It probably comes as no surprise that I, like most shoppers today, am all about shopping on Amazon. It's really not about the Prime shipping speed - I actually went without Amazon Prime for 11 months (because they wouldn't let me be a student anymore... I was bitter) but I survived! No, for me I really just like being able to buy all of the things I want in one place, and sometimes I even get some incredibly sweet deals.
Here are some of my favorite things about Amazon!
This weekend was the Arizona Stadium Sprint held at University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals. Now, let me be clear, it is freaking hot out right now. Like, 110 degrees and there is never any cloud cover here. I do not know why this event was held in July, but I am damn glad it was held at Cardinals Stadium, because it is air conditioned!
Earlier this year, I chose not to participate in the Las Vegas Super & Sprint weekend. I kept it pretty quiet, and didn't advertise that I was or wasn't going. Even though my reasons for not participating were valid, I felt really guilty and extremely weak for not "Spartan-ing UP!" And just doing it anyway.
The Big Bear race is this weekend, and I have decided not to race as I had originally planned. The process of not participating in an event and transferring that unused registration for another future event is called deferment. Spartan has posted new deferment instructions, tips, and FAQ's on their help website, check it out for more specific instructions on how to defer your race and transfer credit. (Spartan Race Help - Deferment)
Even though I have chosen to defer Vegas and Big Bear for different reasons, I struggle emotionally with the decision to defer a race, and I want to share some of those issues with you to help you recognize when you might want to think about deferring an event yourself.
(This is not a step-by-step checklist for you to use to decide whether or not to race. It is an insight into the mind of a Spartan who has made that decision twice, which might help you make your own.)