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Wipeout Run

24 Aug

Last Saturday James and I made the trek down to Santa Clara for the Wipeout Run with a bunch of James’ colleagues. It’s a non-timed run (most people walked) with a bunch of fun obstacles and a little bit of jogging between them. It was supposed to be 5k but it felt like less.

This was the first obstacle. You had to run across a beam and the the red bars at the top would slowly spin around and knock you off.
IMG_20150822_141329The next obstacle was just a wall to climb over – pretty easy and boring. The next one was called Big Balls, so of course I made James stop running to get a photo. IMG_20150822_143329It was fairly difficult – I saw hardly anyone made it all the way and James was the only one in our group who did (I was close though! I fell off on the third ball).

This is his stretch (or as James would probably call it, his “hero move”) for the final platform. IMG_20150822_144723The next one wasn’t so much an obstacle as a bouncy castle. Here is James psyching himself up to tackle it.IMG_20150822_145536And after that was a huge waterslide! IMG_20150822_150948The water was so refreshing after running in the heat (as long as you didn’t look too closely at how dirty it was). Some of us decided to do the waterslide twice – here are James and Josh on their second time around. IMG_20150822_152204Whee! IMG_20150822_152205Right afterwards was another, non-water slide. I think James ended up going on this one three times because the line was super short.IMG_20150822_152727I don’t know what happened between that photo and this next one. IMG_20150822_152726 I wish I’d taken video because those two photos were one right after the other. There is a Missing Link between them that shall forever remain a mystery.

There was also a slip’n’slide with some really gross foam at the end. I accidentally got some in my mouth and spent the next few minutes spitting it out.

This next obstacle had two spinning balls that would knock people off the beams and into the water. A couple of people in our team – I think Kelly and one other person – made it but the rest of us fell and Sean lost his glasses in the pool. =( IMG_20150822_154450James did better than I did. I made it like … two steps but he got about halfway. IMG_20150822_154932Then there was one more waterslide and we were done.

Yay team Rage Skippers!IMG_20150822_160927Here James and I are at one of the photo stations afterwards. IMG_20150822_161739Afterwards we went to Red Robin for food. We all massively overate (bottomless fries!) and James ordered a giant onion ring tower.IMG_20150822_181709So yeah, that was our Saturday. It was really fun and the lines weren’t nearly as long as we had anticipated.

I don’t know about the others but James and I were wrecked the next day. We were supposed to go jet skiing with Eliot and Michelle but ended up cancelling and just flopping around the house. Also in between the Wipeout Run, Lake Tahoe and the waterpark we went to last weekend, James has a very strange three-tier tan going on (James: patent pending).

James and the Winter Pineapple Classic 5k

11 Nov

Yesterday James and some friends did the Winter Pineapple Classic at North Bend. It’s basically a 5k race with some obstacles in the way and you have to carry a pineapple around with you.

I think it was something like 4C that morning and everyone was freezing! James was still cold wearing his Under Armour cold gear, a hoodie and a beanie.

This was everyone before the race:

They staggered the start times so the course didn’t get clogged up (which is apparently what happened last year). It didn’t seem like a super competitive event – lots of people walked the course with their friends, and I saw a group of guys who were having fun sabotaging their teammates. One guy was climbing a wall and balanced his pineapple on top – then when he was straddling the wall, his friend jumped up and smacked the pineapple back over so he had to drop down and grab it. His friend ran off laughing because apparently it was the 5th time he’d gotten him that race.

James’ team was a bit nicer. Here is James babysitting a couple of the pineapples while the others climb the wall.

Somewhere in between this wall and the next obstacle there was a beer stop that made everyone feel sick.  

This obstacle was an over-under thing – people had to go over the hay and under the hurdles. I was like “oh OK this one is easy” but people had a surprisingly hard time with it, maybe because they were too big to comfortably fit underneath.

