How to Spartan Race
THE DAY BEFORE
It was the day before
Spartan Lake Dewar and our busting-with-excitement GoGoRace team woke up to the news that most flights going into Melbourne had been cancelled due to the weather.
On our way to the airport, we checked our flight status every two seconds hoping the excess wind and precipitation wouldn’t rain on our parade. By some amazing stroke of luck our flight was the only one going ahead. We weren’t sure whether to be ecstatic or fear for our lives but the flight was quick and painless, and before we knew it we were greeted by beautiful Melbourne and its sub-zero temperatures. First obstacle for the weekend and we nailed it. Boom.
We picked up our
Hyundai Tucson and made our way to the Royal Botanic Gardens where we did some mobility work to loosen up our joints before the big day. The relaxing indoor swim that followed had us party animals prepped and ready for bed by 7pm.
Zero sleeps to go, it was zero degrees and go time. We were suddenly questioning why we ever signed up to do an adventure race in Winter. We taped our knees/ankles/any joint potentially at risk, put on our
SKINS compression gear, and jumped in the Hyundai Tucson headed for Lake Dewar.
The drive from Melbourne CBD was mystical and foggy yet stunning, it felt like a scene out of
The Hobbit. Not quite the weather you hope for right before you’re about to wade through iced water, mud and barbed-wire, but we were too excited to really care. As the nerves started to creep in we thought we’d distract ourselves with our own lip-sync battle, and test out the Hyundai Tucson’s stellar touch screen audio system. It did not disappoint. Check out our pre-Spartan antics below:
Channeling our inner warriors, we arrived at the event ready to chase the glory. We caught up with Max (Spartan CEO and race legend) and made our way to the starting line. If there’s one thing that can pump you up for an adventure race in the wet, minus-degree weather, it’s the sound of a crowd chanting ‘WE ARE SPARTAN’ over and over and over again. It quickly became clear that
Spartan is more than just an event. It’s a community.
We weaved through the swarm of competitors and tackled the first few obstacles. We waded through mud pits, transported sand bags, we climbed and weaved, we jumped over barriers, army crawled through the rough and freezing terrain and then finally arrived at the ‘Spartan Fort’.
It was one of the craziest and most daunting obstacles we had ever seen. Whether it was courage or pure determination to stay alive, our team conquered the obstacle like the athletes we are. Seriously though,
Four Weeks to Warrior could not have prepared us better.
We had so much fun and surprisingly came away unscathed (albeit slightly battered and bruised with frostbite).
Spartan was tough in parts but it was an incredible experience and we can’t wait to do it again.
Whether you’re a beginner or experienced obstacle racer – you will have the best time. Take
Nathan Wilburn for example, who at age two was involved in a car accident which resulted in him being a paraplegic, completed the Spartan Sprint without his wheelchair. Our team watched him dominate obstacles first hand, which both inspired and motivated us to keep going.
Spartan has the GoGoRace tick of approval and we would hands-down recommend it to anyone wanting to give an adventure race a go. Not only will you get a killer workout, you’ll meet a bunch of like-minded fun people and experience first-hand what it’s like to be a part of an uplifting community.
If you’re considering taking the leap and registering for an adventure event, read our tips on how to get race-ready