As many of you know, I completed my first Spartan Race this past year. I also then made the decision that this would not be my last. I trained HARD for that day and I am not sure that I ever would have felt ready. The unique part of this experience for me was the comradery that came with the team. Now, this is not to say I am not a competitive person. My main motivators are more the competitive tendencies within myself to push harder and be better than yesterday.
Recently, I was honored as a Plymouth Fitness Member of the Month. My friends giggled when I told them as they have learned my affinity for my long late night work-outs. I was delightfully surprised and honored to be recognized by people I deeply respect for working hard on myself.
Last week mid-session, Nate mentioned that I have met all my goals. I put down the weights – utterly confused. I honestly had no clue what he was talking about. Somehow, I had missed this and the opportunity to celebrate with a victory meal (I really LOVE food). Looking at the big picture, the goals that we had set out to reach in the VERY beginning of our training had all been accomplished. I would be willing to bet that my goals were very different than the person next to me on the treadmill – but we were both there working on ourselves. That is the beautiful thing about being in a place that allows you to become a better version of yourself. I would also be willing to say that the time and dedicated staff at Plymouth Fitness have monumentally impacted my life that I am not sure I would have understood two years ago.
Training with Nate the last two years has certainly been an interesting experience for me. I have been more apt to take risks and step out of my comfort zone. The decision to do the Spartan race was one I never had expected and I have evolved as an athlete and person. I didn’t feel ready for my first Spartan. I didn’t feel ready until I finished the first obstacle and the look of terror subsided. Even if you don’t feel ready, dive in. It’s an experience and one that I am thankful to have had. Give it a chance, prove to yourself that you too can do this race. There are TWO Spartan Bootcamps, Mondays at 10:30am and Wednesdays at 6pm. It is not too late to join! Personally, I am really excited about this as it gives me a chance to meet you wonderful folks while keeping my training interesting.
Get stronger. Get faster. Don’t hit a wall, go over it! Be part of the team. Challenge yourself to Spartan Up and we will see you at FENWAY as a part of team Plymouth Fitness.