This is what we saw before we started the race. *gulp* That thing is HIGH! My conservative estimate is four stories. My mind's estimate was 100 feet!
Now, maybe I was on a bit of a high from getting through the platform obstacle, but for whatever reason, I was pumped and ready to climb this one! My strategy going into it was to climb near one of the support posts, thinking that the ropes might be a bit tauter. Not sure they were, as there was plenty of give and sway, but I just held on and climbed up.
That first step up was a doozy! I know I'm short, but I don't normally notice it like I did during this race. Almost every obstacle was made for tall people. But that's OK - my short legs and I made it!
Photo op - I surprised myself at how comfortable I felt on the ropes!
King of the world, baby!!!
On solid ground again - now THAT was fun!!!
Kelly faced her fears on this obstacle - she does not like heights, but she did it. Be sure and check her blog for her take on this. It was so exciting to watch her conquer this obstacle!!
After the cargo net, we faced a series of sand dune hills. Now, before the race, we noticed that runners were dipping down when they reached the bottom. We thought "oh, they must have dug a hole" - um, guess what we discovered on our way down the first hill? They did, indeed, dig a hole...and filled it with water! Fun times, fun times!
Jeff at the very top, followed by Kelly and Chuck. Up a hill, down a hill...
Running through the water, climbing up the hills...all in a day's fun!
Not pictured is the fishing net crawl, due to the "no butt shots" pact that Kelly and I made, and also the chain-ladder obstacle that you crab-crawled across (we were all doing it at the same time) and the walk the plank (again, all doing it at the same time). That one was scary - you walked up a narrow plank, then down (I got on my hands and knees at that point) and then it leveled out and I stood up and walked across and then down to the sand. Even Jeff was a little uneasy on that one - the planks were very narrow. I discovered that my childhood dreams of being an Olympic gymnast on the balance beam (hello Olga, hello Nadia) were probably best left at that.
Next up...giant beach balls, FIRE, and an icy swim!