Spartan Beast & Trifecta That Almost Didn’t Happen (Part 1)

Hi loves!

I’ve missed you! I am sure many of you would like to have an explanation as to why I haven’t posted in a while. I won’t go too much in detail, but let’s put it this way: It’s summer and sometimes I feel like I start seeing my blog as a job *which is not*, so I pull back a bit. I like to be excited about my posts and chose not to write instead of posting just to post. That being said, I love you all and you mean more to me than you’ll ever know!

Those who follow me on Instagram know that I’ve been keeping myself very busy lately. I have A LOT to talk about! However, today, I’d like to tell you all about my Spartan Beast *and Trifecta* that almost didn’t happen a week ago… I am sure you’re dying to hear all about it! And, yes, you read it right… IT ALMOST DIDN’T HAPPEN! And no, I am NOT being a drama queen here. *Pinky swear!*

no drama


So let’s all go back to Saturday, July 26. My husband and I went over to my brother-in-law for a BBQ. All I was talking about was how nervous I was and if my hubby thinks I should have another piece of bread to load up on carbs. Needless to say, nobody wanted to hear anything about it. *That’s the bitter truth, people! Haha!*



My heat was scheduled to start at 10 am on Sunday. It took us about 2.5 hours to get to the venue the previous time, so we decided to leave at 6 am. I woke up around 5.15 am to get dressed and walk Bella for as long as possible. *She had to stay in her crate all day long, and I felt horrible about it.* 

It was around 6.15 am when Justin decided to double check the address of the location. *Please, don’t ask! I guess I was too nervous to even think about it!* That’s when I had a mini heart attack… It WAS at a different location and, according to a GPS, it was about a 3-hour drive!!! What also was weird is that it gave us a different name of the town: Gracefield, QC instead of Lac-Sainte-Marie, Qc.

We headed out the doors and went to Tim Horton’s to pick up a bagel cream cheese as a pre-race snack. The trouble started when we got onto the highway: It started raining cats and dogs! At some point, Justin wasn’t able to control the car for how much water was on the road; nevertheless, I tried to keep my composure. It wasn’t long lived… All I can say is CONSTRUCTION all over Montreal. It seemed to appear out of nowhere. We drove there just a day ago. Nothing made sense. We were driving in circles for at least 30 minutes!!! By that time I was freaking out all the way.

this is too much


Since it was early Sunday morning and the highways were empty, Justin was able to catch up a bit. We were going to be there just-just…

You think this was the worst?! Imagine my horror the moment we saw our friends driving in the opposite direction as we were about 5 minutes away from the location!!! There was a ‘slight’ error on the Spartan Race website. They put ‘rue’ (street) instead of ‘chemin’ (way) in the address. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!!!! There are pretty much 2 identical addresses in 2 different towns within 20 minutes from each other with the same first three letters/digits of the postal code!!! And the GPS didn’t give us options!!!!

are you f-ing kidding me

At that point, we realized that there was no way we’d make it for the 10 o’clock heat, but we’d be okay for the last one departing at 10.30 am. I tried to keep my nerves under control… It’s definitely heart breaking to even consider that something you’ve been working hard for so long may not happen after all!

When we got to the correct address, there was no signs or a mountain. Thankfully, we saw some random people passing by who were able to guide us as to how to get to our destination. We got to the venue at 10.27 am. I was literally shaking. It was so bad that I had to ask a friend of mine to attach a chip to my shoe, I couldn’t pass a tie wrap through a hole. At least, I was there!!!! 24 kilometers later, I’d be a Trifecta Finisher! It was now all up to me to make it happen…

at the start line




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17 responses to “Spartan Beast & Trifecta That Almost Didn’t Happen (Part 1)

  1. Oh my goodness, I was getting stressed just reading this! I’ve had trouble getting to a race before due to traffic and we ended up just pulling off to the side of the road and walking to the race.

  2. I probably would have just died, or thrown in the towel, but I definitely would have been having a full on panic attack. I can’t wait to see how all of this gets resolved!!! Welcome back, lovely! It’s good for the mind and soul to take time off–rest is just as important for the mind as for the body!

  3. absgoldberg

    My goodness, I’d be freaking out too! I get so nervous when I’m late for something or feel like I’m going to miss something. Especially something that important.

  4. Ah what a stressful way to start a race! So glad ya’ll arrived safely and semi-on time! Can’t wait to hear what else happened.

  5. Man, I was reading at the edge of my seat…how stressful!! I can’t wait to read part II!

  6. A teaser?!! Okay I’m happy to know you finished and now I can’t wait to read part II. That’s such a stressful way to start a race, so good on you for staying positive xx

  7. WalkToRio

    Sweet white baby Jesus!
    Close call.
    Looking forward to part 2.

  8. Woot Woot! Can’t wait to hear how it ends!

  9. OMG! This is my race day nightmare. So glad that you got to the start on time.

  10. kristenk

    Wow that sounds like the most stressful race start ever! I was almost late to a race once, my husband had to drop me off and I sprinted to the start! So not the best way to start a race!

  11. Oh no – now you are stressing us out with the two-part story! haha So glad I follow you on other media 🙂

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  13. That is SOOOOOOO stressful… I got anxious just reading it!!! I can’t even imagine!!!

  14. I am so glad you made it there! I would have been freaking out and sooo nervous too. Can’t wait to read more, I am sure you did a great job!!

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  16. OMG! I totally feel your pain and anxiety! :O

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