Back Home And Still Alive
Let me give you the other “highlights” before delving into the Spartan Race details…
- Prince’s Hot Chicken: Worth the long wait and the advice everyone gives is true: if you order anything hotter than “medium” you are a fool.
- Johnny Cash Museum: It’s new, and great, but I they underestimated how popular it would be. The wall-to-wall people made some parts of it difficult to enjoy.
- Pinewood Social Club: A nice idea (a “restaurant” that also has bowling lanes, outdoor bocce, and swimming pools) that works well, but it’s hard to take advantage of the “extras” on a Friday night when the place is PACKED.
- Martin’s BBQ: Good, not great. Basically a “factory,” if I had it to do all over again I’d look for somewhere less popular/off the beaten path.
- Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Fine, whatever. Also, just call them “slaves.” “Enslaved workers,” or “enslaved laborers” is such a cop-out.
- Grand Ole Opry: A hit or miss night in terms of the acts, but hearing Bobby Osborne- he’s 86!- sing “Rocky Top” was thrilling, one of those “once in a lifetime” kinds of things.
- Antique Archeology: The American Pickers Nashville location is basically a t-shirt shop with some old stuff in it. We literally did not see a single person buy anything but branded merch. Good for Mike and Frank for capitalizing on their fame, but boring otherwise. Also, no Danny D.
- Husk-Nashville: A nice place, a nice meal, maybe didn’t live up to the hype. Also, not as good as the former (future?) Lola in Cleveland. Dessert was fabulous, though.
- Lane Motor Museum. Fantastic! A former Sunbeam bread factory full of every oddball vehicle you could imagine and many you couldn’t, I can’t recommend this place highly enough.
Okay. About that race…
Our “Nashville” Spartan Sprint was actually held at Fort Campbell (TN/KY), home of the 101st Airborne Division, which is about 90 minutes outside of the city. All this really meant in practice was that some of our obstacles were military themed and we got a special “military” medal that most sprint racers don’t get.
Our race was 4.5 miles long (of a maximum 5) and had 21 obstacles. I completed 17 of those and did the penalty burpees on the four others in order to preserve my chronically bad left shoulder. Basically, anything that had me hanging from my arms was out. Dan and I (below) finished right around 2 hours, which we were fine with. The men’s elite winner finished in just under 40 minutes…good for him.
No, we did not intend to wear matching outfits, though that’s the thing that just kinda happens when you’ve been best friends for 31 years and counting.
Here we are leaping across the burning logs just before the finish- I may have been hamming it up a little…
I’m still exhausted and sour so I’m going to be done now. If you have any questions about the details of our Nashville visit in general or of the race itself, that’s what the comment section is for!