“The Hurricane Heat is what its all about for me. It is the culmination of doing what I do naturally in a Spartan Race. This was my first HH and it will certainly not be my last. A team is strong because of its commitment to a common goal. I don’t know what our common goal was beyond having fun. If that was the goal, our level of commitment far exceeded that of what we needed to achieve that goal.” HH-007 A Storm in the Desert.
Thats how I felt after my first Hurricane Heat. I went on to complete 2 more and am now at the precipice of number four. I still enjoy the HH the most, racing or not. And I still love it for all the same reasons. But its not just the Hurricane Heat. Its the team work that is abundant at every level of Spartan Race. I was asked to re-post the following as a blog. But I feel to do so I must mention that Spartan Race is often a defining race for Obstacle Course Racers. Its seen as the toughest introductory race. The most competitive of competitive races and the most arduous at all levels. But its something different to everyone. Whether it is your first, 10th, 100th race. If its a Hurricane Heat, Sprint, Super, Beast, Ultra Beast and even the Death Race you must approach them the same. You must put aside fear and doubt. You must rise to the challenge you have accepted. There’s no turning back, move forever forward.
Some of you will do your first Spartan Race on Saturday. For some it will be your first Hurricane Heat. For a few, you have accepted the challenge to do both. These are brave and wonderful things you have chosen. Do not let one once of trepidation dilute or misguide your challenge. This is what you want. Do not put energy into fear, but channel it into faith in yourself. Your body is a wonderful thing and your mind has not even begun to fathom the heights and distances that it can achieve. I researched some words for you to take with you as you enter this great thing we call Spartan Race.
For the First Timers:
“Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them… they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight.” ~Orison Swett Marden
For the First time Hurricane Heaters:
“The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. That’s the time to listen to every fear you can imagine! When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead!” ~ G.S. Patton
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
~ Frank Herbert.
Toes on the line. Eyes on the horizon. What is set before you is no where near as great as what’s inside you. The tightness in your chest is the heart of lion roaring to escape. The pain in your muscles is the last vestiges of weakness digging in to hold on while your true strength pushes it out. The time for preparing is over. The time for Greatness is upon you