Since I have been so busy between work and school, I found that my level of physical activity was slowly declining. I was probably still more active than your average person, but I still wasn’t where I knew I should be. So, early in the year I decided that I had to change and I needed something to help me change. Since I am a very goal oriented and person I figured that if I had a goal to focus on that I would have no choice but to be prepared. That goal was to do a Spartan race, http://spartanrace.ca/. I hit the gym hard and started training! I actually wanted to do this last year, but try finding a team of people who actually want to put themselves through a physical agony! Almost impossible! I finally found three other people who were just as crazy as me. We entered our team as, “The Mud Ninjas”. Perfect name for this race because there was sooooo much mud! Was it really necessary? Probably not, but it was a ton of fun!
On July 2nd, 2016, my team and I participated in the Toronto Spartan Sprint. It was 5-6 km of uphill running, about 21 obstacles, and I repeat, MUD!! I figured we’d get through it in about an hour- ppfffttt! Two hours and fifteen minutes later, we finally crossed the finish line together! The race took place at Brimacombe Ski resort https://brimacombe.ca/home . Definitely not hills for beginners! The hills were very steep and became more and more challenging in the heat. By the end of the race I was exhausted and limping from a knee injury. I went home, crashed on my couch and thought, “I’m never doing that again!” But the next morning when I woke up my first thought was, “I can’t wait to do that again next year!” . I’m just a glutton for punishment that way!
What I learned from the race is that my cardio improved a lot. After not training for a while I really struggled during my soccer games, so I knew I had to improve in this area. I also learned that my upper body is strong, but my grip strength is a lot weaker than what I thought. All the obstacles where I had to swing across bars and ropes, I would only make it half way before I wouldn’t be able to hold on any longer. I learned the value of working as a team: helping each other through the difficult obstacles, motivating and encouraging each other and absolutely no one gets left behind. The most important lesson I learned is that I can push myself to any limit I desire and never give up, regardless of how much pain I’m in!