Next we hit up the Great Wall (8ft wall) followed by Squeeze Play and a nice 1/3 mile or so river walk. Thank goodness the weather was warmer than last year because the water was pretty crisp and thankfully not freezing!
I always say "life is better on a cargo net" - that is because I absolutely live for cargo nets on OCR courses and training. They are definitely my strongest area on OCR courses along with balance, so I am always happy when I catch a glimpse of a cargo net coming up head of me.
As we were close to 5 miles in and only 20 of 28 obstacles in, so I knew that the next obstacles would be coming fast. Our cheer crew of Momma K and Papa J met up with us just after the cargo net and before heading out to Mud n Guts. Some question how tough mud pits are on OCRs. In my opinion, getting through the mud isn't much of a challenge, it is what comes up afterwards as you are completely covered in mud that is the bigger challenge...like Sawtooth (monkey bars).
The one obstacle that I was eager to get to came up next....Nutsmasher which is essentially a wobbly balance beam with cold water below to cushion your fall. After watching a few runners go down, I started to question my own ability to complete this one. It was WAY more unstable than I remember from October, but I was determined to keep my streak of completing balance obstacles alive. I focused and engaged my core and legs to power through and I made it! That was the one that I wanted to beat and I did!
After Nutsmasher we hit up two new obstacles including Inversion Therapy where you shimmy across a pole hanging above a pool of water.
I have been working on warped walls at my ninja gym-, so I was hoping for a stronger performance on Colossus than in the spring. My goal was to run further up the wall and grab the rope higher so I had less "climbing" to do on the rope.
I charged to the wall and GOT THE ROPE! I made it most of the way up but then my legs started to give with the slant of the wall and mud covering it. Thank goodness for Kurt because he grabbed me and got me up! It went so much better than my previous Savages, so I call that my big win of the day.
Bonus: in addition to the standard Savage Race in Georgia this weekend, there is going to be a an all new Blitz course tomorrow which is race of about half the distance with only a few less obstacles but will certainly be just as much fun. I cannot wait to take on both the Savage Blitz tomorrow!