In his Book, Spartan Fit, Joe DeSena, the founder of Spartan Races, said:
“One tale has it that a test in the agoge involved a ten-mile cross-country race in which the boys, under threat of punishment, had to carry a mouthful of water without spilling a drop. One young male accidentally swallowed his water while traversing rough terrain and bit down on his own tongue in the process. Rather than spit out the blood and his jagged tongue, he waited until he had completed the course, spewing the contents of his mouth out at the feet of his instructors instead.”
In honor of the Spartan Agoge, I challenged the pax to run the trail with a mouth full of water. And in true Spartan fashion, if one person spit out or drank their water, everyone would have to do 30 burpees each.
We got about 3 minutes in and Spaceballs couldn’t last any longer and had to spit out his water. 30 burpees each.
Water back in the mouth and back on the trail towards Dwelling.
Once we got about 2 miles in, we found a steep hill off the trail and each pax did 3 hill sprints. Climb to the Tizzy Top, then back to startex. In all, we got about 4.7 miles in.
Wally showed up at COT because he overslept. We forgave him and counted him in our numbers to look cool with double digits.