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this is Sparta

Posted on September 29, 2014

Sparta, Ontario, that is.


One of my bucket list items is “to visit the towns of Marathon, ON, and Sparta, ON”. Just because.

This past weekend, one of my favorite people in the world took me to Sparta as a surprise.

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Thank you, C. This was the best present.

Perhaps, a road trip to Marathon, ON next? ;)





the frigging rig – Vermont Beast 2014 edition

Posted on September 25, 2014
As we arrived to Vermont last Friday, rumour had it the Platinum Rig was going to make a debut appearance at the world championship race. Canadians said: “Ah, the rig!” American said: “What the hell is the rig?” The friendly bright orange contraption has been making an appearance all...
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Matthew Willis at 5:16 pm Sep 25
I was able to fly through this obstacle by getting a hard initial swing from the second ring. I went from that ring, to the first square pipe (kipping two rings and a round pipe). Then Just keep your forward momentum the best you can transferring to the chain bars and rope. Once there, I would get a foot set in each ring, then remove my back foot, swing forward and around to the next ring. Think, pivoting on your forward foot. You just spin yourself and pop the back foot in to the next ring. Repeat x2. Don't bother with the last ring. just reach forward and ring the bell.
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2014 Spartan Race World Championship (Vermont Spartan Beast) – analysis of distance, elevation and difficulty

Posted on September 23, 2014
As the smoke is settling down after the championship weekend, hundreds of you are trying to figure out how long the course was, how steep the hills were, and how heavy those sandbags were. Anyone having flashbacks yet? Well, do I have a present for you… Remember, Alec Blenis...
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iTune at 7:46 pm Sep 27
According to your data, it seems that the actual distance of the race could have been at least 2 miles longer, then the so-called Spartan Miles; where the race is listed at 14.9 miles. This means that me, along with many other people were stopped at 14+mile mark. We were stopped a little before 10pm and told that we could not finish, since there were shutting down the course at 10pm. We were stopped less then two miles away from the finish line. A 'child within me' doesn't think it was fair. A 'child within me' feels that I, along with many others, got an unfair deal. Am i making any sense?

cannot keep calm

Posted on September 18, 2014
“Taper? What taper?” “I hate rest days!” “Is it the weekend yet?” I have heard every single one of the above from my fit athletic badass obstacle racing friends. They moan and roll their eyes at having to ease off on their workouts before the championship this weekend. Yet…...
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