Your Story: Obstacle race fuels passion for fitness
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AS A PERSONAL trainer for 10 years, it's no secret that exercise is my drug choice, my guiding light.
But regardless of how uplifting a run on the beach or a great training session with friends can be, the daily training routine isn't always enough.
Every now and again it's great to put yourself out there in the competition arena.
And that's exactly what six of my clients and I did last Saturday at the Spartan Super obstacle race at Peak Crossing, Ipswich.
Fellow Tannum Sands residents Marisa Kent, Kyla Sprecher, Hartono Wijaya, Hera Wijaya, Steve Powell, my husband Clint Swanton and I were thrilled to complete the obstacle race sprawled across 15km of challenging single-track terrain.
A total of 25 obstacles were to be completed, with any failed attempt resulting in a 30-burpee penalty. Nasty!
Obstacles included climbing, traversing, loaded carries, loaded drags, mud pits, deep-water wading, crawling, jumping, lifting and balancing, and most presented a decent challenge.
The race was the culmination of 10 weeks training, which has replicated the specific demands of combining running with strength and conditioning movements.
One thing we can't replicate in training is the personal best performances that the race or competition environment often delivers.
Those achievements are borne out of pushing our bodies as hard as they can go or to keep up with the person next to us.
And no training session can replicate the hum of merriment and general excitement experienced as part of a pre-race gathering awaiting the starter's gun.
Despite some pre-race nerves and doubts, we all felt the certain thrill of finishing and a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
Such post-event feelings also further fuel our passion for training, identify weaknesses and help us set our sights on bigger goals.
No matter your age or ability, there is truly something out there for everyone, from simple fun runs and bike rides to triathlons and obstacle races, team sporting events, CrossFit competitions or other sporting carnivals.
Put yourself out there and be prepared to face your fears and nerves. You might just love it - and what you become in the process.
Bec Swanton is the owner and trainer at Perfect Fit Training Solutions. For more information, visit www.perfectfittraining.com.au or phone 0424 080 321.