James, Hector and Angie were the fastest in their group and would wait at the obstacles for the rest of the group to catch up. I’m really impressed by Angie’s speed because she’s about my size and can almost run as fast as James! James said that now I have no excuse. =(

But anyway here is James taking the monkey bars here 2 or 3 at a time.

I was basically cutting across the course trying to get to the obstacles first so I could take photos. At one point I stepped in the muddy trail left by a giant tractor and for the rest of the morning my right foot was freezing!

This obstacle involved some shipping container and you could choose to either climb up the crates or climb up the ropes. Most people seemed to be going for the ropes.

James, of course, went over the shipping container. So did the rest of the team – that option seemed to take a little longer but was offset by the fact that you didn’t have to wait in line as long to do it.

Even though it was cold it hadn’t rained for a few days so the ground wasn’t super muddy (except for the muddy patch that I stepped in). They did have this slip’n’slide going down a hill that they were hosing for maximum slipperiness. Since it was one of the last obstacles everyone decided to throw themselves down, resulting in this:


And then they just had to climb up and down this plywood structure. There was an optional smaller one that people could do instead but most people did the big one.

Then they were home free!

And here was the team, victorious afterwards with their pineapples.

Afterwards everyone drank their post-race celebratory beers, ate some food and got cold again. Though James wasn’t running very fast so he never really got warmed up.

He did say that it was fun, and I think he’s quite keen on doing Warrior Dash or Tough Mudder for more of a challenge. A few of the guys are interested in doing it too, so I guess it’s as good an excuse as any for me to start running. Maybe. We’ll see. =P

Run Melbourne 2011

19 Jul

On Sunday James did the 10k race at Run Melbourne. It was his first race so he was quite nervous.

We got there in the morning with plenty of time to spare. James was wearing all his favourite exercise gear, and also his trusty Vibram Bikilas (with the timing tag attached to them).

We met up with Chris before the race, though he was starting in a slightly later wave so they didn’t get to run off together. I lost James in the crowd at the start so I didn’t get any good photos of him there.

This was the course he ran:

image from Run Melbourne

See those hairpin sections between the 4km and 6km marker and also around the 7km marker? They look fairly wide apart on the map, but James said they were just going up and down different sides of the road, and he saw a couple of people cheat and just skip those sections, essentially turning it into an 8km race for themselves.

I imagine there were officials watching those sections for the elite runners, and they don’t really care about the casual runners, cos anyone who cheats is really just cheating themselves. Weird that anyone would do it though.

James said the most exciting part of the race was the start, where everyone was running together. Because it was his first race he chose a reasonably conservative wave to start in (runners with an estimated time of 50-55 minutes) so he lost a bit of time overtaking a bunch of slower runners at the start.

He said the worst parts were the bottleneck sections where only two people could run side by side, so he’d get stuck behind some slow couple. Those sections weren’t very long, but he said it was annoying when it happened.

He also got elbowed by some old guy. Then later the old guy overtook him, but couldn’t sustain the pace, so James re-overtook him and never saw him again.

This is James about 10 metres from the finish line.

And at the end of the race.

And his medal! =)

James was pleased because he beat his goal time. He wanted to run it in under 50 minutes since he didn’t have time to train properly for the event, though obviously he has good base fitness. Results came out today and it turned out he ran it in 48.08 minutes, so he actually smashed his goal (also wow … Dave Hughes ran it in under 40 minutes).

I have to admit, I was a little skeptical as to the benefits of doing Run Melbourne – I was all like “err, can’t you run for free?”, but the atmosphere was great. Everyone was really pumped, and also there were more compression tights than I’ve ever seen in my life.

We milled around for a bit afterwards, gathering free stuff (drinks, muesli  bars, Nando vouchers, rice cakes, etc) and trying to see if we could find Chris. But it was really busy at the finish line, so we went home and bought some ibuprofen in case James’ feet hurt tomorrow, and had burgers for lunch. =)