Dave and I are only a week and a few days away from our biggest race weekend of the year. The Hawaii Trifecta weekend. A 13 mile Beast on Saturday, then an 8 mile Super and a 3 mile Sprint on Sunday. This is going to be intense. Training has kind of taken over our lives and I haven’t really been able to focus on much else during this time – which explains why I’ve been MIA here. Hoping that will change soon.

Part of me feels so incredibly ready for this race, like I’ve been ready since the middle of July when we raced the AT&T Spartan Stadium Sprint and I felt absolutely amazing through the entire race and only missed 2 obstacles. (once again, damn that spear throw)
20150721203343 2015072119573920150721200339 20150721200543 20150721200605{Because a post is no fun to read without some photos, here are some photos from the AT&T Stadium Sprint, which was one of the funnest races I’ve run to date}

Despite all our training and confidence, there is also a part of me that doesn’t feel 100% ready. I am still struggling with some health issues that have really inhibited my running, and I haven’t been running the trails the way I should. I’ve substituted the absence of my running capability with spinning and other cardio methods that will at least up my endurance – but my hill-climbing muscles are going to be put to the ultimate test in Hawaii and I’m afraid they won’t be able to perform how I want them to. AKA – I’m terrified of cramping up on the race.

Other than those concerns, mentally I think we are both ready, and won’t have an issue with finishing. We’ve progressed up to a few three-a-day workouts focusing on strength, cardio, then skills – and have been training in the heat of summer that California has been offering us. The humidity and heat combo down here in SoCal has been no joke, but we took full advantage of it and trained in it to get ready for the same kind of weather in Hawaii. It’s been exhausting but really beneficial. I am ready to take on this epic challenge…. and then relax for a week on the beach. YESSSSSSSSS.

My goals for these 3 races are mainly to FINISH. As I continue to race these Spartan races, I do want to improve my times, and improve my performance on the obstacles, but I’ve never done three tough races over the course of two days, especially in a climate like this, so Dave and I have made a game plan to pace ourselves and focus on completing the courses safely and efficiently. No need to push ourselves beyond reasonable measures. Hydration, completing obstacles safely, and pacing ourselves is the goal. We have more races in the Fall where we can focus on faster completion times, and possibly competing in the Elite division.

It’s hard to believe how quickly this year has gone by. Seriously how is it already August? One more week of intense training, then a taper week… then the race is here. Here we go.