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Officially signed up for the Dopey Challenge in Walt Disney World!!!
Officially signed up for the Dopey Challenge in Walt Disney World!!!
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For the most part, I enjoyed Dead Space 2. They fixed most of the things that annoyed me in the original (ie, the horrible controls, zero-G segments, etc.) If I had to rate it, I’d probably give it a 7/10.
Some random thoughts:
- This game felt twice as cheap as the first game. The developers absolutely love to drop necromorphs either on or literally right behind you. This usually occurs once you walk into the middle of a big room/hallway.
The worst offense: I enter an empty room with a square-shaped path. The path on my right leads to nowhere, and the path straight ahead leads to the door I need to go through next. I walk forward to the middle of the path and of course a necromorph drops down on the right path, and one of the exploding ones drops in front of me. So I shoot it, now knowing that the window to my left is actually one of the rare windows that breaks and sucks you into outer space. Since you start off on that side, it leaves you little to no chance of shooting the failsafe to close the window. CHEAP!!!
- It seemed like in Dead Space 1, Isaac was the silent, reluctant hero who was forced into doing the things he had to. In this game, he acted like he was Commander Shepard, volunteering without any hesitation for every objective and even casually joking about it all?
- The stalkers were an awesome enemy. Too bad it was completely obvious whenever they would show up; stalkers aren’t allowed to roam hallways apparently.
On to Dead Space 3 next!
Good news: Manny Pacquiao won, and dominated Brandon Rios
Bad news: All the ridiculous articles by “sports writers”. I know it’s their job to build up and create a “story”, but it’s also their job to be knowledgeable about their subject.
Much of the talk leading up to the fight was how Pacquiao has regressed as a fighter. Most of the articles I read cite how he hasn’t stopped anyone since Cotto, and how he’s lost his previous 2 bouts.
It’s as if they forgot that Manny literally broke Antonio Margarito’s face, practically begged the ref to stop the fight, and then let up the last round or two (even the commentators noted this!). Clottey and Mosley seemed more interested in surviving rather than actually…you know…boxing!? The Bradley scorecard was a farce. And I thought Pacquiao was actually winning the last Marquez fight, and was on the verge of putting him down. But of course, Marquez got in the perfect counter punch.
Obviously at Manny Pacquiao’s age, and considering the amount of punishment he’s taken over his career, he’s going to slow down some. It just drives me crazy when sports writers throw out random stats/streaks/figures, but don’t bother breaking them down or analyzing them.
Amanda Sullivan has overcome two personal tragedies that required years of physical rebuilding. She’s coming to the Reebok Spartan Super in Virginia to continue her journey of living a life without fear, without regret, and with a smile and a heart full of hope.
Definitely an inspiring story. It also goes to show how much you can accomplish if you really put your mind to it.
I’m sorry to say I would have a really hard time being this optimistic after one, let alone both of those incidents, had they happened to me. So this woman is pretty awesome for being able to overcome everything she’s been through and put the past behind her.
A couple of pics from the race.
Btw, I’m really impressed with the way they do their pictures, and also how they let us have the high-resolution pictures for free. I’m sick of screenshotting water-marked pictures from the other races!
November 9, 2013 - This was definitely a challenging race. Of all the races I’ve done, USMC Ultimate Challenge Mudrun, Tough Mudder, and other various mudruns, this one was definitely a challenge.
I’m going to try and keep all my thoughts in order here because there is so much that I want to say…
I felt really nerdy because I also packed my bag/gear for the race days before the actual event. I’m glad I’m not the only one who did that, haha.
Also, did walking backwards up the hill help any? I never thought about doing that, but it seems like it’d be a pretty good idea! Congratulations on completing the race though! That course was absolutely brutal!!
This past Saturday (11/9/13), I completed the Carolinas Spartan Beast. Some of the races I’ve done in the past include: the Warrior Dash (x2), the USMC Mud Run (x6), a Tough Mudder, and a half-marathon. I did pretty well in those. However, this was by far the hardest race I’ve ever done. I ended up finishing with a time 3:53:13. I’m a little disappointed with this, but apparently it was good enough to be in the top 1/3. I’m pretty content with that placing and am proud I was able to finish such a grueling race.
I thought the hardest part was the course itself. It seemed like at least 1/3 of the course was steep hills; I felt like I was trekking up mountains. I noticed how many people were just absolutely spent and were force to walk up all the hills in the last few miles of the race. Also, it seemed like a couple of miles were in narrow hiking trails where you can’t really run or pass anybody :(
As far as the obstacles go, I failed the transverse wall, spear throw (I mean how many people can actually practice throwing spears!?), and rope climb. My mini-goal was to do less than 100 burpees, so I accomplished that one, haha.
Random thoughts about some of the obstacles:
The gravel bucket one (I don’t remember what it was called): This is the one that made me want to quit. You had to fill up a 5-gallon (I think?) bucket with gravel, and then go up and down this hill. I’m not very strong upper body-wise, so this one took me like 15 or 20 minutes and like 5 or 6 breaks. I was ecstatic when I finally got to the end of this one.
The rope climb: I got to the second to last knot…where I got stuck for like a minute. I needed to rest my arms, but my Vibrams kept slipping on the knot below me. I realized how high and how exhausted I was. I felt like if I made it to the top, I wouldn’t have anything left to ease my way back down. I kind of gave up on this one, not wanting to risk a big fall/injury.
The rope across the river: Of course people have different strengths and weaknesses, but I don’t really understand why so many people (the same people that I noticed were doing well on the other, “harder” obstacles) had difficulty with this one. You hook your leg on the rope, then pull and shimmy your away horizontally across until you reach the bell. I feel like it doesn’t require that much strength or agility compared to the other obstacles on the course?
The cargo net cross: I loved how this was over the entrance to the race; brilliant, small touch with the course design! I really wanted to roll across, but there were too many people when I got there.
Tranverse Wall: I got about halfway through this one. I didn’t really understand where to put my hands and how to grip the wood. Or maybe it’s just that my grip strength sucks?
Fire Jump & Gladiator Arena: Fun and awesome way to end the race! Although I felt so exhausted I was afraid the gladiators might’ve actually knocked me over, haha.
I was reading someone else’s post, and they talked about how it felt like the Spartan Beast seemed more about the course itself, and the obstacles felt tacked on as if they were an afterthought. I have to say I agree with this statement. I felt like I’d go 30 or 40 minutes between obstacles. Cardio-wise I never really felt like I was too out of breath, my body, specifically my legs(!), were just too depleted from all the hills and elevation changes.
I also think there wasn’t much balance with the type of obstacles. There’s too many that rely on straight up brute strength/muscular endurance (ie, gravel bucket, pancake/sandbag carry, cement block drag, log flip, Herculean Hoist, etc.).
Overall I’m extremely happy with what I accomplished and I think the Spartan Beast was really well done, but I don’t really feel like I had much fun during the race. I thought the Tough Mudder had a better balance of difficulty, fun, distance, type of obstacles, etc.