Every XX RACE is different each time, in a good way. The course set up evolves, it improves each time.  The race course is a feedback loop, where we watch and learn, take notes and make improvements. For example, the Sandbag Army Crawl from previous races has become the Spider Crawl. Physically it’s an easy obstacle, the only rule is that your knees cannot touch the ground, it’s a bear crawl or spider crawl, basic human movement. It’s an obstacle in every sense. But it’s also a mental toughness lesson that says to keep your head down and stay in the moment.

“Stay in your 3 foot circle”

 If you spend your energy looking up toward the future it’s a dizzying mess. If you stay in the present moment and let your body and mind flow together, it becomes a simple exercise of crawling as we all did as little children.

We’ve added obstacles that incorporate chance- where fortune can looks down on you, and misfortune leaves your face buried in a 40lb sandbag.

 The Sandbag Burpee Dice Obstacle

Roll 2 dice

multiply the dice

Complete the rep scheme with Sandbag Burpees

Sometimes life or the XX RACE hands you a bad break. How do you respond? Lemons or Lemonade? Every Obstacle is a lesson if you chose it to be. We wholeheartedly believe that the “obstacle is the way.” How we respond to adversity during the XX RACE or any OCR event can change how you respond to adversity in life.

Only one XX Racer rolled a double six, which meant he had to do 6 x 6 or 36 Sandbag burpees. Bad break. Sorry, Karl. But Karl gutted through the 36 Sandbag Burpees with grit and determination. He turned lemons into lemonade.

XX RACE is more than a fitness event. It’s meant to challenge the mind, body, and emotions. It’s designed to challenge your mental toughness, to expose weaknesses, and show you the way forward to developing self-confidence. What I often hear from athletes of all skill levels, is negative self-talk. You know that inner voice that says:

“I can’t do it”

“I suck at this”

The negative voice is usually an internal monolog, but during the heat of the XX RACE it’s a spoken voice:

 “I suck at Monkey Bars.”

“I can’t hoist it.”

“I suck at rowing.”

Negative self-talk is a slippery one-way slope to unhappiness. At iMETTLE, we appreciate the hard lessons learned. Success is the goal of many,  but what matters is integrity and the development of one’s character.  We care about the attempt, the process, how you go about your business. The obstacles are meant to be a challenge, some you will conquer and some you might never conquer. What matters:  did you do your job to the best of your human abilities?  Did you try your hardest without cheating the full range of motion or the rep count? Did you dare greatly? Did you silence your inner critic that says,  “You Can’t Do It.”  or did you fail while knowingly you did your best?

Negative-self talk is now banned at the XX RACE. The  slogan:

“I Can’t” must be replaced with “I Will.”

Congratulations to our top finishers. The fastest race time was 1 hour and 1 minute for men’s division and 1 hour 15 minutes for the women’s division. Amazing effort. Congrats to those you have never done a Spartan Race or a Tough Mudder and came in and finished the XX RACE for the first time. The XX RACE will never be about winning or losing, but whether you had fun outside of comfort zone for a brief time. Did you turn lemons into lemonade?

Never Ever Quit Award

Shayne MacLean ran an incredible race in 1 hour and 15 minutes. She is an accomplished OCR racer and also sports the coolest pink Goruck backpack (we are huge fans of Goruck and rucking as a physical activity). The Herc Hoist obstacle tested her mettle.  The pictures below says it all. Shayne was the only women in the field to overcome the Herc Hoist.

After minutes of holding on the the Herc Hoist rope with the weight suspended with hands and forearms fatigued, Shayne figured out the secret, to conquering any obstacle.

“STRENGTH IS MY STRENGTH,” said the girl could.

A special thank you to all the volunteers and iMETTLE staff for putting on another awesome race. The race couldn’t happen if it wasn’t for your support and caring attitude. The next XX RACE is on May, 6th, 2017.  We will be introducing a “short course” format to compliment the 4+ mile, 21 obstacles “Big Course.”  The purpose of the short course is to introduce indoor obstacle racing to beginners, and those racers who are pressed for time. See you at the starting line at the next XX RACE.