I'm back. It was a lot easier than I expected, but probably because I have been training for it for 8 months. The team I joined after my original team bailed was a decent team. but the tennis pro had a chest cold and from what I hear is not a great runner to begin with, so we kept having to wait and let him catch up. They ended up having 28 obstacles instead of 21. Probably 5 of the additional 7 were some kind of mud pit. I guess because it was a horse ranch that hosted the event, they thought it would be funny to use horse shit instead of mud...every mud obstacle. The worst were two obstacles that involved wading through calf deep shit water for a about 100-150 yards. The problem was that while it was calf deep, they had dug 4 foot holes all throughout the obstacle, so you would be walking along and suddenly drop down to your waist. I'm interested to see if anyone broke an ankle or incurred some other leg injury navigating those obstacles.
The Chernobyl Jacuzzi was one of the first obstacles, and if you think about how some restaurants fill your glass to the top with ice and pour in a small amount of liquid to fill the glass, this was how the obstacle was set up. As a bonus, not only did you have to get through about 20 feet of the stuff that was chest deep, but they put a 2x6 in the middle which forced you to go under.
Long story short, I navigated every obstacle, scaled every wall by myself and helped a lot of people up the walls. On the 15 foot platform that you jump off into another pit of muddy, cold water, I yelled "Airborne," tucked my elbows into my sides and counted like I was exiting a C-130.
It took a couple showers and a lot of scrubbing to get the mud off, which led me to the discovery of numerous scrapes and a few bruises, none of which I felt at all during the race. I ended the race with energy left, despite taking a face full of the electrified wires which clamped my jaw down so hard I'm surprised I didn't break any teeth.
I'll definitely do it again. It was a complete blast.