Me: "Can I go hiking?"
Doctor: "Yeah, you can hike flat ground."
Me: "Really? (rolls eyes)"
This conversation happened about 8 weeks post operation. I was searching for anything to do that would get me closer to being outside and back on the trails. My recovery progress had been great so far and I was looking to make some serious strides.... Literally.
As a Spartan SGX coach I get to help others achieve something that can't be priced. The empowerment one gets from finishing a Spartan race is undeniable. You are tested not only physically, but mentally and emotionally. You get stronger, build confidence and have a sense of empowerment that can make one feel UNBREAKABLE.
Finally, a week during this program that I get to complete 100%! After three weekends of back to back races I felt the urge to take time off because I "Earned" some rest. When in reality I knew this was the time to buckle down, get my training on point and use the next five weeks wisely. My goals are no longer for aesthetics but for performance and I am ready to perform at my best. All though having some shredded abs and glutes would be awesome, I just don't obsess about it or use the scale to measure my progress. Speaking of weighing in, I haven't weighed myself in over two months (Slam the scale did me good!). I track my progress by my races. Not if I win or place, but how I FEEL
It is 6am on a Sunday morning in San Francisco. It is dark, a little chilly and there are over 25,000 people (majority women) roaming around Union Square trying to find porta potties and their starting corrals. There is music, lights and the chatter of the thousands of women waiting anxiously to start the race that some may have trained months for. The energy is high as the DJ starts to hype the crowd up at the beginning of the starting line and the clock is counting down to let the runners well, RUN! The air horn blows off and the runners run.