A few years ago my brother signed several of us up for our first obstacle course race. At that point I’d never heard of the Savage Race, and barely knew anything about obstacle course races, but in addition to writing, designing and making things, I like to workout and run, so we gave it a try.
The first year we took it easy, basically walking the whole course and completing most of the obstacles. Even though we weren’t competitive, we had such a great time that we kept going back vowing, to get better. This year was our 5th year participating, and though most of us didn’t prepare like we’d wanted to, we all did well and more importantly, we had a blast.
Next year, like every year, I plan on being better prepared. Unlike years past, though, I should have more time to do so. My previous job responsibilities and household projects really limited my free time in the past but freelancing allows me greater control of my schedule. I’ve also completed most of the large projects around the house, so I am quite optimistic about my ability to prepare. I will be taking this week off from training to recover as much as possible (and to take a short vacation with my wife to celebrate our 22nd anniversary) but then I plan on jumping right back into a workout / running routine.
Being 40 years old, I am pretty realistic about my training goals, and I can guarantee I won’t be gracing the cover of any fitness magazines, but I will get healthier, a little more fit, and if all goes well, I will be finishing the Savage Race next year in under 2 hours.
The Savage Race is coming up very soon and this will be our 5th year participating. Every year I say I’m going to start training earlier, and every year I fail to start as early as I would like. Even though I didn’t get an early start, I’ve been training for a few weeks and so far I’ve been focusing mainly on my running. When it comes to the obstacles, my upper body strength isn’t usually an issue; my only real concern is my grip strength and my running stamina. 6+ miles and 30 obstacles takes it’s toll on you.
But regardless of how well I am prepared or how well I perform, the best part about doing the race is my team. It started out with my brother, sister, and son, and now has grown to include my nieces, nephew and family friends. The camaraderie of not just the team, but every participant is amazing. Throughout the race you are guaranteed to have complete strangers cheering you on, encouraging you and even helping you on obstacles if you need it.
And every year there are tons of teams dressed for the event and they will wear everything from cowboy hats, boots and daisy dukes (usually guys) to face paint and tutus. It’s great to see all the team outfits, but my team has never dressed as a team… until now. While we’re not quite ready to wear short-shorts or make-up (yet), we will all be sporting the same logo:
I probably won’t make this design available for sale in my shop, because even though it is my original design, it is based on the video game of the same name and I don’t want to step on the toes of the creators (Team 17). But if you are interested in any of my other designs, you can check them out in my shop at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/krileydesignshop