New venue for the SoCal Spartan. For the first time Spartan held a race at the Pala Motor Speedway. It was a nice course, semi-technical but flat and fast (at least the sprint was) just under 5 miles and about 20 obstacles. I had been training really hard for this race, and I felt good. 3.5 miles into the race I was sitting in 32nd overall and 3rd in Masters, that's when the wheels came off. I failed two obstacles in a row, the multi-rig and about 50 yards later the herc hoist (again). This dropped me way back to about where I finished, 62nd overall and 11th in Masters. I ran really well and felt strong, the fail on the rig was technique more than strength (granted if I was stronger I could have overcome) the herc hoist was a bit heavier than before and I wasn't recovered from my rig burpees. I need to keep working on my lats, biceps, and grip. Though they are greatly improved, they are still a weakness.