20 kilometers. 20 obstacle courses. And the unexpected rain half way through.
I didn’t accomplish all the obstacles successfully – screwed up 3 of them and paid the price with ‘minum teh tarik’, spoilt shoes by the finishing line and drenched in mud. Would have fared better for sure had I put in the same initiative I did in preparing for Mount KK hiking months earlier.
Still finished regardless! YEAAA
BREAKDOWN ON EACH OBSTACLE COURSE I WENT TO
(This is written to the best of my memory; the order may not be correct especially around the middle part of the challenge)
#1 – Knee up – walking over tires. WARM UP
#2 – Dip in ice water. EASY
#3 – Climbing the grill while dipped in muddy water. EASY
#4 – Gripping on the plank to get from one side to another est. 2 to 3 meters distance. I got past here; feels like 50% people fail. HARD. Short people and people with poor grip won’t make it here.
#5 – Climb up some barn to get to the other side. EASY
#6 – Commando crawling with low hanging wires. EASY
#7 – Jump over fire and into the muddy water pool. Looks intimidating but it is actually EASY
#8 – ‘Electric Fire’ it’s same as #6 except that the wire is higher so you can possibly ‘crawl like a dog’ but this time there’s a powerful water hose spraying at you. EASY
#9 – ‘Multi dug in trench’. Team work is needed. You slide into the trench; you need to get up the other side and usually a team mate will be there to help you; you also do this in turn until you clear the trenches. MEDIUM
#10 – Roping up a tall wall and get to the other side. MEDIUM
[This is around the time it started raining heavily… subsides later to the end of the course]
#11 – Inclined Wall Climbing. HARD. Definitely need team work to get this over with.
#12 – Inclined Wall Climbing part 2 but taller. HARD. Also need team work to get over.
[This is the 12KM mark… until the 16KM mark there was no obstacle so the adrenaline rush died down… shoes were getting ruined too. So it’s just walking uphill from here]
#13 – After a long hiatus, suddenly there is an obstacle course again. “Mini Walls”. EASY but repetitive and meaningless; a lot of people and myself got bored of it and started walking after halfway through.
#14 – “Wall Street” – a tall straight wall. Need team mates to help get your ass up, jumping down on road pavement on the other side is ill advised at this point since legs are more ruined than when starting out. HARD
#15 – ‘Climbing Loops’ – it’s like climbing the monkey bar but it’s those ‘gymnastic loops’ instead. HARD. I failed here and fell into the muddy waters. Higher failure rate than #3
#16 – Lake Crossing. It’s just crossing a shallow part of the lake, albeit the muddy part of it. EASY. Then again, it’s not for short people. If anyone is shorter than me, he or she is done for.
#17 & #18 – apparently there were two more obstacles about ‘floats’ and ‘water’ that I missed out. I was following majority of the group (didn’t realize they were taking a shortcut, and they were followed by many others) until someone said we missed two more. Didn’t bother to turn back cos near the finishing line already.
#19 – ‘Ninja Warrior’ slope. VERY HARD. Needed a rope cloth to get up. Highest failure rate here IMO, and the cause of ‘traffic jams’ to the finishing line too.
Don’t remember there being a 20th obstacle unless I forgot about it.