Since this site is all about achievements, I managed to snag a real life one last month and wanted to share it with all of you - completed my first obstacle course. All of the pictures are processed on their website (there are hundreds -- maybe thousands -- of them) from the event and I tentatively gave up on trying to find any of Dawn or myself yet. Heck, can't even find any of the others from the group we went with. It was mostly from Dawn's work, so it was cool to finally meet her coworkers and who she has to tolerate every night.
For the time being, I'll post before and after pictures:
Speaking of Dawn's coworkers, they're all actually really, really cool. A few are even gamers! They can't be all that bad in my book. They mentioned Destiny 2
and clans -- couldn't help but laugh when they asked me if I was going to play it. I really didn't get into achievement discussions with them, but they did comprehend the whole "completing games" temptation I have. At least they could somewhat relate and didn't look at me as if I had lobsters coming out of my ears.
Anyway, the whole race was quite enjoyable to partake in, with all things considered. It was very difficult, but pleased with Dawn and I grinding through the obstacles and persevering through. We didn't complete all of the obstacles and it might be easier to list the ones I personally didn't complete rather the ones I was able to get through.
I learned that investing in gloves for some of these obstacles are almost a necessity for my soft, delicate hands, lol. It would have helped since my limited arm span prevented me from going far into this particular obstacle. I felt like I had the adequate upper strength, I just couldn't maintain a good enough grip to advance far. Plus, I didn't get to this obstacle until the last quarter of the race, so my stamina had already dwindled so far that I was probably on the fifth
wind. My second wind had already been depleted a few miles back!
Sounds funny when I say it out loud, but I should have climbed up this backwards. Unlike the last event, which was a new addition, I had researched this one prior and several people suggested to not climb up this obstacle in a traditional sense.
Doubtful it would have played much of a factor since my downfall was an outside element -- muddy water. The bars were incredibly slick from the previous event (HINT: involved muddy water). Managed to get about halfway until I lost grip during the transition going downwards - oh, so close! I'll get it next time, for sure.
Technically, I probably didn't pass this one since I leapt towards the bell to ring it, but as I was hanging on the second to the last pole/rope, my calves cramped up, lol. Oh, it was bad. It was almost like being frozen in time; a paralyzing sensation. That said, I just skipped the last section by reaching out and smacking the bell with my fingertips. Whatever works, right?
Now, my favorite obstacle was actually this one, mostly because I didn't think it would be passable with my skill set initially. Turns out it actually wasn't all that bad.
That obstacle was all about momentum. If you didn't implement that, you'd just get stuck, hanging, lol. Dawn learned that the hard way -- poor girl. I'm calling her out. Hope she doesn't see this blog. Eek!
All in all, it was a fantastic experience. Outside of the cramping -- groin and both calves -- and having a dry heaving fit due to snorting some of that nasty muddy water at one point, I got to say that it was definitely more enjoyable than what our original plans were going to be: waiting in line for hours on end for short-lived enjoyment, spending money on overpriced concession food and things like that. Ultimately, it probably would've been a forgettable experience and waste of our time. Totally glad we ended up doing this Savage Race instead. The group we went with certainly complimented that experience too.
Plus, we're going to one-up our original plan by going to Paris and checking out their Disneyland for our honeymoon. Man, I can't wait!
For those of you that's been, anything in particular we should check out? Dawn wants to be all morbid and check out the crypts, lol. I just want to eat their food!
And, with that - oui, oui, Paris!