It was a nice early wake up call with the alarm going off at 3.15am to make sure we leave enough time to have that coffee boost and a short 2hour 45 min drive to an event that Im not even competing in the elites devision and am only really there to support the rest of Obstacle Racing Victoria and maybe get a pottering lap in.
The elites set off first and we thought we would try something new and broadcast live on periscope, both the start of the event as well as the elite finishes. Mad Cow was a great event to test these new fangled technologies. It was weird receiving messages from all over the world including France, America and the UK. It was a great testing ground and one that I hope we will be doing for future OCRL races across Australia, just trying to figure out all the little bit and pieces first, in which I thought I actually saved but obviously not when going back to them now (lesson learnt).
There is nothing worse then sitting on the sidelines whilst everyone else is running off, but I know that there was absolutely no point in pushing myself and causing another tear and then more recovery time, so I waited and cheered and broadcast.
It was a beautiful day with the sun shining brightly, only problem was it was getting hotter and hotter and was supposed to hit about 37 degrees. So when I did get a chance to go on a pottering lap it was a small relief to get to any water or milk stations. The great thing about these laps is that you go at a nice steady pace, you're not racing, you're their to have some fun and enjoy the whole OCR experience. This is an opportunity to perfect the obstacles that might get you a little stuck from time to time (for me its always those high walls and monkey bars).
So to my delight and after a few attempts, I actually made it up and over the high wall, I guess persistence is a virtue and you can succeed if you continue to try.
This really is an awesome course if you want to try and give Obstacle Racing ago, you can do it on your own, in your own time, as part of a team or compete. There wasn't anything too difficult for the seasoned obstacle racer but it was just lots of fun, and from what I saw of the elites, you leave it all out their on the course especially as it was relatively flat.
Even though I couldn't compete, it is always great to catch up with these bunch of fun people, that are looking to enjoy a cruise around the course, step out of their usual comfort zones and competitive nature and enjoy what we love doing so much. Plus you don't have to be an elite athlete to enjoy a day out with some awesome friends.
Keeping you posted on the OCR (Obstacle Course Racing) journey. Letting you know about courses, events and general health and fitness.