I came across Routeshuffle in an email from ProductHunt. "Create random exercise routes; made by a 15 year old runner" said the description. I personally love supporting kids' and young adults' dreams, and think it's one of the ways we can build a better future for all, so I clicked through and got to reading.
The Arizona Spartan Race Weekend has been the start of my race season for the past two years, and this year was no different.
Starting with the Open House on Friday afternoon – this is something new that I first encountered last year in Sacramento. The Open House is a two hour window where racers are encouraged to come out and check out some of the course, interact with some vendors, and ask questions of trained SGX coaches who also lead tours and give tutorials on certain obstacles. This Open House I attended as an Ambassador, covering one of the coaches on Facebook Live while he led a tour, and while I think part of the value was in this coaches' enthusiasm for Spartan, but it also was a valuable opportunity to try out some hard, burpee-making obstacles without any penalties. One crowd favorite was trying out the Twister; this obstacle was introduced last year and seems to be as difficult and hated as the spear throw. There are many different techniques for conquering this obstacle and I think a lot of people benefitted from seeing other people try it and giving it a shot themselves.
One of the things Spartan Races teach you is a concept called "obstacle immunity". The heart of this concept is, you voluntarily make yourself unbelievably uncomfortable a few good times and all of a sudden, your scale of what matters and doesn't matter changes dramatically.