Calie struggled in the water yesterday! After that soggy endeavor, she led the competition by only 3 points.
Today is the last and ultimate challenge. It’s also our last full day in California. 🙁 But stick around, and I will share some treasure with you. Now, on with the competition!
⇓ The Gauntlet ⇓
Setting the scene…
Dawn brings magnificent sky treasure
One last perfect morning
This is the day she‘s been wondering about for the last year; the day to find out if she repeats as HITT champion.
The intense atmosphere made its presence known right from the start.
As the athletes undertook a practice walkthrough, many encountered issues with the rope and, especially, the rock wall. The small rock “handles” dared anyone to get a hand or foothold!
To successfully execute the gauntlet one must:
- Breach the door
- Cross monkey bars
- Ascend cargo net
- Descend rope
- Ascend rope
- Descend cargo net
- Cross monkey bars
*Sprint on grass to tires, flip them out of the way, and low crawl under a net.
- Ascend wall
- Descend rope
- Ascend rock wall
- Descend cargo net
- Flip tire forward 2 times, back 2 times
- Pick up two 30-lb ammo cans
- Travel up and over two plyo boxes
- Continue on grass, drop ammo cans
- Pick up a 40-lb pack and rubber rifle
- Diagonal run around low barriers
- Sprint to finish
* Starting with the sprint on grass and ending with the sprint to finish equals the length of 2 football fields.
She didn’t want to see it…
After one successful run-through of the event, Calie wisely focused on chilling out and did not watch others try, fail, and stress about the rock wall. She said she didn’t want to have a picture of failure in her brain.
Smutnick, the closest in points to Calie, would compete against her in the last female race.
The competition was fierce. One of the females in the first heat set a good time, which stayed unbeaten until the 5th.
- 1st heat: 5:08
- 5th heat: 5:05
- *6th heat: 5:04
- *6th heat: 4:15
- 7th heat: 3:22
*Both racers in the 6th heat bested the previous time.
She knew what she had to do.
Each new pair of racers whittled the time to beat.
Calie knew she had to…
Complete the whole course in less than 3 minutes and 22 seconds! 😯
The final heat
is about to start!
Who will cross the finish line first?
Two things I loved that day:
1. The support of the coaches and the competitors was awesome. In most of these images, you will notice the “HITT man” and others as they ran alongside Calie, encouraging her all the way.
As the sun fiercely sent down its rays, the able athletes consumed lunch and waited on pins and needles for the awards ceremony to start.
Ahem, may I have your attention please!
For second and third places, Sgts. Rodgriguez and Smutnick have tied at 89 points.
And announcing Sergeant Calie Jacobsen as the winner of the U.S. Marine Corps’ 2017 HITT competition with 103 points. (Champ for the 2nd year in a row! Yay!)
Elation! An apt reward after many nerve-racking and, may I say, even, death-defying events. By the way, her time for the gauntlet was 3:15, winning the event! 😀 So out of the 7 events for the week, she won 4, placed 2nd in two, and came in a soggy 8th place in the beach event. 😯
The 6 champs
What we came for was finished.
As Calie and her compadres celebrated, Rick and I planned a special evening. We celebrated with some famous coal-fired pizza at The Privateer in Oceanside followed by one last visit to the pier. 🙁
(We recommend the pizza.) 😉
Lofty palm trees stand like sentinels over the beach
Gold, silver, and fire-colored treasures in the sky!
These photos speak for themselves.
Does someone you know do this, never know where to look? 😀
♦Treasure of the Perfect, Pleasant, and Peaceful type♦
The day ended with two spectacular images (if I do say so myself)!
Good place for tranquil contemplation
I’m kind of proud of my stunning photo. You might even say I treasure it! 🙂
Next morning, we had a flight to catch around noon.
We met Calie and a couple of her friends for breakfast at the Breakfast Club Diner in Oceanside. We hugged Calie and Kayla goodbye without much sadness. They would be in Omaha in a week and a half for 10 days! 😀
One last time, we drove (raced) down I-5.
This time, we also got to see the famous beach.
Ahh, so that’s what it looks like in the daylight!
The massive and stately “Del”
Picturesque cliffs overlooking famous Coronado beach
Serene sailboats lazily lounge on the water
I’m so glad we saved time for Coronado island that morning. Not only to finally see the hotel (and beach) in daylight, but because I snapped this eye-catching image. 😉 The serene scene speaks: “As sailboats lounge peacefully in the bay, the city works diligently in the background.“
On to the airport.
What a busy, tense-at-times, and fun-filled week! From driving in a huge, unknown-to-us-city, discovering the wonderful new experience of a pier, to watching our “baby” complete and win a rigorous competition,
we survived and treasured our first trip to California!
If you haven’t seen the prior days, check them out for the full story and more striking images.
On our way home
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Whew! What a busy last couple of days.
I hope you gathered some nuggets of treasure and
y’all will let me know what you think of my posts.
This concludes our adventures in San Diego.
Until we share time together again,
May Blessings, blooms, and treasure nuggets be yours!
Glad you’re here!