If you read my Beast of Support article then you know Thomas and I have been training to complete the Super Spartan Race. If you saw my beast training journey on Facebook then you know how I’ve sweated, cried and cussed. This has been an incredibly physical journey for me. I wasn’t completely out of shape when I started this, I could do my pulls up, girls can do pull ups too; but I am in much better shape now after my beast training journey. After having two babies in three years I knew I needed something to get me motivated to keep working out. I am very grateful Thomas signed us both up for the Super Spartan. It knocked me ass into gear and I truly needed the extra push.
I feel super proud and tired as I reflect back on my weeks of training. Thomas pushed me to do many, many push ups and pull ups. I complained every step we took during our boiling hot runs out on the park way. I trained for 20 weeks. During that time, I filmed 14 episodes of my Beast Training Journey to document what workouts I did, my eating habits and my progress. Every four episodes I would do a numbers update reporting on the highest number of pull ups and push ups I could do within four sets, along with the weight increase I’d have completing four sets of eight reps. My journey was long and it was hot.
Before I realized it, the day of the race had come. I was nervous as hell. I was so worried I wasn’t going to be able to complete all the obstacles. I inconvenienced myself that I was a rock star if I completed half the obstacles. Happy to announce that out of 27 obstacles, I completed 23; two I completed half way; and two I just couldn’t do. Towards the end on the rotating monkey bars I slipped during a transfer and ripped open my palm a little. That sounded dramatic, it was a penny size blister, still it was enough to keep me from completing the rope climb and rings. Whatever mama still did good.
My defining moment came as I trudged through the mud of the barbed wired climb. At one point I just closed my eyes and start moving. I got lost in my breath and body movements as my mind wondered to a spiritual place. My body and mind had aligned and I experienced a sense of pride unlike any I had before. It was close to the pride and high you get from giving birth, but it was different. I had the knowledge that my mind is more powerful than my body. My body was put into submission and I had to continue on this Spartan race no matter how tired my body felt.
I loved that high so much I think I may have to do another race. In time I’m sure I will complete another one and I hope you come along with me for the journey as well. I want to thank you for all your love and support. I can’t tell you how much all your kind words have meant to me. I hope you try something new that you never have tried before, it may not be a Spartan Race but I’m sure you will enjoy whatever it is that you are wanting to try.