A couple days before, my dear daughter (DD) and I picked out some dry fit shirts at Walmart so we could all match. I couldn't find a matching one in her size so I put her in an adult men's small and tied it off in the back with a rubber band. Since my dear son (DS) has been in men's clothes since he was 9, this wasn't an issue for him. I had them both designate a pair of old worn out shoes for the race. My DD wore her black unpadded bike shorts (though I couldn't convince her of the value of going commando in them) and DS wore his swim trunks (which aren't likely to be around by next summer anyway).
We got up fairly early Sunday (having gone to mass Saturday night) and headed to Columbia's Midway Expo Center. We had signed up for one of the earlier "competitive" waves after the lady at Ultramax said that most waves weren't full and to just pick the time that worked best for us. This was only the 4th wave so we were definitely on the early side - as shown by our awesome parking spot. The sky was getting dark and we wondered if we were going to get rained on (it did sprinkle a bit - barely noticeable). The overcast sky kept the morning temps in the upper 70's. Almost cool! What a blessing! We got our packets, put our timing chips on, etc and walked over to the start area (which was in a different spot this year - as was nearly all of the rest of the race/obstacles).
They had a color station right outside the start area with folks spraying or tossing color on you as you wished. DD got some on her, but the rest of us waited a bit. I got someone to take a pre-race team shot and then we stood around and watched the 3rd wave take off and we got in the starting corral.
|Can't see it too well, but she has orange legs and purple splatters on her upper body/face/hair|
|Luebbert Lunatics team shot - pre race|
|Me and the kids in the starting area - just behind us you can kind of see the wood that is the bridge|
and to the right (behind the "EP") is the trough of ice water - it'd be about 45-50 min before we were back here
|Daughter and husband ahead of me on the first obstacle (before it got deeper)|
|My teammates running up the first hill without me|
Pretty soon we popped out of the woods and had to climb over a wall. The "step" was about waist high and too high for my daughter. I sent my husband over to help her down the other side and thankfully another racer helped her up. Then we raced across a field to the big slide. This was about the only "obstacle" that was the same - and that is because it was once again super awesome! I was trying to wipe off my camera and get it ready to take a pic, but my son was too fast and already mostly down the slide when I got this snapped. He's the orange dot about mid-pic. I'm pretty sure that is my husband on the left slide about the same distance down.
|Would have loved to wear my Garmin and get the speed on this big slide. It was FUN!|
|Daughter is up on log ahead of her dad, monkey bars in the distance|
(fighting wet disposable camera)
Then, it was back into the woods for some more relatively open running. My son wasn't too keen on the running part and walked more than I had hoped he would. My daughter was a freaking rock star and was regularly asking her dad to run ahead of us with her. It was down and up through some ditches and crawling out of a couple ravines on wood ladders. There were a few more zombies to jump out at us and some eerie banjo music playing from a stereo run off a generator. At one point, we popped out of the woods again after a pretty good hill to a water station and caught a quick pic (because we take the term "race" pretty loosely):
|Glad I thought to make my husband take at least a couple of me|
|Daughter is out of the ice water, husband heading up the ladder|
There ahead of us was the last obstacle. There were ropes about 2' off the surface of the mud so you had to nearly army crawl through it. My son walked around because he was just not up for it. But the rest of us powered through:
|Two orange shirts crawling are daughter and husband|
We got our finisher glasses, but decided to come back after we washed our hands for the drinks and food. We took a couple of pics and then jumped into a big swimming pool they had for a rinse before getting some Gatorade and granola bars and bananas. My husband had a beer too and the kids split a Monster energy drink with me.
|Immediately after the finish line|
|Wish the lady would have been a smidge closer, but this is the team shot after the dip in the pool|
|After a little bit of a shower|
|Selfie with my girl after our garden hose showers|
|Katy Trail and soybeans behind us - beautiful morning for a run!|
Biking = 1071.1 miles
Running = 166.9 miles