Mud, Fire, Darkness and Fun

16 02 2011

Recently the hate2run boys and team members flocked to Lake Wales FL in order to participate in the first annual Warrior Dash.

After a short 2.5 hour drive we arrived at the Triple Canopy Ranch, host to the Warrior Dash. We quickly made our presence known and claimed our camping space.  The team mixed up some libations and began the tedious task of setting up our tents. The boys dumped out everything on the ground into a big pile and soon after tent poles began to fly while the ladies laid out the tent parts neatly and lined up the poles according to lengths and locations. The boys refused to read the directions and on the other side they had one girl reading the instructions and two following them…You can imagine the results – the guys had their tents up, started cooking dinner and poured several drinks while watching the girls finish (take pole A and insert it into tent slot B and so on and so forth).

Saturday morning arrived with the smell of eggs and bacon cooking. The team gathered to pick up race packages and returned to camp in order to change into our racing gear and have photographs taken by the team photographer.  It did not take long for us to pull out the Flabongo and include it as part of the pre-race activities.

We rushed to the starting line, received final instructions and in a matter of minutes the hate2run team took off like little rabbits leaving El Shuffler behind to fend for himself.

Mud mud mud. Up and over. Down and under. More mud and water.  Cargo nets. Tires. Bales of hay. Cars. Ropes and more mud before the big finale…fire jumping and a large mud pond.

Hugs around at the finish line went quickly in order to donate our dirty shoes and rush to eat, drink, socialize and plan the next adventure for the hate2run boys and A team.

We welcome the new members of the hate2run nation and acknowledge we may have scared them a bit but know they will be back for more.

Hate2Run highly recommends the Warrior Dash series and looks forward to the ToughMudder in Georgia.

Getting down-‘n-dirty – Muddy Buddy Miami 2010

2 12 2010

The Colombia Muddy Buddy Logo2 “athletes”, 1 mountain bike, 3 obstacles and a giant mud pit…hmmm…what could be more fun? As it turns out, NOTHING!!!

Of course El Conquistador and El Shuffler teamed up to race while A-Team also showed up team.

The morning started out to early courtesy of El Shuffler. We arrived at the Miami Zoo at 6am, about 2 hours before we actually needed to be there (another one of El Shuffler’s greatest ideas). Picked up our packets, prepared our bikes and were ready to go. Except we still had two hours until start time so we do the obvious, 4 trips to the port potties and mingle with the other competitors.

There were a ton of people in costume (note to self – next year we need costumes) but we had an extra “team mate” riding on our bike (aka El Conquistador’s babe). With time to spare we tried out our new flabongo and as it turns out Conquistador has been out of college longer then we realized based on the results. So the A-Team screamed party foul and he had to redeem himself.

Hundreds of teams toed the line before the horn blows off marking the start. We are in the 2nd wave (thanks to El Shufflers age) which meant there weren’t a lot of people ahead of us. Off we go pedaling hard and chatting with our bike babe (turns out it was a  GREAT idea to have her along; not only was she great company but she made finding our bike in transition a breeze). El Conquistador picks up the bike at T1 and makes his wasy to T2. With El Shuffler now running (and yes folks he was actually passing people that were NOT walking) and almost at T2 he is greeted by the world famous hate2run call – KAA KAA!!! And so the leap frogging begins.

Before you know it El Conquistador is patiently waiting for El Shuffler in order to tackle the final obstacle – THE MUD PIT. It is obvious that El Shuffler got distracted with the giraffes as it took him a bit too long to arrive. Finally he is spotted with our bike babe on board ready for the mud.  It is obvious that we are not attacking the pit on our hands and knees, we do the army crawl head first into the mud. We are swimming in mud all the way to the finish line.

El Shuffler forgot to close his eyes in the mud pit (Note to self: Bring goggles next time) so a quick stop at the eye rinse station was required. Covered with mud and dirt we got out picture taken and off to the showers!

Back to the finish line to see the A-Team finish and guide them to the shower. It was chaos in the shower area with over a hundred mud bathed, half naked mudthletes trying to rinse off. It was successful race for all involved. Obviously the next stop was the Red Hook Beer tent. We networked with other folks and funny enough a large number of them will be at Warrior Dash in January.

We have signed up for next year…let’s get 10 hate2run teams to sign up.

PS – Big shout out to Sweet Leaf Tea and the Columbia Teams!

El Suffler

14 06 2010

You questioned his existence…Proof is here. He exists. He hates to run.

El Shuffler Photo

The Fearless Leader

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