Now you dig in; and you grab that skull. That grinning, gape mouthed fucker and you hold him up to the light for the last time and you say, “I’m a quitter that’s what I do. I quit. I quit. I quit. IFQ!” And you take that skull and you crush it under your heel and you stand up and you look at the absurdity of your situation, which is: Go ahead fucking quit. But what the hell are you going to do? Go down the way you came, or go down by going forward? Forward. Up and forward.” – James Horgan, “Ultra Beast and Other Demon Speak“
4) Don’t care about the emotions, and want the down and dirty details, such as how many miles did we REALLY cover, and how heavy was that *&$% sandbag anyway? Check out this great, detailed rundown of the course details from SOLO- The Obstacle Racer Next Door: 2013 Spartan Race World Championship (Vermont Spartan Beast) – anaylsis of distance, elevation, and difficulty.
5) Finished the Beast, and wanting a bigger challenge, with more obstacles? Check out Margaret Schlachter’s review of Shale Hill, a permanent obstacle course located in Vermont, with some of the most insane, difficult obstacles available. Shale Hill: Obstacle Racings Field of Dreams, and the Man Behind it.
BONUS #6! My sister, the one responsible for all of this nonsense (indirectly I suppose, but she registered me for my very first race 9+ years ago…) NEEDS YOU to read her blog post. She is an amazing person doing amazing things for the world, and the running community as a whole. Plus, you could win a pair of Hoka ONE shoes. So go…READ THIS NOW (please!)