Humans of Haas is a new series that offers a glimpse into the lives of our Haas colleagues.
We chose Marco Lindsey, executive advisor to Dean Rich Lyons, for our first profile after we found out about his passion for Spartan Races and wanted to hear more.
What are Spartan Races?
Spartan Races have a mixture of running and various obstacles that tax every part of your body to find your weaknesses. They range from three to 15 miles. You don’t know what the obstacles are going to be until you’re in it.
How did you get into them?
I’ve been a weight lifter all my life but I hated running. I was looking for something to bridge the gap. I found out about Spartan, and figured it was the toughest thing out there. I didn’t know anyone who did them and no one I knew was crazy enough to do it with me. I watched a few videos and decided to try one.
In August of 2014 I did my first Spartan Sprint at AT&T Park and I was hooked. It was 3.5 miles up and down stairs, carrying sandbags or 40-gallon jugs of water, rope climbing and a cargo-net climb. You have to climb a 7-foot or 10-foot wall to start every Spartan.
How do you climb a 7-foot wall?
You just do. You run up to it and jump as high as you can, and then you pull yourself over it.
How do you climb a 10-foot wall?
How many races have you done?
I did two at AT&T Park, one in Monterey, one in Tahoe.
The Monterey Super was 10 miles and the Tahoe Beast was 15 miles with 30-plus obstacles. It was the most difficult thing I’ve done in my life—I wouldn’t wish that race on my worst enemy. There were over 750 people who didn’t finish. It was on the back side of Squaw, and all up hill. First it started raining, then hailing, then snowing. For me, that happened right after we had to swim across a small lake. Many people didn’t finish because of hypothermia. At mile 12 I started shivering so badly that I had to stop for a minute. But I decided the only way I wasn’t going to finish was if they carried me off. I had come too far to quit. That one was on October 3, my birthday.
Why do you do it?
Two reasons. It’s a challenge that not everyone can do. I like to have that in my toolkit of things I’ve been able to do in life.
You also really learn that your body can do a lot more than you think it can do, if you put your mind to it. At the Spartan Beast, I was wet, it was snowing, and I was freezing, but I was still moving forward. A couple of miles later, my body temperature came back up and it was because I had set my mind to it.
Last year I earned the Spartan Trifecta, which means a sprint, a super, and a beast in one calendar year. I keep the circle medal there on my desk. Whenever my day gets rough, it’s a reminder that I can do whatever I set my mind to. I can put my hand on it and remember. I think maybe that’s why I do it.
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