Welcome to the first of my series of posts that will be documenting my journey as an entrepreneur and Obstacle Course Racing athlete! One of the things that I noticed from other online entrepreneurs, network marketers, OCR athletes, bloggers, etc. is that everyone is at the top of their game or at least that’s the image they’ve created. They’re already either a leader in their industry or in the top 1% of their sport, but we don’t often get to see how they’ve gotten to that level of success. I’ve decided to bring you along with me on this journey to show you the ups and downs on the way to greatness.
Check out this post on why I think this is important to document the journey not only for me, but also for others that may be on a similar path. So let’s get into the details of my journey to become an elite OCR athlete and to qualify for OCR World Championships 2017!
The Big Goal: Kick Butt (mostly my own) and Qualify for OCRWC 2017
In May of 2015, I got my first introduction into obstacle course racing with the Spartan Sprint at Miller Park Stadium in Milwaukee, and I was instantly an OCR addict. For the rest of 2015, I continued to focus on my weightloss and dipped my toe into other races like the Warrior Dash and BattleFrog (R.I.P.). This year (2016), I stepped it up a notch and ran eight races including Savage Race, Rugged Maniac, and Conquer the Gauntlet which have become part of my favorite races.
I’ve been able to meet and connect with some amazing racers this year and dive deeper into the OCR community. As you well know, you become the average of the five people spend the most time with. Well it just happens that most of the OCR people I hang out with are elite OCR athletes that have made the podium over dozens of times. After watching all of my OCR friends’ Facebook live and share their awesome photos at OCRWC this past October in Blue Mountain, Canada, I made a new declaration for the 2017 season. I want to qualify for OCRWC and take my OCR racing to the next level! It’s time for me to stop watching from the sidelines and get in the game!
The LONG Journey Ahead
Now I’m nowhere near being an elite racer, but we all have to start somewhere right? In order to know where I’m going, I need to know where I’m starting, and boy am I starting a mile behind the start line. An example of how far I have to go is my performance at the last Savage Race. To qualify for OCRWC through a Savage Race, I would need to be in the top 10 of my age group which is roughly the 55:00 to 60:00 minute mark. I’m landing around 1:45:00. Even after we take away the 5 or 10 minutes where I was goofing around on obstacles, I’ve still got a lot of time to get rid of.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
It’s all about progress, not perfection. I know I’ve got a huge task ahead of me, but with my awesome coach and support team, it’ll be a fun challenge to take on.
Jay Flores, my coach and founder of The OCR Project, will be helping me step my OCR game up. He’s podiumed numerous times in various races as well as killed it on ESPN’s BattleFrog League Championships. Jay has also helped me lose 75 lbs and was the one that introduced me to OCR, so there’s no one I trust more and am more grateful to.
I also get the pleasure to train with Lisa Nondorf, who is one of the top OCR Elite Masters in the world! She’s also part of Team Chicago from ESPN’s BF League Championships with Jay. When Jay’s out of town, she’ll be dragging me along on her runs, making fun of me on Facebook live when we’re rock climbing, and kicking my butt at the ninja gym.
Jumping in on the fun will be our friends of the 414 Fit Club which includes a mix of OCR first timers and OCR weekend warriors! Training and working out is a lot more fun with a group than it is alone, so I’m super excited to have all of these wonderful people with me as I embark on this journey.
The Game Plan
The two things I really need to improve on are running and rig obstacles. I’ve never been a great runner, but I’ve seen my own progress in running in the last two years. Two years ago, I couldn’t even run a mile. Last year I was able to increase my running ability to three miles and now I can run six miles with a consistent pace. And this is all without focusing on run training!
When it comes to rig obstacles, I need to vastly improve my grip strength and overall technique when it comes to these types of obstacles that require a lot of swinging. I’m not that strong when it comes to upper body obstacles, so that will also be a focus for this journey. So I’ll be supplementing my current workouts with running and some grip focused activities like rock climbing!
I’ll be returning to my 90 day workout program format which has been proven to work successfully with me for the last two years. Every time I find myself in between a 90 day challenge, I end up slacking and going back to bad habits. P90X3 will be back in my training regimen which contains strength training, endurance, flexibility, balance, and everything else you need to perform well in OCR. My first round of P90X3 last year revealed to me that I had abs hiding under all of that insulation, so I’m super excited to see what else it will reveal to me after three more rounds!
After each week, Coach Jay and I will reflect and review to see if any adjustments or improvements need to be made. I’ll also be posting a weekly recap of the week to let you know the details of the training and the numerous eventful naps I take.
I’m super excited to go on this journey with everyone! I’m already feeling sore from just thinking about the amount of hard work I’ll have to put in!