We are assembling a team for the Spartan Sprint at Fenway park on November 12 and 13. As I'm gathering my thoughts on today's topic it brought me back to a post I wrote in 2013. There are a lot of hidden victories and joy that come with completing one of these challenges. People face fears, face exhaustion, battle through injuries/cuts/scrapes/bruises and show you what you are truly capable of. There are many tests of endurance out there (triathlons, 1/2 and full marathons, long swims, etc) but I love the different elements that one can face and conquer during on Obstacle Course Race (OCR).
See my words from 2013 below:
To me, adventure races are not just a stupid event where people get covered in mud and drink beer after. For many, that’s all that they are and to each his own. To me, they offer a chance for me to learn more about myself, about my drive, about my determination, about my perserverence, and to learn the same about my team. After completing one of these races, it makes petty challenges in everyday life seem not-so-challenging! How can you complain about doing yard work after carrying a 50 pound sandbag up a 100 meter hill with a 70 degree incline after running 2 miles while soaking wet and dirty? <— major run on sentence there, lol. The races teach me that the stresses of life are really not that bad.
They teach me that I am stronger than I think I am. At my first Spartan Sprint last August, I went into it very cocky after a strong showing at the Warrior Dash the month before…WOW was I humbled! That race almost broke me and it wasn’t even 4 miles. But I got through it and it showed me not to be complacent on where I am physically. It was a huge lesson on perserverance as I acutally contemplating quitting about halfway through (my ego talked me out of it!). I decided to catch my breath, keep moving forward, and keep marching on regardless of the next horrible obstacle in my path. At the time, it was my most cherished medal! I definitely earned that one.
These races are the ultimate team building event! I love seeing my members out of breath yet refusing to quit! I love to see the determination on their faces as they hoist themselves over walls without regard to their fear of heights, crawling through tunnels despite claustrophobia, and helping and motivating eachother . I love seeing how proud they are upon crossing the finish line, covered in mud with scratches and bruises. I love how immediately after the race we are already discussing what’s next! I’m very honored to be the Fitness Coach to a bunch of people just as crazy as I am
So my question to you is this: How do you challenge yourself? If you’ve never done an adventure race I definitely recommend that you try one. You will learn something about yourself. You will stop put limitations on your ability, you will learn to trust people (even complete strangers will help you when you need it), and it will definitely stimulate your sense of adventure!
So how does this translate into everyday life? Are there things that you want to accomplish but are holding back on making that first step? When you complete an adventure race/half marathon/marathon, you are subconsciously telling yourself that you can do ANYTHING!! When you start a race you are fully determined to make it to that finish...imagine what will happen if you tackle your personal and professional goals in the same manner.
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