2016, the year of endurance. Longer events, epic adventures, and making myself known in the endurance community were just a few of 2016's goals. Little did I know ... 2016 would be the year of recovery. Longer rest, still some epic adventures, and making myself know for a Badass comeback.
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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
One year ago I was lining up at a start line, freezing cold, not knowing what to expect and wondering what it was I was going to have to do. I told myself I was going to take it easy, but once we were released to go, I took off into the unexpected. The cold, rainy weather, mud and ice cold water was only a piece of what I was experiencing. Along the way I was running up steep hills, climbing over walls, crawling under what felt like a mile of barb wire, climbing ropes and doing burpees in the mud. I managed to finish and never felt so alive. That day was December 7th, 2013 in Malibu, CA at the Spartan Malibu Sprint, the day that marks the date when I would never be the same.
He told me as a coach and friend, he honestly felt I was making the right decision and to let go of bikini competing for now. NOT because I am not a good competitor, but my head needs to be 100% into what I am doing.