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Biggest Loser Off-Road Challenge (w/ Pics!)

Sunday, May 05, 2013

So I completed the Biggest Loser Off-Road Challenge (a Spartan designed race) yesterday. It was one of the most difficult physical challenges I've ever had, and I was already exhausted from getting only an hour of sleep the night before (I've blogged about why here:

My initial reactions to my race experience were fairly negative. I felt like I had bitten off more than I could chew and that I was in way over my head. I was discouraged at how many of the obstacles I felt were beyond my grasp. And due to other life circumstances (see the above-linked blog), all I wanted was to get done with the damn thing and get the hell back home. This is how I looked immediately after the race...

On the way home, I really start to worry about the fact that I had signed up for a similar and LONGER run next month (Insanity Run on June 1). By the time I got home, I was utterly exhausted and convinced I should not have signed up for this or any other mud run to begin with! You can probably tell how tired I was from this pic...

After cleaning up and getting some food in me, I started to feel better. I started talking about the experience and realized how proud I was to have accomplished what I was able to. I did way more than I might have expected myself to be capable of! And holy moly, did I scrape up my knees and elbows!

Today, after getting a lot of sleep and feeling a lot more like myself, I started to realize what an amazing experience it truly was. Not only was I surrounded by some awesome folks on the Biggest Loser team, but it seems like everyone there, especially the other Spartan racers, became an amazing community of strangers. Everyone was helping and encouraging everyone else. Everyone assumed that you could do anything you wanted to by the mere virtue of being there. And now, I wear my scrapes and cuts and bruises as badges of honor (my knees today):

The more I think about it, the more I think that I totally LOVED it, and I really wanna train and do it again! Was it grueling? Hell yes! Was I in over my head a bit? No question! But was it an absolute blast and a challenge that I want to conquer? You bet your britches!!! I want to challenge myself to do more than I ever though possible and become the warrior woman that others see in me!

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  • AEB523
    I am doing my off road challenge on June 1st in NY. I just woke up from a dream think "what the heck did out sign up for". Knowing that you did it gives me the push I need. I promised myself to try each obstacle at least 3 times, my thought is, with all the folks there, I will find the strength to get it done! Wear your scratches as badges - you earned them!
    1755 days ago
  • DRPOOH63
    Congrats on doing this. This is where I draw the line but this is way cool that you did this. emoticon emoticon
    1777 days ago
    Way to go! Seems like it was a blast and a very inspiring experience!
    1779 days ago
  • TRACEY5280
    So proud of you and glad you pushed through! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1779 days ago
    MIAKODA4 - Thanks, you rocked it, too! By the time I got to the cargo nets, I was so exhausted and ready to leave, that I didn't even care about doing the obstacles. I did jump the fire at the end though!

    So glad I got to see you!! Ready to do it again next year??

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    P.S. What burpees??? emoticon
    1780 days ago
    You kicked some serious ass if you ask my opinion!!! I, too, couldn't believe how encouraging everyone was, and helpful!!! It was a great experience!!

    You should have seen me at that cargo net obstacle! I totally freaked out at the top!! I flipped out while rolling over the net! I finally sucked it up and got it done but whew! That one was scary!!! I totally LOVED the barb wire crawl! That one was my favorite one!! Minus the rocks and the freezing cold water!!

    And remember, you did NOT see me doing burpees!!! LOL!! emoticon

    Glad I ran into you there!!
    1780 days ago
    That is so incredibly cool! You did such a good thing there! I can tell by the pictures that you got a bit beat up, but isn't it something when you look at it and think "What the HE&$ was I thinking?!?" And then you do it!
    Good for you!
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    1780 days ago
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