DNS = Did Not Start.
That’s right. Spartan Race marks my first ever Did Not Start. I wish it wasn’t. Out of all the races on my calendar, why did I have to fall ill and miss out on this race? It’s not fair, but there is nothing much I can do about it.
To say that I’m bummed is an understanding.
I know I stated that was I hesitant and unsure how I would go in this post. But I’m still mad, angry, bummed, and sad, that I couldn’t participate.
Wednesday afternoon I was feeling a bit off. I took my temperature and it was 37.1. Took some paracetamol and got a good night’s sleep. The next day again, a mild temperature, but had gone by the end of the day. The same again Friday. I was hoping it was just a mild thing and that would be gone by the morning.
Ballarat on Friday night was cold though, and I was cold to the bone, so much so, that I didn’t leave the car unless I had to, because the cold air was hurting my back. Not a good sign.
Saturday morning I woke up and I was roasting. I was seriously on fire. I don’t think it helped that Tom had given me a -16c down sleeping bag. So while he was cold during the night I slept like a log or toasty and warm. Could that have been attributed to my DNS some may say yes, but I’m going to say no though, you’ll see?
So I woke up roasting, but I was feeling ok. I took my temperature at 39.3c. Yeah, not good.
Took more paracetamol, got changed into my spartan gear, got some orange juice, and ate half a banana.
I sat down, and I thought about doing the race, and not doing the race. I thought to myself I’ll do it unless I faint or spew, then I’m out.
Temp now 38.7c.
By not doing the race I would be letting not only myself but my team down.
But by doing the race I could be putting not only myself at further risk, by my team at risk too.
There was also this to think about:
5. I attest and verify that I am free from all illnesses, injuries and defects and that I am physically fit and sufficiently trained to participate in all activities associated with the Event.
Yep, I read the waiver, I knew it was in there. I wasn’t free from illnesses, I had something, and I was feeling awful.
Temp is still in the mid 38’s.
By now I had the hot and cold sweats going. Sitting there with a cold washcloth on my head it hit me, there is no way I can do this feeling this shitty. I’ll just make myself worse.
The decision was made. I called the Team Captain, I told him I wouldn’t be there. Tears were rolling down my face while I was talking to him. I so wanted to do it, but I knew it wouldn’t be wise to. I felt like I was letting my team down. I know they had a great time, and I know that there is next year, but it’s not the same.
We packed up the car and made a silent drive back home. Where I curled up on the couch and slept for the rest of the day/weekend and possibly even the week.
All it took was a severe case of tonsillitis to take me out of the Spartan Race.
Some will say it’s mind over matter. But I couldn’t run, let alone carry a sandbag or do a burpee. It wouldn’t have been fair on my team to wait on me to finish when I wouldn’t be able to.
So even though I didn’t get to run Spartan, I know there will be other events, and I know I will participate in them, and I will be ready and most importantly not sick.
Have you ever DNS due to illness?