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Countdown to the Seattle Spartan Super Obstacle Race

a moms journey to complete the Spartan Trifecta, mom life, mom life optimized, spartan super, spartan obstacles

14 Weeks to Go

It’s been a week since I made the decision to complete a Spartan Trifecta in 2019!  I made the final decision with the support and encouragment of my husband on December 31st, 2018 just before midnight as we were sitting on the couch watching the ball drop. I hit that purchase button, received my confirmation email and BOOM! I was off to the races of emotions. Emotions like excitement, then fear; motivation and then doubt. I know along the way its going to be the same.

Purpose Behind My Decision to Complete Spartan Trifecta at 40 Years Old

a moms journey to complete the Spartan Trifecta, mom life, mom life optimized, spartan super, spartan obstaclesMy husband completed the 2018 Spartan Trifecta and is now headed to the Seattle Fire Academy for the next 4 months. Between seeing him complete the Trifecta last year and his training and preparation for the Fire Academy I have been motivated to try to keep up with him not in strength as he is a man and I am a woman and I never intend to be stronger than him, but in health and fitness so we are doing this together!

I want to be fit and healthy for a long time as I raise our 4 children and want to keep up with them. I want to stay fit and healthy along with my husband as a way we can connect and relate and maintain a good marriage as we go through this life raising kids and before we know it be in retirement together.

I also want to be an inspiration to others; to other moms and 40 year old women who might think they are done doing things like this. It’s not over until it’s over!

How Will I Train For a Spartan Super?

Honestly, I don’t have it all planned out yet. I’ve Google searched, Pinterest searched, Yahoo searched, watched many YouTube videos and talked with my husband. I have a Pinterest Board with all the ideas and motivational quotes I can find. If you are a friend or family member and you know me well, you know I LOVE to plan and organize things. I have found SO many other plans, schedules, how to train, what to do, what not to do, that now I feel a bit overwhelmed.

I’ve decided to watch a few different folks on YouTube, Pin alot of schedules and plans on my Spartan Race Board, and then pick and choose what I like. I’m also a program manager and engineer by degree and have all the skills to put something together myself. Most plans are for men, although there are a few for women.

My Individualized Spartan Training Plan (So far)

So, with all that said, I don’t have the plan exactly layed out yet, but that is the goal for this week as I continue to do some research. The biggest piece of advice I would give at this point is to read up on all the different obstacles. Learn what they are by their names because many of the workouts I’ve found just name the obstacle and sometimes its a little confusing as to what they are.

 

Here is a list I’ve come up with so far and what I’ve also found through research on what the different weights will be for those obstacles. There is no guarantee all of these obstacles will be in the race you are doing. They mix it up and change it up often, but I believe if you train for most of these you will be prepared for anything.

 

Some of the Many Spartan Obstacles

a moms journey to complete the Spartan Trifecta, mom life, mom life optimized, spartan super, spartan obstacles#1 – The Terrain – The terrain you will find yourself racing along is your most consistent obstacle. It is unknown as well because each race is done in a different place, with different weather and different elevations. If the weather is cold you could have icy conditions, if it is raining you will have muddy and slippery conditions, etc. These races are not done on pavement, it’s part of the obstacle course.

There are a number of different types of obstacles in the Spartan race to challenge you in many different ways. This is not just strength and endurance, this is also VERY mental. As part of a Spartan obstacle course you will have climbing obstacles, obstacles that will challenge how much you can carry, how strong your grip is, how low you can go, your overall long endurance capability and even your skill in hitting a target with a spear. Here is an overall list of Spartan Obstacles (and weights where I could find info for them) you just might see in any given Spartan Obstacle Race. Info gathered from SpartanObstacles.com and Spartan.com.

