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Spartan Race Prep Lead-Up

Sign ups for 2015 Spartan Races opened the other week so we (me and my Tribe) signed up for the Colorado Springs Military Sprint (May 2) and the Breckenridge Beast (June 13) and I am starting to plan out my training now.

I started Stronglifts 5x5 at the beginning of October and have been making steady progress. I started with the empty bar for most lifts, a bit of weight for rows and deadlifts, and as of my most recent workouts:

  • Squat 5x5 - 160lbs
  • OHP 5x5 - 95lbs
  • Deadlift 1x5 - 225lbs
  • Bench 5x5 - 95lbs
  • Row 5x5 - 115lbs

Squats are starting to feel pretty hard, as are OHP. Deadlift is getting challenging, but I pulled 315x1 (3 times) last Christmas so I know I have some room. Bench doesn't feel that hard yet, nor do rows, but there's some extra considerations related to my shoulder issues.

The plan I'm working on I will likely start in January, though I may start the running training sooner. The current plan is to have daily mobility and stretching, follow a 5/3/1 program for my major lifts, body weight assistance exercises, running training based on the Brian MacKenzie Power, Speed, Endurance/Crossfit Endurance 12 week half marathon training program, weighted walks/hikes, a skill component which is mostly gymnastics abilities, and then climbing and parkour training.

I'm still working out some of the details, but the plan seems to be coming together.

The Military Sprint we did last year and it was 4+ miles, 15+ obstacles, and many of them were designed by the military (it was at Ft. Carson) making them super rugged.

The Beast is a new challenge for us, it's 12+ miles, 25+ obstacles, and the fact that it's at altitude in Breckenridge will make it that much harder.

We're looking for a Super (8+ miles, 20+ obstacles) so we can get the Trifecta, but no word on whether one is happening in Denver so we may be eyeballing the SLC Super.


Doing the 30 day blog challenge, so I'm going to write something every day for the next 30 days. Some topics to consider:

  • My diet, how it's been going , cheats lately, weight loss
  • Shoulder issues, and all that jazz
  • Training updates
  • Spartan obstacles and appropriate training
  • Specific training options/plan, why I'm doing them, resources for them
  • Meditation
  • Cooking, my favorite recipes
  • Fat logic
  • Foam rolling, and why I don't do it every day (hint, being an idiot)
  • Stretching, and why I don't do THAT every day either (see above)
  • Holiday stuffs