I was on Facebook last night and saw a status update from my friend Amy asking if anyone wanted to do the Warrior Dash with her. Oddly enough, I had been talking to Jason about it a few hours prior. I thought that it might be something we could do in 2012, but after I saw Amy’s facebook post, I decided that 2011 would be a fine year for me. Maybe Jason will join me next year!
What really sealed the deal was that there was a Groupon. The race is held in Mountain City, Georgia, about two hours from Atlanta. It’s both Saturday May 14th and Sunday May 15th but the Groupon was only good for the Sunday race.
I have to admit; I’m a little nervous. It’s basically a 5K with 12 obstacles during the course. The obstacles differ depending on what city you’re racing in but in Georgia they are:
1. Road Rage (climbing over wrecked cars)
2. Slithering Swamp (run through muddy water)
3. Barricade Breakdown (climb over barriers and under barbed wire)
4. Great Warrior Wall (climb over a big wall)
5. Tire Tread (run through tires)
6. Chaotic Crossover (cargo nets)
7. Arachnophobia (go through tangled ropes)
8. Blackout (crawl through dark tunnels)
9. Cargo Climb (another cargo net)
10. Petrifying Plunge (slide down a mud hill)
11. Muddy Mayhem (crawl through mud under barbed wire)
12. Warrior Roast (jump over fires)
I looked up some Youtube videos and it really doesn’t look as scary as it sounds. The only one that sort of scares me is, oddly enough, the Great Warrior Wall. I don’t have that much upper body strength. Other than that, I think it sounds really fun!
And what do soon-to-be warriors eat for dinner? Golden Bowls! The Golden Bowl is my favorite thing to get at The Grit in Athens. My friend Jamie introduced me to it when I first moved to Georgia and although I’ve only been to Athens three or four times, I’ve gone to The Grit each time and always ordered the Golden Bowl.
I never really thought to recreate it at home until recently. While I cooked some basmati brown rice in the rice cooker, I pressed the tofu to get some of the moisture out.
I cooked the tofu, onion, yellow squash and green pepper according to this recipe from Vegetarian Times.
I put some rice in a bowl and topped it with a secret ingredient: Mama Pea’s MMMM sauce. This stuff is like crack. So good!
And then I put the tofu/veggie mixture on top.
While it wasn’t quite as good as The Grit’s, it was still pretty damn good. Jason said it was one of the better tofu dishes that I’ve made.