I love OCR, and in fact some might say I'm obsessed with racing (my husband) LOL. I don't see it as an obsession, but more as something that has changed me for the better and I enjoy doing. However after doing an event like the Agoge in China, then coming back to a SC Beast I didn't seem to enjoy it as much. Maybe it's because I have ankles made of glass that like to roll all the time, so I'm always injuring myself...or it's the same boring obstacles. Eh, maybe it's a little of both, but I just didn't have my heart in it.
The Agoge in China was tough, but it was a learning experience of teamwork, grit and mental fortitude. I really enjoy pushing my mind and body to the limits. You would be surprised to know how far you can really push yourself. I'm not the strongest or most fit chick...but I don't effin' quit. I found my strength (mental strength) in the grueling endurance events. I'm not saying that I'm quitting OCR...I'm just saying that I'm going to focus more on other kinds of races and endurance events for a while. Switch it up, and come back to OCR refreshed.
With that said, I'm diving into things I've never done before. In a little over 3 weeks (and no freaking training) I'm jumping into my first 100 mile Ultra-marathon. I'm pretty excited to try this out, even though I hate running, LOL. You get 24 hours to complete 100 miles. It should be do-able, but if you take too many breaks or too long of a nap at 3am you might not finish. Learning to pace myself and managing my time are going to be super important. Thankfully, I have a friend who is a great runner coming down to do this with me! Well, see how it goes...fingers crossed I don't roll my ankles in the dark! :)
In January 2017, I'll be doing another ultra-marathon and crossing an item off my bucket list. I'll be doing the Skydive Ultra in Clewiston, Florida. Thankfully, I won a free entry from a Facebook photo contest, so that helps with my race spending. I have never skydived before, so this going to be epic! How often do you get a chance to skydive to the start line of a race, then run a 50k, then get a medal for doing it?!?! I can't wait!!
In April 2017, I will be taking the family with me to New Jersey for the Spartan Ultra-Beast race. This will be the last piece to my perfect Delta. As of now, only 9 people in the world have finished the perfect Delta. It's not imperative, but it would be super cool if I was in the top 20 people in the world to finish the delta. I am nervous about this race. A lot of people DNF Spartan Ultra-Beasts. They are tough as shit. I have a lot of training to do before then. I hope all the ultra-marathon training I will be doing in the spring will help prepare me for that event.
In June 2017, I plan on completing my first half IronMan triathalon. I plan on starting a training plan in February. I'm also hoping that the triathalon training will help with the NJ ultra-beast. Swimming is a great anaerobic sport and good for preparing for other types of events. Thankfully this race isn't far from home, so travel costs won't be too much. I'm excited to spread my wings and try a different kind of endurance event.
Do I plan on doing any OCR's in 2017? Probably...but when I do go to one, I plan on just having fun and not worrying about how fast or slow my time is. I was starting to get wrapped up in how "bad" I did, and not fully enjoy myself. It shouldn't be about how fast or slow/good or bad I did. I would compare myself to the other super fit and fast Spartan chicks, come home and put myself down after the race. Honestly, I'm never going to be that girl. I hate running and I like tacos way too much, LOL. But, I can change how I look at OCR and how I feel about myself. Therefore from now on, I'm going to have fun and help others at races.
As for the rest of 2017, who know's what I'll do. I would like to do World's Toughest Mudder next year, and maybe a full IronMan, but it may or may not happen. Life happens and sometimes goals have to be postponed, but it doesn't mean you give up. I like to set a few goals at a time...and sometimes, I like to be spontaneous and register for a race at the last minute. Whatever happens my goals are always to: live happy, to challenge myself both mentally and physically, have fun, and to inspire others.
Change your thoughts and you change your world.
Norman Vincent Peale
~Muscles, Mud and mascara :)