I completed the Spartan Race Super Malaysia on the 9 July 2017 at Nexus International School Malaysia, Putrajaya. The distance was 14.2km with 29 obstacles. It was a tropical and humid environment. I signed up in the Spartan Elite Category to get the feel of being surrounded with the top Spartan Racer. I completed the race with 3 hours 18 minutes and 32 seconds.
Self-Awareness is an essential key element of success. I had a reflection during my flight back home, here are my 3 important lessons from running the Spartan Race Super.
1. Respect the Obstacles
The Altas Ball obstacle was an easy obstacle for me. If you follow me on my Instagram, I have a powerlifting background. Lifting heavy stuff in the race is very easy for me. However, on that day I throw that ball on the ground of hard that some of the dirt bounce off land on my eyes. My hand was dirty so I cannot rub it off. I spent about 15 minutes there to clean my eyes. I was too proud and being a show-off that Atlas ball was an easy one. 15 minutes is a lot of time! A lot! I would be different if I just put the ball down slowly and on my way continue my run. The lesson here is to respect the obstacle, then the obstacle respects you.
2. Ask for help
When I joined the elite category, I thought it is a real competition. They will focus on finishing the time as soon as possible. I was struggling when I the dirt was in my eyes. I tried to handle it on my own first. Some of the Spartan Racer did offer helps. I responded, “It is alright”. I do not want to affect their run time. However, there is a Spartan Racer ignored what I said. He immediately calls the Race Marshall and shouted MEDIC! The Medic was immediately on the scene and gave me water to clean my eyes. I did not manage to see who he was. I am grateful that they are willing to help. One of the Spartan Code is Camaraderie. It means friendships, comradeships, and fellowships. Who ever he is, you have lived up to the Spartan Code of Camaraderie. Who ever you are? Thank you! The lesson here is to ask for help if you need it. I am very sure they will do their best to help you.
3. Bleed more in Training
I failed 3 obstacles. There are Spear Throw, Multi Rigs, and The Twister. These obstacles can be easily overcome with proper technique. I had to say I was rushing through the obstacles which cause me to fail. I need stay focus and take down the obstacle one at a time. There are also hill through out the obstacles, and this is the gap I need to overcome. The lesson here is to be prepared for any unexpected obstacles. If you need to invest in obtaining the right tool to get the job done, just do it. It is better to bleed more in training, then bleeding in a battle.
Call to action;
- Be humble when you faced every obstacle. Especially, the one you are good at!
- Ask for help when you are out of options.
- Train smarter and harder!
I am now preparing for my next Spartan Race Beast on the 8 October 2017. My journey to my second Spartan Trifecta! I share my training through on my Instagram and my Facebook Page. Please show your support by following. Feel free to share to your friends too! Thank you!