Race Report: James Meredith – Warrior #1

This weekend saw the first race of the season with The Warrior Race#1 kicking off at Riversands in JHB. This race came a lot earlier in the year than normal, a going into it, I wasn’t sure if I had the correct mind-set… I think I was still in relax / holiday mode. On Saturday I decided to give the sprint race a go just to help loosen the muscles and get a feel of some of the obstacles we would be facing the following day. As always the sprint race proved to be incredibly exciting to watch, and even though I didn’t qualify for the finals, I was more than happy to be a spectator for the day.

Sunday morning came after a fantastic evening spent with my AOT family, playing in the pool and have a killer braai. This was the first time we got to wear our new SupaMama / AOT kit and it feels as good as it looks – I am so proud and honoured to be able to wear it!

The main race started off at a pretty fast pace where I was managing to stay with the front pack. I was really happy with how my run was going and just tried to keep pushing harder the whole time. This is something that I will be working on a lot this year – how to get outside of my comfort zone, and push beyond my limits.

This race followed a pretty similar layout to Nationals and we all know about those carries and the dreaded tyre pull. One of the changes in this race however, was to change the bicep buster pole carry to a double pole carry which was particularly nasty coming straight from the double sand bag. However I felt really strong through all of my carries, and I think that I improved on my tyre drag from Nationals (it also helps that it was a shorter drag this time round).

Once again Mud Monster ended up being my nemesis for the day – I got stuck in the mud and it really sapped my energy trying to fight to get out. In the end I finished 7th, which I was really happy with. This was a great way to kick off the season and I am looking forward to Warrior2 in 3weeks time in Bloem.

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