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The Experience of My First Obstacle Course Race – Lion Dash Sprint 2014

Descending from the vertical slope - Lion Dash 2014
Descending from the vertical slope

Last updated on January 3rd, 2017

I seriously questioned my sanity for joining Lion Dash 2014 just one day before my 2-week army reservist. That meant forgoing recovery before attending to military duties. Nonetheless, despite this being my first obstacle course race, I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

While I had been nervous about not being able to overcome all the obstacles, my worries were unfounded. My regular functional training had paid off.

The Obstacle Race Experience – Lion Dash 2014

I started the obstacle run intending to stick with my team. But I ended up moving ahead with my ex-platoon-mate during the first kilometer. Again, during my final few kilometers, I went on ahead alone, finishing at 1 hour and 6 minutes.

Trail running & natural obstacles

With a trail distance of 8km, the run between obstacles was within my abilities and physical stamina. However, I lost count of the number of obstacles that I had traversed. Mud running on uneven trails and jumping over, or crawling, under fallen trees were obstacles in themselves. And I didn’t know if they counted towards the planned obstacles.

I also nearly dislocated my ankle twice from attempting to speed up despite poor footing on the trails and managed to sustain several cuts from scrapping against branches.

Nonetheless, crawling through mud and wading in waist-deep swamp water were easy. I have done it many times before during army outfield exercises and obstacles.

The Most-Hated Ice Pit

The ice pit, on the other hand, was another story. The shock from jumping into chest-deep ice water left me guffawing and convulsing.

Yet, I believe the Lion Dash Sprint is less physically demanding than other obstacle races around the world. I will just have to make do until Spartan Race decides to come to my area.

You can look for Spartan Races around the world and near you here.

Photos of Logen at Lion Dash 2014

I will let the pictures do the talking from here on. I need to slow down and look at the camera in future obstacle races so that the photographers will take more pictures of me.

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About Logen Lanka 178 Articles
Logen is a the founder and editor of WayOfNinja.com. Before his shoulder injury, he was actively involved in street calisthenics, Aikido and obstacle course racing. He has also served his 2-years conscription with the Singapore Armed Forces as an Armoured Infantry Trooper.
  • Dee Xiao Long

    Very cool to see you in action Ninja Logen. Man, I wish I had the chance to join a race like that. I wonder how I would fare…

    I’m glad to see that your regular training enabled you to perform well. Keep it up brother!

  • VinceTheOtaku

    Long overdue congratulations!
    Catching up with everything I missed 😉

    • WayOfNinja.com

      Thanks, my friend. How’s life treating you? 🙂

      • VinceTheOtaku

        Good good. Very busy because of school and extracurricular classes, but it’s really fulfilling.
        Also recently went to England for a huge meetup with the organisation of my martial arts, first time seeing the grandmaster (or whatever you call him).

        • WayOfNinja.com

          Oh. Sounds awesome that you got to meet your grandmaster. I too got to meet my grand sensei when he came over to hold a seminar four years ago. I will be missing out this year though due to travel plans, among which was to visit his dojo as part of my trip. But coincidentally, he decided to travel to where I am when I’m travelling to where he is. Hahaha.

          Anyway, do your best for school and your extracurriculars. This is the last stretch before the year ends. Ganbatte!