Our team of 9, "Insane Pain", arrived at the bottom of Blue Mountain pumped and ready for the 10am heat. It was chilly and drizzling outside and we were surrounded by friendly and familiar faces, like the Crossfit Indestri team. After a quick warmup we were off to the races and seriously, the beginning of the race was one of the hardest physical challenges I have ever encountered. Our all-star boys took off ahead of the pack up the LONG STEEP HILL and I could see my sisters just in front of me. I couldn't speak or catch my breath until we reached the top of the bloody mountain and got water. Krysten and Jamie were right behind me and we joined a little trifecta just as we reached the peak. Then the fun really began.
We climbed ropes and walls, ran through mud pools, and slid through the muddy trails from one obstacle to the next. I had made the exciting mistake of not looking into the details of the obstacles ahead of time. So when we came to a clearing and were told to jump over a giant campfire, I didn't have time to stop and think - I just gaver and hoped to high heaven I didn't land in the fire rump first! By the time we rounded the last hill and the finish line was in sight, we were completely pooped, but so happy. I have never had so much fun in a race before.
|My sisters Sarah Pain and Megan Dunbar: "We DID it!" - Photo by Bill Pain|
We got out of our incredibly muddy/wet gear and slid into our cars. A hot shower has never felt so good! After we cleaned up we returned to the battleground to re fuel with beer, BBQ, and POSK paleo treats.
I can't wait for Insane Pain to regroup and participate again next year. And this time, I'm not skipping ANY hill runs during training! Our team finished in 4th place out of 24, thanks to the rockstar boys on our team: Bill Pain, Dave Pain, Andrew Pigott & Adam Knowles. But hey, I'm pretty proud of us girls too. As my mom said to me on the phone the day before the race, "I think my daughters have forgotten that they're girls! You be careful out there, this is Survivor Collingwood!", to which I say "HELL YEAH!".
Thanks Met Con Blue, for a killer race, an awesome party and a great excuse to get together with such amazing people. See you next year!