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: www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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!