Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Spartan Trifecta Delta: Apa Tu?

My teammate spotted the image of what seemed to be a Triple or Quadruple Trifecta Holder on the international Spartan social media and shared it with the team. This apparently was a leaked image from Spartan.

source: http://blog.mudrunfun.com/
I must admit it was a pretty cool swag to the existing Trifecta wedges and tray. There were talks of a possible Triple Trifecta next year but of course, then someone pointed out it was probably a marketing ploy by Spartan. 

I agree and somewhat disagree. Yes, it was probably another Spartan marketing ploy but a triple Trifecta would be too on the point and too straightforward and knowing Spartan Race, it was anything but straightforward. 
source: http://www.spartan.com/
It turned out, that the US OCR blog, Mud Run Fun had the answer. Not a triple or quadruple Trifecta but rather a series of Trifectas that makes up the Trifecta Delta.  

Say what now? Malaysia and Singapore just experienced its first Spartan race and now there is this?! 

Based from what I understand from Mud Run Fun's post, Spartan Delta pursuers have to do the following ALL within a calendar year (that means between January - December 2016) 

source: http://www.spartan.com/

Race Trifecta - the tri-coloured medals and wedges that when merged, form a giant trophy to represented the racer conquering all three Spartan distances; Sprint (5-7km), Super (14km) and finally Beast (21km) or for the insane, the ultra Beast (42km). Completion of all three within a calender year will earn you the Trifecta medal. That glorious chunk of tri-coloured metal. 

The Train Trifecta and Endurance Trifecta are new areas to me so I refer back to Mud Run Fun to explain. 

Exempt from Mud Run Fun  
"Earning your Train Trifecta is one of the new additions to the Spartan Trifecta System.
Spartan X – The Course is an educational program driven by Spartan principles. It is the result of over 1,000 interviews with psychologists, sociologists, monks, priests, educators, athletes, community leaders and business innovators gathering data as to what it takes to achieve success. This curriculum and its 10 modules will help you get to the finish line. It’s going to be hard, but those that get through the 30 days (or however long it takes you) will have an owner’s manual for life. It will be your blueprint for when things get tough.
Spartan SGX – SGX is Spartan’s official training program. Nearly anyone can finish a Spartan Race. Including you. Spartan SGX functional fitness program is a great way to prepare. Whether you have just discovered the athlete within, or are an established competitor, SGX can give you the physical and mental capacity to take on whatever challenges are thrown your way, on and off the course. The body weight-focused workouts are varied, novel and typically conducted in a group. In an SGX class, you bend, crawl, carry, climb, hang, jump, lift, lunge, pull, push, run, sprint, squat and twist… exactly what your body has been designed to do for over millions of years.
Agoge – As of now there is limited info on the training element of Agoge, when we reached out to the Director of Spartan Endurance, Tony Matesi, for more information he let us know, “The information is classified, for now. If you really want to know sign up for Agoge 001 this winter in Vermont.
Last but never the least Spartan Race creates an Endurance Trifecta.
Hurricane Heat – Every Hurricane Heat is Unique, Time: 3-4 Hours. The foundation of the HH is based on a code called “The Warrior’s Ethos,” which is 23 words comprising four main principles with centuries of meaning behind them. This ethos serves to provide a spark to warm you on the coldest of mornings and guide you on darkest of nights as it will guide you and as a critical step towards the pinnacle of Spartan — the Agoge. The Hurricane Heat is where you learn non-traditional problem solving, find endurance under duress, and experience the power of synergy.
HH12HR – The 12 Hour Hurricane Heat, or HH12HR, is Spartan Races next level standalone event specifically designed to test every facet of your mental, intellectual and physical abilities through the use of mental challenges, nonlinear problem solving, morality, as well as teamwork and individual performance under physical duress.
Agoge – In the 7th century BC, the Spartans wanted to produce the strongest and most mentally tough citizens on earth. To do this, they created the Agoge, a system of training that became the envy of the known world.
Spartan Race brings this same philosophy to modern times. The Spartan Agoge will be held in Pittsfield, Vermont, on the “farm,” twice a year, once in summer and once in winter, with special sessions for US military units. After the first few events, the Spartan Agoge will travel to international markets including Singapore, Australia and beyond.  
Participants will commit to a 60-hour Agoge at registration, with an option to complete their training at 24- and 48-hour marks. Those that make it 24 hours will have completed “The Agoge 24,” and those who complete 48 hours will be credited with “The Agoge 48.” Those who complete the Spartan Agoge in its entirety will achieve “The Agoge 60."
Source: http://blog.mudrunfun.com/2015/12/what-is-the-spartan-trifecta-delta/ 

According to Spartan Race, Spartan Delta forges the ultimate Spartan - a warrior that can take pressure - constant, relentless, massive pressure. The Spartan Delta is the culmination of finishing Spartan races, endurance events, Spartan X, and more. Training your mind, body, and spirit.
"The ultimate Spartan is the optimal blend of mind, body and spirit. To complete the ultimate Spartan Delta it takes more than a body that can endure and mind that can dare – it takes a warrior spirit that never dies. It takes willingness not only to change, but to grit one’s teeth for years, to be renewed by pain, and to be transmogrified by unimaginable challenges.  
Commit to Resilience. Commit to Evolution. Commit to the Spartan Delta and forge your warrior spirit in steel."
source: http://www.spartan.com/en/race/2016-year-resilience/mind?article=34483 

Er....I sked now. 

While Spartan Delta does look like an awesome swag to pursue for 2016, Asia is just only getting a taste of the Spartan bug and with Malaysia's weak currency, jetting frequently to the United States for these events remains but a dream to many of us and me. Unless some serious sponsorship comes my way... *hint hint*

However as Spartan's theme for 2016 goes: a year of resilience. Good luck to any Spartan aiming for the Delta! 


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