Hello there! I just completed my Spartan Race Beast!
They live up to the name “BEAST!!”. The Spartan Beast was held at Iskandar Puteri, Johor on the 9 December 2017. It was 22 km with 35 obstacles race. It was a challenging race for me. At the end of the race, I got all kinds of cramps, bruises, cut and soreness. It was not my best performance as I completed the race at the time of 4 hours 39 minutes.
I had to do 30 burpees for the Spear Throw, Twister and the Multi-rig. My timing from my previous Spartan Race Beast was 4 hours 29 minutes. It was held at Nexus, Putrajaya. There were hills to overcome, rocky terrains, rivers and the tropical jungle. Overall, I am happy and satisfied once I cross the finish line. Indeed, I need to improvise my training plan to improve my fitness level.
On top of that, this was also the first time they organized the Ultra Beast in Malaysia and even in the Asia regions. So what do they need to do? They are required to run two laps of Spartan Beast. That is 42+km with 70 obstacles. I thought Spartan Beast was crazy. But, Ultra Beast was insane! However, I believe finishing the Ultra Beast feels incredible. I plan to join in next year if there organized it again. Aroo!
I would like to share my key learning experience during The Spartan Race Beast! It will be a question and answer format. Here we go!
What did I do one day prior the Spartan Beast?
Three main things. One number, eat! Then, foam rolling and finally sleep. Let’s break it down. What I do is carbo-loading. It’s primarily fueling your body with carbohydrate. I ate approximately 4000 calories of food and drinks. Remember to spread your meals at least every 4 hours.
I just love foam rolling. It helps to release tightness and muscle soreness. It’s for losses the joints. The benefit of foam rolling includes increasing blood flow, improve mobility, and improve the range of motion. So, it helps to reduce the risk of injury.
Lastly, sleep! I sleep about 8 hours before the Spartan Beast. Your body needs it.
What did I eat before running the Spartan Beast?
Before the race, I need to fuel my body with energy. At the same time, I do not want to eat too full. I am sure you do not want to feel bloated while running the race. I ate 3 Yogood chocolate muesli bar, two bananas, and two kit kat bar. I drank a black coffee, Optimum Nutrition, protein shake and the Shadow X, pre-workout.
What did I wear for the Spartan Beast?
I was wearing the Black Modern Vision Impact line. It is one of my favourite workout shirts. The Dry-Tech material was comfortable and dry very quickly. It survives the rough mud when I need to crawl on it. I was using the Spartan OCR Leather Slit glove that was designed by Fit Four. By the way, it was a great glove to avoid ripped calluses, and my palm was still looked good after the race. Highly recommended! For my short, it was a Reebok Compression short. I was wearing the shoe, Reebok Spartan OCR All Terrain shoe. This is very very important. It is a given situation that you need to run through mud, rivers and it may rain as well. You need an all-terrain shoe, and it has to features to remove water from the shoe. The key takeaway here is you need to feel comfortable and efficient.
How do I stay focus throughout the Spartan Beast?
Positive self-talk helps me to focus throughout the Spartan Race Beast. The word that I keep repeating in my mind was FINISH STRONG. I kept repeating FINISH STRONG during my run, overcoming the obstacles and doing the burpees.
What is the right thing that I do during the Spartan Beast?
I believe the right thing was respecting the obstacles. In my previous Spartan Race Super, I was super confident with Altas Carry. I lift it up easily and throw in on the ground. The dirt flew and went into my eyes which cause me precious time. I did it differently this time. Every obstacle I met, I will ask myself, “How can I do this efficiently?” It will open your mind to the required technique to beat the obstacles.
What are the lessons learnt to improve for my next upcoming Spartan Beast?
I was reflecting my Spartan Beast journey, there are two things I need to change. First one, I believe I need a hydration pack. Honestly, I was over-confident that I do not need it. There one part of the race whereby the water station was far away, and my body was in need of water. The second lesson was to bring more power gel. I thought 3 power gel was enough. I still experience cramps throughout my runs. To make it short, I need to equip myself with the hydration pack and power gel until I am fit enough to run the race without it.
I hope this blog post can help and add values to you. Feel free to leave me a question in the comment below. Remember to share it with your family and friends as well.