|I'm ready! Let's do this!|
Getting to the Pomona Fairplex was a breeze. No more than a 30 min car ride for the kids and I. Because the youngest one was just getting used to using the big boy potty, we decided that it would be best for him to stay home with the wife so that she can help him if he needed to go to the bathroom. The Fairplex is a huge place and I wanted to avoid a set back with his progress if he didn't make it to a bathroom. Anyways, once I walked in and received my pick up packet, I headed over to the Midway.
|At the start and ready to go!|
|My daughter hanging out by the mini obstacle course|
|Step into a fire man's shoes and don their uniform|
|The Hero Rush gods demanded a sacrifice!|
Because I stayed behind to look for my glasses in the pool, I was alone and way behind my group. Luckily, my glasses still had one of the lenses so when I was lost, I would use that one lens to find my way. I managed to get through those early obstacles without a hitch. Running across tires, no prob. CPR lesson, no prob (I couldn't help but think of Dwight while doing it. lol). Dragging a set of tires and walking through a creek, no problem. Crawling through dark tubes with string and rubber bands blocking your way, no prob. Then I got to the flight of stairs and a fire hose.
Between the obstacles, you would run/jog for a good 5 minutes or so. I can see how some people could get winded between obstacles, but this one took the cake. The fire hose weighed anywhere from 75 to 100 pounds and you had to carry that sucker through 14 stories of stairs. 14!!! You know how many steps that is? Way to many. Once I got to the top, I felt the burning in my legs and thighs. I felt heavy. I felt tired. Then the path led me another flight of stairs but this time, going down. So as I made my way down, I told myself, almost there. Almost there... Once I made it the bottom, I was relived. I wanted to drop the fire hose right then and there. But my eye sight failed me and I didn't noticed that I had to do it again. AGAIN!!! Hero Rush volunteers cheered me on. Some noticed the broken glasses in my hand and offered me a pass to skip the obstacle. My legs are heavy. I didn't know whether or not I would be able to make it to the top again. My heart said I could do this... My body said I was crazy. The Hero Rush gods were challenging my determination. I took a minute to catch my breath... and took that first step back up the stairs again. I felt my thighs and calves burning by the time I made it to the top again, but I continued. Refusing to give up. Once I made it back down again, I was greeted by Hero Rush volunteers, cheering me on, and offering water. I appreciated it greatly. I felt slightly rejuvenated, I felt good. I did it. I didn't quit! I dropped the hose and jogged along the course.
At this point, I feel pretty spent. I was no longer running. I was jogging down the course. The sun was hot and that water really helped. After a few more crawling in the dark obstacles and lot of slow jogging, the next wave of participants caught up to me. Even though I lagged behind, I was glad that other participants reached up to me. I now had a guide. I no longer needed to look through my broken glasses to find the path of the course. I simply followed the person in front of me through the stables and dirt part of the course. Then we reached an obstacle where a "body" needed to be placed on a stretcher, carried over barricades, helped under barbed wire and carried back to the starting point. No way in hell would I be able to do that alone. Partnering up and working together with a woman that caught up to me, we made easy work of the barricade and barb wire crawl. After a quick high five at the end, we jogged along.
|Dark tube with dripping water to climb|
|My daughter waits for me at the bottom of the slide|
|Drenched and tired... but still going!|
|Do a little dance, Metallman!|
|I finished! Too bad my glasses didn't make it!|
|My Hero Rush medal!|