The Reebok Sports Club team took on the infamous Spartan Race earlier this month after undertaking weeks of preparation for the 13-mile long endurance test.
As a relatively new staff member, it was the perfect opportunity to get know to my colleagues a little better in one of the most testing environments you can imagine.
In the lead up to the big day, fitness manager Will Longhurst had put the Reebok Sports Club team through our paces with a series of tough training sessions, which included work on the monkey bars, kettle bells and the prowler.
However, the sheer amount of mud took us all by surprise on the day and it soon became evident that this would be a test of sheer willpower as opposed to an examination of our cardio levels. Avoiding get stuck in the mud was a challenge in itself, not to mention the course’s numerous obstacles.
The long, narrow stretches of forest provided a psychological challenge with no end in sight.
There were three or four swims in freezing cold water in your normal running gear, which meant we were carrying added weight once we’d clambered out of the icy water. It would take a while for the muscles to warm up again after this bone-chilling obstacle.
The toughest challenge required participants to carry logs and buckets of pebbles for lung-busting distances, and if that wasn’t enough, the stretch included a number of mud-covered hills. Here, team work became key as the stronger members of the group helped those lacking in upper body strength over the peak.
In terms of targets, finishing was the only aim. Having completed my objectives, it would be interesting to see if I could shade some minutes of my time if I exercised the option to complete some burpees instead of some obstacles which had queues.
But overall the sense of achievement and the unifying effect it had on our team made the Spartan Race a beneficial task.
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