We all know what it's like to work at a desk job. We sit all day and take an occasional walk to visit the restroom or grab another cup of coffee. It's rough staying fit and healthy when the majority of your day is spent in front of a computer screen.
That's why four of our team members decided to get outside, train up, and participate in a Spartan Race.
Last weekend Ricky, TJ, Nicole, and Steve participated in a Spartan Race sprint at Lake Tahoe and totally crushed it!
So what's the big deal? What does a Spartan Race entail?
- There are three different types of races which vary in difficulty - sprint, super, and beast
- Each race entails running 3 - 12 miles and completing 20-30 obstacles
Read up on their experience written by Nicole:
The chilly wind hit us like a bag of bricks when we opened the car doors at Squaw Valley Resort, CA. We checked the weather beforehand, but we were totally unprepared for the crisp mountain air that awaited us.
I actually came without a jacket on purpose to try to “prepare myself” for the cold mud and water that we were going to have to trudge through later on. Luckily, Ricky’s wife provided me with a light jacket that probably saved my life (ok so that’s a little over-dramatic).
After walking around the the resort and checking out the Spartan Swag, we decided it was time to stretch and get physically ready for the race. We stretched it out, then strolled towards the starting line. To our surprise, there was a 7 foot wall that we had to climb over in order to get to the starting line.
I gathered up the boys and had them give me a boost. Up and over the wall I went, followed by the rest of the pack. One by one I saw them climb over the wall to join me on the other side. A couple more minutes of stretching, and it was time to begin!
The hype-guy spoke super fast - something about signing a waiver, you got yourself into this, etc. etc.
He then asked who we were, and we all yelled “I AM A SPARTAN!” A couple more yells, a pep talk, and the guns went off.
We jogged to the first obstacle - the mud pits!
There were three large mud pits that we climbed, jumped, and slid into. After getting our lower halves soaked with muddy water, we climbed back out. Jake had a spill at the last pit and scraped his knee pretty good. Ricky was also running on a previously injured foot.
What’s a Spartan Race without a few injuries though, right?
There were multiple walls along the way that we had to climb over, and one section that we had to go under a wall, over a wall, and then through a wall with large holes in it. The walls ranged from 7 to 12+ feet high, and I, being 5’3” needed a boost on almost every one of them.
Other obstacles we came across was a barbed wire crawl, and the name of it speaks for itself. Failing any obstacle that’s not mandatory is an automatic 30-burpee penalty. Those burpees KILL! I’m not sure which is worse: running a 5k up a mountain, or doing 60+ burpees.
We all had to do a few sets of burpees for not making the monkey bars. Steve and Clint made it through on the first set!
The worst obstacle was the bucket carry. The hill - or should I say mountain - was steep, and we had to fill our buckets full of rocks and dirt. The buckets range around 50-70 pounds, with the women getting the lighter buckets. We each stopped about 20 times along the hill to catch our breath, but we finally made it down.
I think I can speak for everyone that this was the most challenging thing I have ever done in my life. It really breaks you down mentally and physically! I kept telling myself to keep going, I’m almost done, only a little longer, and finally I made it back around to hand off my bucket to another unfortunate soul.
Making our way across the traverse walls (holding onto skewed wooden blocks on a wall with your fingertips and toes) and the final set of monkey bars, we got to the finish line! We were handed our trophies: medals and snacks, and we got our photos taken.
Obviously after completing a 4+ mile run, we were famished. We grabbed some pizza, chatted with other race finishers, then headed back to the hotel.
It was a fantastic experience and I am so proud of each of my teammates. 10/10 would race again.
WE ARE SPARTANS!
Congrats Ricky, Nicole, Steve, and TJ! HireVue is proud of you!
Want to be part of the next Spartan Race with HireVue? Check out our open positions at www.vuenation.com/careers.