The race was:
Climb over round bales
Go down a dirt hill
Crawl under barbed wire
Run through the woods on a winding trail
Crawl under more barbed wire
Go over a set of three round bales
Carry a square straw bale around an arena
Flip a tractor tire down a row and roll it back
Crawl through a culvert
Climb up a semi truck filled with corn, run through the corn, climb down
Carry two 5-gallon pails of water up and down a barn
Push a wheelbarrow of sugar beets around an arena
Then a sprint to the finish.
It was so much fun - and a challenge!
For instance, I thought the tractor tire flip was going to be the hardest, but it wasn't! That wasn't so bad ... scrambling up the bales was definitely the hardest for me. My mom made me feel better by telling me that almost all the women had to help each other get over them.
Kris and I were together until we got to the bale carry. He could run and carry a bale at the same time ... as he picked it up he yelled to me, "This is actually exactly what I'd be doing at home if I weren't here!"
Some of the obstacles felt totally natural. When I picked up the pails of water it was just like carrying grain for the calves - or two carseats with twins.
I loved that they had sugar beets as part of it. We don't have a ton of sugar beets around us and I love seeing them. Cole said that at first he thought they were giant rocks.
We all toasted with chocolate milk at the end - and since it was 29 degrees, got back in the car to warm up the kids. I was so happy to win my age group, and we finished 7th (Kris) and 8th overall.
As soon as we got back home, we went out to deliver protein tubs to the heifers in the pasture. It's cold, and they need their protein, too! Even if it's not coming in the form of chocolate milk.
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