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Does anyone else feel this way?  I know IE has slowly gotten better since version 8 when it was the bane of all people on the internet but it's still at the bottom of my list.  It may not even be fair but I'm scarred and I think Microsoft has big enough shoulders to handle it.
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Finished the Red Deer Super on Saturday with my best friends Darryl and +Amanda Magnusson.  First time I've ever done it as a team and it was blast!  Thanks for letting me tag along guys.  

On Sunday I ran the Red Deer Sprint with the Elites at 8 a.m. Despite being a bit chilly and a little stiff from the day before it also went very well.  Now it's time to keep training, work on those weaknesses and do better next year.  #spartanrace   #nevergiveup
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Thank you for not leaving me in the dust. Here's to bring faster next year. 
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What a powerful story!  If you haven't seen this video it is a must watch. I'm hoping it changes my way of thinking.
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+Tony Horton I just bought the P90X3 videos and looking forward to them soon. I am hoping that they will help prepare me even more for Spartan Races. In my view they go hand in glove. It would be great to see you show us how it's done at a Spartan Race. Trust me, you'll have a blast and it's a great community of people.
 
We want to see Tony Horton tackle a Spartan Race! Write him a message urging him to #SpartanUp!
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I love this because it applies to so many areas of our lives not just #spartanrace  .
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This is so true.  I love the health/strength benefits but I hate every repetition when I am doing them.
 
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2 days until Red Deer Spartan Super (8 miles).  3 days until Red Deer Spartan Sprint (3 miles).  I may not be the fastest or the strongest but you will not out work me or break me!   #spartanup   #nevergiveup   #Aroo  
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+Talena Winters  Took this photo just after I finished the Edmonton #spartanrace   #Aroo  
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For those of you unaware, I ran my second Spartan Sprint (3 miles/5 km’s) Obstacle Course Race this last Sunday in Edmonton.  If you don’t what that means go here: http://youtu.be/cSTNXTyBNMA and here: http://youtu.be/M4aM0fpS0IU for video explanations. Last year I ran the Spartan Sprint in Edmonton and loved it.  So I set some some goals, trained harder and smarter and went for round two on Sunday.  There were over 4000 competitors over 2 days.  I had 3 performance goals going into the race.  Finish in the top 10%, crack the top 100 and be #1 in my age group.  I accomplished 2 out of 3 so I am pleased.  Below is a more detailed account of the event.    I’m doing this for my own record but feel free to read, ask question or by all means comment.

Wake up call
Wow, what a day.  After going to bed about 2 hours later than I planned, I was about to doze off and our 2 year old woke up because he was teething and not in his own bed.  Talena did a great job getting him to calm down eventually but my nerves were on edge and it was after midnight before I fell asleep.  First alarm at 04:30 groan!!!  4:55 I dragged my butt out of bed, fed the gang of blurry eyed zombies that dragged themselves up to the kitchen table, packed up from a weeks holiday and hit the road by 07:00.  After 2 hours of driving and an hour behind schedule we arrived at the designated area.  Talena drops me off with a short walk to the shuttle buses.  As I pick up my registration at 09:30 I can hear the announcer going through the usual Spartan pump you up speech for the heat I am supposed to be in.  I decide not to stress about it and run at 10:00 instead. 

When I got to the starting line I was behind approximately 300 people.  I politely wiggle my way to the middle of the pack hoping to get up closer to the people who would keep a good pace.  As I look around there are pecs and abs everywhere as younger and better looking people chat with their friends and stretch before the race.  In my mind I’m thinking they’ll keep a good pace and hope I don’t hold them up.  Hindsight I should have moved even farther up front because I spent the first mile trying to pass half of them.  The paths through the trees were narrow and hard to get around people and it wasn’t until the first obstacle that things started to thin out.

Here is a list of the main obstacles that I can remember.  Keep in mind that between almost every obstacle there is more running and more mud holes than I can count. Apparently God decided to help out with the course construction on Saturday with a massive thunderstorm that flooded everything.  Of course that just made things more interesting for the Saturday runners but by Sunday everything seemed par for the course.

