Editor's note: Cole Kuiper is an obstacle race veteran and programming coordinator at CSN Bay Area. He'll be filing blogs right here as he continues his training for the August 9 Spartan Race at AT&T Park.
Under two weeks left until the San Francisco AT&T Park Spartan Race Sprint and I can hardly move a muscle.
I remember two-a-day training sessions in high school hurting for about two hours, but not for the entire day.
I can’t complain; my training for this event should have started six months ago, instead of one.
I’m no Spartan… in the sense that I’m no legendary ancient warrior or Thermopolitic fame. But the fun thing about the current trend of obstacle-racing, especially the Spartan Race, is that you get to experience the intensity and the (faux) danger.
Whether you are a firefighter, a stock broker, a professional athlete, or a desk-jockey, you get to have an adventure -- and leave everything else behind as you race.
And when you cross that finish line, dripping with sweat, and possibly even a little blood, you are born anew back into your life.
On my team of Spartans this year we have a wide range of athletic prowess and a wide range of training regimens.
On one side of the spectrum, there are the few competitors who have cut their diet to high-protein, low fat, and lots of water to make sure their bodies run like well-oiled machines.
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On the other end, we have people who have been training from the couch with one hand on the remote and the other hand wrist-deep in a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Puffs.
There’s no wrong way to do it, but the group in that latter category better get used to hearing the phrase “30 burpees.”
I find myself somewhere in the middle of those two ends of the spectrum: I’ve been training cardio every day, but kind of slacking off on my weight training. I’ve had zero dietary changes, but have been cutting beer out of my life in favor of wine.
I have every intention of doing several more Spartan Races in my life, so with this year as a nice trial run, perhaps my training regiment will be changed next time around.
There is still time to sign up for the AT&T Park Stadium Sprint. And if you’re there, keep an eye out for Team CSN.
Follow Cole Kuiper on Twitter as he prepares for The Spartan Race: @hellacmk
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