Prado Regional Park, Chino. If you told me I'd be doing this a few years ago I would have laughed but with the encouragement of friends and the hard work I've put in at NerdStrong I felt comfortable and capable of completing this.
carpooled with several friends Rob and Pooja. And met up with more when
we got there... Anne, Micah, Brian, Lindsey and Josh, also Naomi,
Josh's girlfriend, Rob's sister and her boyfriend come out for moral
Under the Wire we reached second obstacle and it's not listed on their
web site so I don't have a name but we had to walk across 2x4 over pools
of water while ice cold water poured down on us. This took great
balance as you didn't want to fall into the cold water but you also
didn't want to hold up your team and take forever.
was "Diesel Dome", which was this large monkey bar type structure made
out of wood. This wasn't to difficult.. you just had to take your time
and make sure you had a good hold of the wood. I think the trickiest
part was when you got to the top and having to then turn around and make
your way down the structure.
We then had to run a good
distance to get to the next obstacle, "Chaotic Cargo". This took
patience and you had to go fairly slow so you didn't fall through or get
tangled in the cargo net.
obstacle was called "Giant Cliffhanger", this one took some arm
strength as you had to climb up this vertical incline with the help of a
rope and then back down the other side. I didn't do to bad with this
one. I think the hardest part was waiting for someone to finish a head
of you before you could make your attempt.
then came across the "Shocktop Unfiltered", which is just a sponsored
obstacle. We had to climb over, under, over, under, over under and over
various obstacles. This wasn't too difficult.. I think the worse part
was crawling over grass that had some sticky things in them.
then came upon "Goliath", this was a huge slide that dropped you into a
muddy pool of water. You had to climb to the top and then slide down.
What you don't know is that the pool is pretty deep and the water is ice
cold, so as soon as you hit it you want to get out of it.
final obstacle was the best but also the hardest... it's called 'Muddy
Mayham" and this is just a big pit of very deep mud. It was like trying
to get out of quicksand. There are so many people in it that you have
feet in your face and other's behind your trying to drag themselves
closer by using your legs. Don't get me wrong.. it was pretty awesome
but extremely trying. I remember looking over at Lindsey and the look of
exhaustion we exchanged was priceless. I don't know how but I manged to
claw my way to the other side and once Lindsey was out my NerdStrong
companions all clasped hands and walked across the finish line together.
Overall the experience was amazing. The running
wasn't bad and all of the obstacles were a blast.. if not cold. I do
wish they had more water stations, especially towards the end, and I was
really looking forward to the final obstacle which was us jumping over
fire, but for whatever reason they didn't have that obstacle.. and on
last thing.. the shower situation wasn't great but other then those
minor issues I had a blast and I can't wait to do my next one.