This past weekend, I participated in a fairly new race. I think the series is only maybe two years old and from the way it seems to me, they’re off to a great start. Battlefrog! (http://battlefrogseries.com/)
It’s a race inspired and designed by US Navy SEALs, based on some of the training and obstacles that those hardcore sailors have to endure. There are three race distances designed for different age groups; 1miler for younger kids, a 5k for teens and some adults and 15k for the more veteran adult racers or those who want a good challenge.
I have to say that this was one of the best races I’ve done. I haven’t done very many, but I rank it higher than the Tough Mudder, which to me, is more of an “experience” and after party rather than a competitive event. Maybe I say that because I enjoy the actual competitive nature of the race event and don’t look as much for the social aspects after the race is done with. That’s the introvert in me.
In any case, as I said, I was duly impressed with the Battlefrog race, which was held on the grounds of a Motocross track North West of Martinsburg, WV. Much of the race though did not limit itself to the track itself and meandered through the woods and terrain on the outskirts of the property. Plenty of tough, rocky terrain that required that you paid attention to where you stepped. A lot of loose rocks that could turn your ankle quite easily. Good, steep hills inside and outside of the woods to keep your balance on its toes.
The obstacles had a good mix of standard fare such as scaling vertical walls, or inclined walls, etc. But there were also terrain-based obstacles such as wading through mucky ponds that could easily have sucked a shoe right off your foot. One of the more unique obstacles was the “Tsunami” in which you run up a 1/4 pipe about 30 feet tall and grab a rope to haul yourself up onto a platform. After the platform, there is a water slide that is fast and fun. I have to admit that sometimes those gravity based obstacles, even something as innocuous as a water slide, gets my heart racing. I don’t much like the sensation of falling.
There was actually a rope climb that I could accomplish too! It was only about 10 feet, so it wasn’t much, but I was able to at least practice the foot braking technique that I’ve wanted to try to figure out so I can do the real ones at Spartan races more easily. (No Burpees!) There were several large a-frame obstacles in which you ascended and descended a cargo net or a frame-only structure; both of those were fun for their height, though that freaked others out who don’t like heights. There were a couple weighted carry-type obstacles also, with jerry cans and sandbags on good steep hills.
Overall, I was happy with the event and would do another Battlefrog race in a heartbeat. Very fun and challenging. I hope they get on their feet a little more to attract more racers in the future and grow. There honestly were not a whole lot of racers, but for a race that is relatively in its infancy, I think they took it in stride well and the organizers still put on a great event.
Thanks also to my Capital Punishment team mates for a fun time and for helping each other.
And now this weekend is the Spartan Sprint in Southern Maryland!! I’m running early and then volunteering in the afternoon. It’s going to be a long day, but oh well, it will be fun. Aroo!
Completely unrelated to racing, I finished my landscaping project, (well sort of). I finished putting down the edging stones and river rock on my front walk area complete with some new azaleas. Big ones that should grow well hopefully with some luck. I’m going to replace the little “Charlie Brown Christmas tree” plant that is quite sad to look at, even though it’s hanging in there. Barely. I’ll try to be careful and replant it in the back somewhere and maybe it will have better luck back there.