1.  Balance Beam - 6-8 eight foot two by four’s on edge in a zigzag              pattern.  Fell about half way through. I was pissed off because that        should have been a gimme but I did my 30 burpees and kept                    moving.
2.  Tire Flip in a mud pit - The mud was an unexpected twist. It’s like          moving a greased walrus in the mud.  
3.  8 Foot Flat Vertical Wall - I think I heard one of the volunteers                  making fun of my technique on this one.  It may be unconventional        but it’s quick and effective.
4.  Sand Bag Carry - Here I took a calculated risk that didn’t pay off.  I          tried to pass someone by stepping off the narrow path into some            mud to go around them.  What I thought was 6-12 inches of average      mud was actually about two and half feet of mud that was like                quicksand.  I would still be stuck there if a fellow Spartan hadn’t              helped pull me out.  Thanks a million!
5.  Monkey Bars - About 20 rungs about 9’ off the ground.  Slippery but        doable.  Don’t hang there too long.
6.  Drag cinder block with rope through pond. This was fairly easy.
7.  Horizontal Wall/Rock climbing Wall -  The lady manning the station        said that only a few of the elite Spartans had made it across                    without falling so they recommended pairing up and helping each            other across.  I was about to go alone when the guy behind me                asked to be my partner.  I reluctantly agreed.  I made it across                without any problems and even my partner was surprised.  He on            the other hand definitely needed a hand almost falling off several            times.  
8. Extra thick mud pit - Approximately 20 feet of soul sucking mud.  I’m     talking about mud that holds onto you like fat kid onto a donut.               Crawling seemed to be the only option because it spread your                 weight out and even then you made it by sheer force of will.  You had     better not stop moving otherwise you will have an appendage sunk       right in.  When I finally got out I had a half inch of mud covering my         arms and legs. Nastiest mud I have ever seen.  
9.  8 foot Inclined Wall - This was easier than I thought it would be.
     Pyramid Wall/Rope Climb - As advertised.  Slippery but I didn’t have      any problems.
10.  Barbed Wire crawl and mud.  This is where all those bear crawls               you do in your workouts pay off.  
11.  Military Rope Climb - My nemesis.  Some day I will beat this                     obstacle. 30 Burpees
12.  Spear Throw - Missed the target - 30 Burpees.
13.  Fire Jump - As advertised
14.  Finish Line -  There is a small part of me that missed the Gladiator        Gauntlet.  It’s too bad they had to take it out.

I’ve taken a couple of days rest since the race. Now it’s time to get back to it and get ready for September.  The Red Deer Super is more than 2.5 times longer 8+ miles\14 km’s and I’ll need to have my A+ game to do well.  #Spartanrace #Aroo #NevergiveupNeverSurrender

"Jason Winters finished in 53:37 at Edmonton Spartan Sprint!  Jason Winters finished the Sunday Sprint Opens in 53:37 — placing 10th for Age Group, 83rd for Gender, and 90th Overall or 7%"
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Signed up for the 3 mile Edmonton Spartan Sprint today.  It's kind of a warm up run for the Super I'll be running later in the summer. Besides its just fun.  The kids are signed up too.  If you don't know what Spartan Racing is check out www.spartanrace.com and click on the link I have below to register today.  I would love to see you there.   #AROO #spartanrace #spartansprint   Click on the link below if you want to sign up or just come and watch the event.
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I have high admiration for those who run. I have a client who's mom
run's in marathons on a regular basis. Good luck and be safe.

Deborah Hilman :0)


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Someone sent me this and I laughed so hard.  If you have ever done webinars and\or teleconferences you will relate to this. 
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Do you have any goals\dreams that are so big they scare you? Dare to dream big and then do it!
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I love to stay fit and active. Obstacle Course Racing (i.e. Spartan Races, Tough Mudder etc...) has become a passion that continues to push my boundaries.  When I'm not training or spending time with my awesome wife and kids I fix all things related to technology.

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1 wife, 4 kids, 1 dogs, 6 cats and 20ish chickens. What's next?
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Computer Networking and Financial Counsellor
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