Reflecting on 2019 Spartan Champs

by Alexandra Walker

Spartan World Championship you were bipolar, magical, ūü•∂cold, painful and full of smiles ūüėÉ for me. I‚Äôm always truly grateful to stand at the start line with the best female athletes in the whole freaking world.

We took off hard, and I decided from the start to play my own cards in the race... not allowing others to decide how it was going to go. I knew the top obstacles were going to be carnage, so I decided to climb well but not turn myself inside out.

Once I got to the spear I knew if I could make it the rest of the race would go just fine. Nailed it!!!

I proceeded to race obstacle-by-obstacle.

    • Ape hanger. The rope was frozen with ice and I just wanted to make sure when I dropped into the water to keep my upper body and gloves out of the water.
    • Barbwire. I crawled the barbwire because I didn‚Äôt want to get my jacket wet.

    • Sandbag.¬†I arrived at the first sandbag, which was a double, ūüėĪ Spartan race you brought back the type of carries I love! Heavy, long, steep and soul crushing.

As I ran next to the swim, I started taking my gloves and jacket off and stuffing them in a Ziplock bag. I put my life vest on and jumped into the swim with the intention of getting out as soon as possible. Once out, I put my jacket on and started to descend the mountain.

It started to snow harder, and I questioned if I’d ever warm up and if I even wanted to continue suffering. I kept touching hypothermia throughout the whole race; and when I started to feel it, I would try to run fast or yell at my body to consume some GU 
or drink my Tailwind Nutrition. 

I had no clue where I was at placement wise until I hit Monkey in the Middle, and my coach and friends told me I was sitting in 5th. Here it was! My biggest goal for this race was just finishing in the top 5!!

I ran the 2nd climb as much as my body would allow. I started to cramp in my hamstrings coming out of Pipe Lair, and I basically yelled at my body to "Freaking deal with it" and shoved a salt tablet in my mouth. When I was finally bombing down the last descent, I had the biggest smile on my face!¬†ūüėĬ†

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