Climbing Obstacles

  • Rope Climb
  • Tyrloean Traverse
  • Over Under Through
  • Hurdles
  • Military Walls
  • Slip Wall
  • Inverted Wall
  • Hay Bales
  • 6, 7, 8 foot walls
  • Z- Wall
  • Olympus
  • Dunk Wall/Rolling Mud
  • Stairway to Sparta
  • Bridge
  • Bender
  • A-Frame
  • Vertical Cargo Net
  • Cliff Climb

Heavy Carries

  • Sandbag (Pancakes – Men 40lbs, Women 30lbs)
  • Sandbags (Bags – Men 45lbs, Women 35lbs)
  • Bucket Brigade (Men 70-100lbs, Women 50-80lbs)
  • Jerry Can
  • Atlas Stone/Atlas Carry (Men 115lbs, Women 75lbs)
  • Log Carry (this can vary, but in general Men 30lbs, Women 20lbs)
  • Tire Flip
  • Armer/Farmer Carry 2.0
  • Plate Drag/Sled (Men 2-45lb weights, Women 1-45lb weight)
  • Herc Hoist (Men 105lbs, Women 75lbs)

Grip

  • Multi-Rig
  • Monkey Bars
  • Twister
  • Ape Hanger

Crawling

  • Barbed Wire
  • Bear Crawl
  • Low Crawl

Cardio

  • Box Jumps
  • Battle Ropes
  • Slam Balls
  • Hand Release Push Ups
  • Assault Bike
  • Rolling Epic

Skill

  • Spear Throw
  • Fire Jump
  • Memory Test
  • Heavy Bag Gauntlet
  • Log Hop

Click here for some great video tutorials – Spartan Obstacle Video Tutorials

Heading Into Next Week – Spartan Training

My Burpee Challenge

My biggest motivation this first week was to set a plan and keep up with it. I’ve continued my normal lifting workouts and increased my cardio time for now. I am also working on getting my burpee abilities up by doing sets of 10-15 burpees throughout the day. My goal is 3 sets of 10 burpees this last week and I accomplished that.  Here is what I’m thinking as a challenge to get my body used to doing LOTS of burpees:

15 Weeks Out – 3 sets of 10 through the day

14 Weeks Out – 3 sets of 15 throughout the day, 5 minutes timed burpees 3x a week

13 Weeks Out – 5 sets of 15, 5 minutes timed burpees 3x a week (beat last week’s by 10%)

12 Weeks Out – 5 sets of 20, 5 minutes timed burpees 3x a week (beat last week’s by 10%)

11 Weeks Out – 5 sets of 25, 5 minutes timed burpees 3x a week (beat last week’s by 10%)

10 Weeks Out – 5 sets 0f 30, 5 minutes timed burpees 3x a week (beat last week’s by 10%)

9 Weeks Out – 6 sets of 20, 5 minutes timed burpees 3x a week (beat last week’s by 10%)

8 Weeks Out – 6 sets of 25, 5 minutes timed burpees 3x a week (beat last week’s by 10%)

7 Weeks Out – 6 set of 30, 5 minutes timed burpees 3x a week (beat last week’s by 10%)

6 Weeks Out – 6 sets of 35, 5 minutes timed burpees 3x a week (beat last week’s by 10%)

5 Weeks Out – 8 sets of 30, 5 minutes timed burpees 3x a week (beat last week’s by 10%)

4 Weeks Out – 8 sets of 35, 5 minutes timed burpees 3x a week (beat last week’s by 10%)

3 Weeks Out – 8 sets of 40, 5 minutes timed burpees 3x a week (beat last week’s by 10%)

2 Weeks Out – 8 sets of 40, 5 minutes timed burpees 3x a week (beat last week’s by 10%)

1 Week Out – I don’t want to do too many this week so I will just do a few sets of 30 throughout the week so I am fresh and ready for RACE DAY!!!

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32 Comments

  1. Nati on January 19, 2019 at 3:21 am

    WOW! That’s quite a challenge girl! you’ve set up the bar high and I am sure you will succeed! Go for it!!

    • Jackie on January 19, 2019 at 8:45 am

      Thank you!! I figure by posting all of this out there I have accountability from folks following along. 🙂

  2. Becca Talbot on January 16, 2019 at 11:16 am

    Go you!! Well done for signing up to the Spartan – it looks like a really challenge run! x

  3. Erica D Ardali on January 9, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    You are so Inspiring! I’m 39 and I am like – I could NEVER! lol but that is probably just me limiting myself. GO girl!

    • Jackie on January 19, 2019 at 8:46 am

      That’s exactly it! You set your limits, but there is also a piece where we don’t want to be dumb and actually hurt ourself because we’ve gone too far. I think for most of us we can do way more than we think we can.

