Sunday, October 14, 2007

Volkslauf 2007

This year I did Volkslauf again - essentially my one "event" for 2007. A few things I did differently from last year; first, I did the 10K course instead of the 5K (which was 75 obstacles rather than 55), second, I did it with a team (way more fun!), and third, I brought Texas Gal as a photographer so we can actually see some of these obstacles!

Here's my team, post mud-pit #1, big grins, only half wet. We are me, CAD guy (beside me), Candy Bar (behind me), and Chivalrous, next to her.

The "football post" obstacle, as I call it, was INSANELY covered in mud, and thus extremely slippery... note here that I am also completely covered in mud.

The net obstacle was a little swarmed by the mobs of mud people, ugh - too slow moving!!! Chivlarous is having more luck beside me, having climbed over behind a less nervous person.

This is the main way that we get covered in mud... These trenches under a wooden "bridge" have to be "swum" through on your belly, eyes closed, breath held - clearly blind!!!

The ropes!!! Chivalrous in the foreground, CAD just getting on behind him, and me in the background.

The 10 foot wall. In total there were 4 7 foot walls, 1 10 footer, and 2 or 3 6 footers. I hate this one. It comes right after the ropes... when your arms are less "arm-like" and more "jello-like".

There were several of these tunnels to crawl through also.

Mud hills are the majority of obstacles. Many are low enough to run over, especially if you can get a foot-hold in the mud. Many more you have to crawl over either because there's rope across them to wiggle under, or because they're so slippery you just can't stand up. In this case, it's a mud cliff that you have to use the ropes to get up. I kinda like this one a lot.

After swim-trudging through the final big mud trench we reach the glory hill that marks the finish line! We definitely look less energetic than the first photo!

Woohoo!!! Off to the fire hoses to get rinsed!


Dawn said...

I know this must have been painful, but it looks so fun!!!

gnat said...

SO fun!