First time back in my home state since moving away to Colorado I was focused and determined to do the same as last year when it came to the Mega Wall. Box Run was a balance obstacle I was dreading as it was one of the scarier balance obstacles I've seen over the years with very little room for error. I took a tumble as I leapt for the finish platform and shook it off as I made my way through the rest of the course. Another course cleared and another Mega Wall defeated!!
This run would be one of my more difficult ones due to an injury sustained fairly early on. Box Run almost took me out completely but I managed to save it but lost some skin in the process. Banged up and bloody I soldiered on and made my way through the back half of the course being the first person to clear the city finals course again.
This season changed things up again with a much trickier stage 1. The second obstacle, Spin your Wheels, was much more difficult than the second obstacle has been in the past but after a few extra swings I got through it. The Double Dipper still posed a threat but I used the previous years experience to help me through. A close call on the Jumping Spider but I shook it off and got prepared to beat the obstacle that took me out last year. This year the spinning tire was in the middle this year which made things a bit easier in my opinion. After that I made it up the warped wall with under a minute to go in typical Stratis dramatic fashion. The Diving Boards balance obstacle was one that was painful if you fell wrong on it and very little room for error as well. I veered left as I began crossing it but barely stayed on the finish platform. From there The Twist and Fly was a much more forgiving obstacle than the Flying Squirrel like the years prior and I made it up with a little breathing room. Back on to stage 2!
This stage had the most changes out of all. Things started off with a hard landing after The Walk The Plank Obstacle. From there the Salmon Ladder rungs gradually became further and further apart which led to the Snapback, an obstacle I was worried about since I've had little experience with it. From there it was on to the Giant Swing Surfer, a huge drop down to a swinging pillar and then another jump to an almost vertical wall with tiny ledges for climbing up. I got through and moved on to the Grim Sweeper, the obstacle that took the place of the Wingnut Alley. This was probably the most fun obstacle I've ever tried, despite being extremely high off the ground, having fire shooting all around me and the clock counting down I surprisingly had a good time swinging around on this one. After that was the Water Walls, something I had been training for with swimming laps after work. But I didn't realize how exhausted I would be at the end and I struggled with the doors and going under water each time. Luckily I made it through with a little time to spare. My first time clearing stage 2 in the states!
Back on stage 3 after 8 seasons! Took me long enough! Sadly my time here was shortly lived. After the Grip and Tip starting obstacle I moved on to the Northern Passage. A hybrid pegboard that used leverage to hold the pegs into place. I was rushing through trying to save strength for the later obstacles and in my rush I tried a big move and had my hand in the wrong position on the peg which caused it to pop right out. No saving this one! And that was all she wrote for season 11.
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