With a cry of “aroo!” I scrambled under the last of the rows of barbed wire. Dizzy, frustrated, and ready to finish, I jumped over the fire clumsily and tried to look as timid as a could as I ran towards the gladiators that stood between me and my medal. They hit gently at first, then as I found myself past them, they hit me on the back and sent me stumbling across the finish, breathless, grinning and ready to rest.
“Why Spartan?” a friend asked me when I got home. “Why would you put yourself through such pain and frustration when you could spend a lazy day at home?” It’s a reasonable question, of course. No sane human being would subject themselves to such an ordeal without good reason.
What’s the answer, then?
Spartan because there’s not a more satisfying finish line.
Spartan because my body can take it, and it will.
Spartan because giving in and giving up are the worst ways to live.
Spartan because it teaches you to fight to get passed what’s hard.
Spartan because it’s a fight you can only win with physical strength, mental fortitude and a good dose of insanity.
That’s why I choose Spartan. It’s why I trudged through miles of mud to stumble across a finish line and collect the medal. It’s why I trained, it’s why I took care of an injury by resting and recovering. But, why Spartan?
Spartan isn’t just about the race. It’s about taking any challenge on with furious energy and determination. It’s about ripping you off the couch and getting you into something that scares the crap out of you.
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