I had heard about Conquer the Gauntlet (CTG) through Matt and was pretty intrigued by the name. I looked it up and thought, WOW, that is really cool that it is owned and operated by a family. Now I usually don’t have to pay for a lot of races because I work with Matt, however, for this one I wanted to pay to help the family. So, I was stuck in my head all week whether I was going to do the race or not because I was stressed and slightly hurt and whether I was going to pay for the race or not. Ultimately, I didn’t have enough money for the race and Matt talked me into doing it. That being said, there were some other things going on during the week. Like getting new underwear to test from Columbia, as well as some Under Armour sports glasses, by the way, are absolutely incredible for any outdoor sport. The underwear are fabulous, almost as fantastic as Underwear For Men. See my other reviews to see why. Ultimately, I was overly stressed during the week and didn’t get enough sleep and was already having delusions. I was excited about the race but overly excited I believe.
Now to the mental illness, when we got there I was pretending like I was Ryan Woods because Matt was like, ok, now don’t talk to anyone, take my phone, and no, don’t do anything. No, don’t do that. I was pretending I was famous and that no one should see me. These were really just delusions and grandiose, manic behavior. I got out of the car and Jeff looked me square in the eye. I wasn’t having happy thoughts. I was scared and nervous since it was such a small, intense, and technical race. So, I starting running up and down the dirt road to warm up like a lot of runners do. I was running a good amount. I ran to the upside down cargo net called Belly of the Beast and back and then to the parking lot and back. For some reason, when the loud gun shot went off I started running into the woods to go for a jog. I really didn’t know that I was on the course trail, but I thought I could go for a jog while Matt and Jeff were doing their video. Well, then I heard guys on my heals full steam ahead. So I started running as fast as I could, down into the steep creek and jumped over the creek and up the steep hill. The curve of the trail came around and I came to the first obstacle, the rope climb over Continental Divide. It was easy as most obstacles at other races are for me. This time that was not the case. These obstacles are legit, and so are the athletes. It is brutal and grueling. The athletes are strong, have endurance, and and have lots of tattoos. I felt like I fit in well, but was wrong, my head was not in it to win it, that is for sure.