This will be the first ever Spartan Race in Chon Buri, Thailand and I’m not even worried. For the most part, there’s a huge underestimation of the race happening within my mind that will sneak up on me.
Malaysia Was A Rude Awakening
I thought the Spartan Super in Kuala Lumpur was going to be relatively easy. Even halfway through the course, my legs were sound and I didn’t have any tension in my upper back. However, things got pretty difficult when I had to carry a bucket of rocks for almost a quarter mile – leaving my back in a good amount of pain. I had to also carry a sandbag over my head into a ravine and all the way back up. By the end of the race, my knees were buckling on the outside and it was difficult for me to go down anything. I recall coming across the 3rd to last obstacle and seeing another contestant who had given up on doing burpees.
Towards the end, it was just pain. It being in Kuala Lumpur probably didn’t help because there wasn’t a sense of comradery and fellowship between everyone running. Everyone either just looked out for themselves, or their group. There was no cheering each other on and no speaking to one another.
Thailand – I’m Just Praying To Any Entity In The Universe
That prayer is simply hoping that everyone will work together to achieve the goal, just like Tough Mudder. This is what separates Tough Mudder from Spartan, too. In Bali, Melbourne, and Phoenix (three different continents), everyone worked together to battle it out to the finish. Australia, towards the very end, people just wanted to finish. America, given the fact that we’re just so warm-hearted (lol), reeled everyone in, regardless if you knew them or not. I recall helping an older lady over a Berlin Wall with her daughter and son on the other side. It doesn’t matter who you are and what background you’re from…..
……The goal is to develop a sense of fulfilment, heart, and help one another. That’s what this race is predicated on.
So, for those Thais who will read this throughout the course of the week, do something for someone without being told to do it!