While this year's race was at the same location, the organizers made some noticeable, and beneficial changes. Yet another course with a ton of hills proved that elevation changes continue to be my nemesis. However, while most racers tend to move slower through the obstacles and make up time during the run, I've found the obstacles are my strong suit and where I pick up time.
Not sure exactly why, but the Spartan Races in Canada do not seem to be as difficult when it comes to obstacles as those held in the USA. The distances required to pull the concrete blocks and carry the sandbag, are all shorter, and held on relatively flat ground. Even the "Hercules Hoist" - an obstacle where you hoist a boulder by a pulley system about 20-30 feet in the air - seems to use a lighter boulder (unless I've just gotten stronger).
Thankfully, and slightly to my surprise after seeing the 2nd place elite racer even fail during the final obstacle, I made it through without issue. Actually, now that I think about it, I actually made it through the entire course without failing an obstacle. Pretty certain my body was happy about not having to do any burpees.
So here we are, 5 races down, 95 to go. My body is slightly worse for wear (hopefully the saying is true that women like scars, because I'm going to have a lot following this year), but overall is staying strong. Time to shift focus to the next weekend - back-to-back Tough Mudders in Brooklyn, MI.