Hello and welcome to the Tough Girl podcast which is all about motivating and inspiring you. I'm your host, Sarah Williams.
Today we're going to be talking to Rachel Gibson who has just recently attended the Spartan World Championships.
Hi Rach, how are you?
I'm good, Sarah. How are you?
I'm fantastic. Really excited to get you on the podcast. Can you just tell our listeners just a little bit more about you?
Absolutely. I'm Rachel Gibson, I'm thirty-six. I live on the Wirral. I'm a dentist which, yeah, I basically work in a practice in Birkenhead. I'm a part time partner there and I'm a trainer as well so I train junior dentists. I'm also married, I'm a mother of two young boys. I've got two little boys who are age two and four. Yeah, I love training as well so I try to mix all that in with my life and keeping busy.
Fantastic. Let's hear about the story of how you got to the Spartan Wold Championships. How did it all start for you?
Well basically I've always been really into the sport. I've always done all sorts of stuff. After I had my boys I did a quite a lot of triathlons and things before I had the boys. It was trying to work out what I wanted to get back into when I started training again after having had Alie , my second child.
Training at Underground Training Station there was one of the trainers there, Lisa, who was quite into it and I know that she was training me and she competed at Spartan World, sorry, the Spartan Manchester race the year before and told me all about it. It sounded brilliant and sounded like the kind of thing I enjoyed and kind of played to my strength.
Quite fancied it and thought I'd give it a go. Signed up to a few of those kind of things like Tough Mudder and stuff. Basically decided that Spartan Sprint was going to be the race I do because it suited kind of the way I trained and my strengths.
Just quickly, what is the Spartan Sprint? What's the distance involved in that?
Okay, well they've got three categories in Spartan. Sprint is the shortest one. It's basically, the course is usually about five or six K. The one I did was in total about six and a half K and there's usually between fifteen and twenty obstacles.
What type of obstacles are there?
Okay, there's a variety. The sprint that I did there's pretty much always a spear throw. That's pretty much classic for Spartan which sounds easy but actually really isn't.
There's quite often things like monkey bars. There's pretty much always big cargo nets that you've got to climb over. You know, crawling under barbed wire. That's pretty standard as well. Barbed wire that's usually about twelve inches off the ground, crawling under that and make sure you don't kind of cut yourself to ribbons whilst you're doing it.
Rope climbs. There's what? Like a thirty foot rope you've got to climb to the top of, ring a bell, and come back down again. That kind of thing.