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OCR Coach, elite OCR competitor
How did you find your sport?
In 2011, a friend of mine called me up and asked if I wanted to participate in a “mud run”. I had no idea what that meant but she then explained that it was a 6ish mile run with obstacles, some swimming, weighted carries, wall’s to climb and fire to jump over. That is all I had to hear. It wasn’t until November or 2013 when I decided to try a competitive wave and it was that cold, wet day in Mississippi that I decided I wanted to make obstacle racing a serious goal.
What did you find most challenging when you first began your entry into training and competing?
Training for an obstacle race is different than any training program that I have written and participated in. It requires an interesting combination of strength, agility and endurance. Finding the balance of these elements and maintaining it is a challenge and has taken me a few years to figure out.
If you could train/race/compete anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I didn’t have an honest answer for this so I started researching, “the most beautiful places in the world to travel to”. There were too many to choose from. The world is full of incredible views, climates and landmarks, heck, I feel blessed when I get to run along the beach! I can’t imagine being able to travel out of North America to train or compete.
What is your favorite training accessory?
It all depends on what I am doing for the day.
Outdoor weighted climbs - My Hyperwear, MRI weight vests or whatever rock or tree limb I can find. I try to spend time in my recovery compression leggings after these days as they tend to be pretty taxing on my muscles.
My long run day s- Comfortable shoes, my 2XU compression leggings, Geigerrig hydration pack and my 1st Endurance EFS liquid shot to keep me going.
Olympic Lifting Days - a solid pair of lifting shoes, gloves and a smile. These days are always interesting since I’ve just starting incorporating Olympic lifting into my routine.
SAQ training days - Lightweight shoes and an agility ladder.
What motivates you to train and race harder?
When I compete, the competition isn’t against the other racers. The competition is within me. When I get tired, I take a look at what negative thoughts are creeping in and try and remove them before they slow me down. Sure, it hurts. Sure, I am tired. None of these things though are permanent and our bodies are capable of amazing things.
How do you balance your training and racing life with life outside the sport?
It's tough. After herding my kiddos off to school, I sit down and complete my school work, then work, lunch, then training. By the time I get done training, it’s off to pick up my little ones and head home to get them into their after school homework routine, cook dinner, finish our nighttime routine and plan for the next day. Somehow I fit in the required daily tasks and sometimes a second training session at night depending on how close I am to competing.
What is the strangest thing we will find in your gym bag?
A three inch, blue, rubber superman figure and a little, spartan voodoo doll. My children gave me these items as good luck charms and I don’t go without them.
What is your favorite post event meal?
Mmmmmmmm, salmon, greens and sweet potatoes.
In five years time, I will be:
Finished with my degree in exercise science, owning a training facility, hosting a few small niche market events through #Compete2live and in a position where I can travel, educate and motivate others to think outside the box when it comes to fitness and pursue an active, healthy lifestyle.