Saturday, September 7th we rented a car and ventured out of the city with the baby for the first time. Our destination? A Spartan Race in New Jersey that David and a friend of ours, Sam signed up for before the baby was born.
This was the baby's first time in her car seat for a real trip and her first time outside the state. A big day. She did amazingly. Just slept most of the time. Cutest chubby cheeks ever.
We arrived at the New Jersey destination with our friends in the early afternoon. Things were in full swing. The Spartan Races are sponsored by Reebok so a lot of the obstacles are CrossFit related and inspired. I had just had a baby so was in no condition to participate, but I totally want to do it next summer. It looks like a lot of fun. David and Sam did the Super Spartan which is the middle length race of 8 miles. Throughout the race there are a bevy of obstacles to get through and a lot of mud. If you fail to complete an obstacle you must do penalty burpees before you move on.
This is Sam's wife, Lindsey. We both came to cheer on our husbands and make sure they didn't die.
I carried the baby around all afternoon in the front carrier. She lives in this thing.
Here is David waiting for his heat to start. You can't tell here, but he was a little scared he would die. He wasn't able to train quite as much as he wanted to due to the baby being born.
Here is David and Sam and the 2 guys in the middle are from our ward too, but I can't remember their names.
Ready, set, go!
We had to wait around until they were done. It took them about 3 hours. There was a DJ playing music really loud, which was fun, but loud. Good thing I brought the baby ear muffs!
Best mom ever!
She is just so adorable in the ear muffs!
We walked around and viewed some of the sights. It was so nice to be outside the city in nature for the day...and a whole smoked pig!
After the race one is very muddy. These are the "showers" they provide. Pretty funny.
After about 3 1/2 hours we saw David coming down the hill.
That shirt was white when he started.
He was excited to almost be done. He had twisted his ankle and it was hurting him, but when he saw that the rope climb was next he got really mad. He was exhausted.
David is seen here hanging from the rope between the two girls in red. That is about as far as he got up the rope before giving up and accepting his penalty burpees.
Here he is catching his breath before the big finish.
Crawl under barbed wire.
Roll down the dirt hill in to the mud.
Climb the wall.
Down the other side.
And I don't know if you can see it, but you had to jump over a bunch of fire and run a gantlet of large guys with those big q-tip things from American Gladiators before finishing. David is in this picture. Can you spot him?
Finally done! Hurray! Have a banana.
We were just glad that he finished and didn't hurt himself too badly. That is an accomplishment.
Congrats to David and Sam (on the right) and the 2 other guys from our ward who I can't remember their names for finishing!
Afterward we had a celebratory dinner at Outback Steakhouse before heading back to the city. It was a fun time and SUPER nice to leave the city for awhile.