Pre-Race Report: PA Spartan Super 7/16

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The dreaded Spartan Super is only a day away. A lot of people are excited about this race. It will be fun and extremely challenging. I’ve never done a Super before and don’t know exactly what to expect. Well, that’s not entirely true because Spartan has the same obstacles at all their races and I’ve completed three Sprints here before. So I can expect the rope climb, rig, log carry, sandbag carry, bucket bridge and spear throw. I’m a big fan of the spear throw, but it seems like a lot of people aren’t huge fans. Even if I miss it I still think it’s my favorite obstacle at Spartan.

This course is supposed to be one of, if not, the most difficult Super’s that Spartan has to offer. Many people have nicknamed it “little beast.” If you remember from the NJ Spartan Beast that was the most challenging race I’ve completed. So after completion on Saturday this has a good chance of being the second most challenging. Great, right? Although, no official course map has been released it’s expected to be 10 miles, around 30 obstacles and plenty of elevation changes. That sounds almost too easy.

Another highlight about this race is that it’s the third race in the Spartan NBC US Championship Series. Five races from the season schedule are selected to be apart of this series. This is the third year that Palmerton, PA has been selected. From what I’ve heard they are selected based off difficulty so naturally this race should be difficult. If you’d like to know about the Spartan NBC US Championship Series you can click here.

Since this is considered an endurance event I’ll be bringing my hydration pack for this one. Of course, this also means I’ll have to stuff it with plenty of goodies. For the most part I’ll be bringing the same stuff I brought to the Spartan Beast. Headlamp and glowsticks are required…again. I’m not a fan of carrying those, but rules are rules. Below are the other items I’ll need for Saturday.

  • Photo ID (wallet)
  • Waiver
  • Confirmation Email (saved on my phone)
  • Running Shoes
  • Running Clothes (shirt, compression shorts, compression pants)
  • Flip Flops
  • Towel
  • Change of Clothes & Shoes
  • Backpack
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Race Socks
  • Gloves
  • Headlamp with batteries
  • Extra batteries for headlamp
  • 2 Glow Sticks
  • Arm Sleeves (from Sleefs)
  • Hydration Pack with Nutrigrain Bars, packs of fruit snacks, one Gatorade, one 1L water bottle and a pack of Starbursts.

My biggest concern about this race is the expected heat. This race is notorious for high temperatures and lots of sun. Even though we’re on a mountain it still gets humid, hot and sticky. I’ll be taking full of advantage of each water station.

My goal is just to complete the race. I’m not concerned about the obstacles. If I can’t do them then I can’t do them. However, I’ll do whatever I need to do to cross that finish line.

Weather Report: 87 degrees and partly cloudy. There’s a small chance for a stray shower or thunderstorm. I actually wouldn’t mind the rain.

Ange and Mike will be with me on Saturday. Keith is racing too, but due to a last minute scheduling issue he is racing later in the day. Once we complete this we’re each only a Sprint away from our first trifecta. Fun times are ahead!

As long as I don’t pass out from heat exhaustion my next mile will be a full race review on the “little beast” Spartan Super.

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