  4. Ingrid on January 8, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    In 2019 you are planning to participate in the Spartan Trifecta while I trying to crawl out to the gym . I admire your determination. Participating in a Spartan takes grit which you obviously have demonstrated by your training outlines. Congrats and I hope you excell.

    • Jackie on January 9, 2019 at 5:11 am

      Thank you so much!! I pray that you are able to also keep to your goals of a healthier you and that you are able to enjoy going to the gym. I know for some that’s not easy. 🙂

  5. Jasmine Hewitt on January 8, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    this sounds challenging, but fun!! wishing you the best of luck!!

  6. Amy Dong on January 8, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    Good for YOU!! So exciting that you’ll be doing Spartan. It’s a toughie for sure, and just looking at all those various requirements makes me a bit dizzy. As a marathoner, I totally get how hard work pays off on race day, though! Way to go and train well!

    • Jackie on January 9, 2019 at 5:12 am

      Awesome!! How many marathons have you run?? I was working towards a marathon until I hurt my hip in a car accident and as weird as it sounds I can do things like obstacles, but not run fast for long distances.

  7. Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog on January 8, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Good luck! Tackling the mental challenge can sometimes be the hardest part!

  8. Stephanie Jeannot on January 8, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Sounds like a very intense race. Hope you do well with it. Make sure you train as much as you can beforehand so that you do not hurt yourself.

    • Jackie on January 8, 2019 at 2:28 pm

      Yes! I have to admit I’m a bit scared, but I’m starting early and plan to train well. We will see how that goes!! Thank you for your comment.

  9. Yeah Lifestyle on January 8, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Wow, how exciting! I’ve heard that Spartan races are very tough but so very rewarding! Wishing you the best of luck and can’t wait to see how you get on.

    • Jackie on January 8, 2019 at 2:28 pm

      They are super hard! I know I won’t be able to do all of it, but I’m going to do as much as possible. It’s exciting to have something to train for and work towards.

  10. Jenne Kopalek on January 8, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    I wish I had the energy to do all of that. I am hoping to move to Seattle in about two years. Can’t wait!

    • Jackie on January 8, 2019 at 2:29 pm

      Really? I love it here! We live closer to Mt Rainier, about an hour south of Seattle, but I do love the PNW.

  11. Lisa on January 8, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    This is an amazing challenge, and I wish you the best of luck! Age is just a number, you can do anything!

    • Jackie on January 8, 2019 at 2:29 pm

      That’s right!! Mind over matter….and age! 🙂

  12. Sophia on January 8, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    This sounds intense, but the best of luck to you. It sounds like a great workout.

    • Jackie on January 8, 2019 at 2:30 pm

      Thank you so much!!! I really appreciate that!

  13. The Tale of Mummyhood on January 8, 2019 at 9:09 am

    I take my hat of to you, this sounds intense! I wish you all of the look, you’ll smash it!

  14. Fiona Cambouropoulos on January 8, 2019 at 4:29 am

    Oh my I am super impressed. What a wonderful challenge and you must be so fit to take this one on. go girl!

  15. Jenny Johnston on January 8, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Wow this sounds tough, good luck!

  16. Kara on January 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

    OMG, I am exhausted just reading about it. Good luck with your training

  17. Samantha on January 7, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    This sounds like such an intense race. Congrats to you for deciding to do it and facing it head on!

  18. Shannon Lyon on January 7, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    WOw you are amazing! good luck!

  19. Danielle Wolter on January 7, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    I am so impressed that you’re doing this! What a great accomplishment it will be!

  20. Sara on January 7, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Good for you and good luck! I’ve always wanted to do the Spartan race; have so much fun!

  21. Annick on January 7, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    spartan races are so so hard! I’m so excited for you and wish you the best of luck trading for it ❤️ go you!!

  22. Lydia Smith on January 7, 2019 at 9:32 am

    This sounds so inspiring. I’m not a mom but I love to read how moms are making life for themselves out of motherhood. Glad you are sharing your journey. Many will be inspired.

  23. Stacie on January 7, 2019 at 8:42 am

    That is going to be so awesome! I have huge respect for people who do these kinds of runs. They are SO hard!

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