As a bit of a team building activity last Saturday, a group of crazees from our church took part in the spartan obstacle race. As they scurried around to make it to the start line with only moments to spare a rather flash digital SLR camera was thrust in my direction and, you know, who was I to argue with a spartan.
So as they launched into action …
… and threw themselves in an icy cold lake I took to changing lenses, checking settings and making sure I didn’t loose lens caps. But to my dismay, after they launched into the freezing waters they disappeared over the side of a rather scary looking hillside to carry sandbags, throw javelins and those run of the mill sorts of activities which I could not capture, even with a rather spiffy camera.
So whats a girl to do, I took that camera and my kids and hit the playground with my trusty spectator sidekicks. I’m not very good with *ahem* MY new camera yet and don’t have any good photos to show but we did kick the ball, brave the portaloos and get some sandwiches in.
Finally, after much waiting, eyes searching the sparse countryside and spotting twenty different orange shirts and several bearded blokes (the two key identifiable factors for the group) 0ur weary eyes spotted the crowd of enthusiastic Melvillians coming round through the valley and over towards a spot where my little self thought that I may actually be able to take some photos. So with haste and a few children yelled at and pulled off bouncy castles, shoes were thrown, pram was overloaded and we awkwardly jogged to our most convenient vantage point.
But alas it was only monkey bar and ring action with *ahem* MY trusty zoom lens from afar before they headed off up a hill again and off into the distant horizon.
A bit of a swim came next I think before some lonely travelers dotted the grassy field on their way to the next muddy bath.
A bit of a crawl through a muddy tunnel and finally heading straight towards us.
Up and over the ropes. And thank you to those who were willing to pose for my photos. A willing model is always appreciated. I still had the ultra zoom lens on as they approached within 10m so I had to pace back to be able to take photos at close range with some big zoom lens on. Amateur.
Charlene and I were hurriedly whisking things back onto prams to reposition for the next obstacle but by the time we arrived they had all already climbed the ropes, balanced the beams and disappeared up and over the hill again. So I guess that means a snack break for us.
We spotted them again entering the final obstacle out of, i think, a total of 25. So I’m told.
Those that didn’t make an obstacle had to do 30 burpees. Caleb illustrates this below.
And after about two hours of water, mud and hill climbs they still came in smiling.
I. Am. Spartan!!!
Naturally, I went home exhausted. Had a nap and took some painkillers for my crushing headache. But Jared promised me his camera. So it was all worth it. I must say, I haven’t used a fan dangled camera before but I could very well get used to it.
Great job team!! And to Wade who didn’t make it in time to do it with the team but with sheer determination took the course on by himself in the next wave of participants. Kudos.