11 hours ago
Last year I wasnt able to get this one at my first race. But by my second I had it down and now I always get it! Heres what I learned.
First, you can save time in the first portion by jumping further into the monkey bars than I did.
Second, a lot of this obstacle has to do with your reach. I'm 5'5 so it's much more difficult to transition from one point to the other. With that being said you need to practice dead hanging, pullups and get good at your ability to hang from one hand and reach with the other.
You want to be grabbing those straps as high as you can. So you can see here that I had to reach low initially to pull the strap into myself and then grab it high. The second swing is easier since you are closer and I actually grabbed that one lower because it gives you a longer swing to help bring you to the bars. Taller people can probably just continue to grab high.
Third, momentum is always a factor on obstacles. Once you are committed to that second strap let your initial swing take you to the next set of bars. If you find yourself stalled you can rock your legs side to side to try and get another good swing. Again reach is important here but if I can do it you can do it.
Fourth, the last section is the easiest once you are onto it. You can do it like I did or use that technique you see the ppl on ninja warrior use when they go across those boards. Its the same concept.
Finally, all of these sections are moving but not to the extent that it will mess you up. The rocking of the bars is more of a mental thing than a difficult part to the obstacle.
Hope this helps everyone! Thanks for another great race Bonefrog
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