Have you ever been presented with something that challenges the very idea of who you thought you were?
That happened this past Monday when podcast host Jonathan Frederick (Heart Healthy Hustle) posted an opportunity on Instagram. He interviewed Spartan race founder, Joe De Sena and a challenge was issued. Anyone who wants to complete the Trifecta in 2020 (Sprint, Super and Beast) has one week from the airing (11/4) to email Joe and Jonathan to sign up and all three entry fees will be covered by Joe himself!
When Jonathan posted about it, I congratulated him on the partnership and was content to leave it at that. But then, he replied “you in?”
Once I got a few more details about the time (can complete all three at any point in 2020), something in me told myself not to shut it down despite many things:
I don’t have a trainer.
I have never run an obstacle course before.
I am at least 80 lbs overweight.
I never thought of myself as an athlete.
I don’t know if I can find anyone to do it with me.
I have never liked weightlifting.
I can’t do a pull up.
So despite all of those things, I picked up the phone and scheduled a session with a trainer. Despite all of those things, I showed up.
The trainer put all my fears to rest. Even after completing my inbody assessment, she seemed more delighted by my muscle mass and deadlifting than discouraged by weight. She wasn’t discouraged at all.
When all was said and done, I start tomorrow. Training 4 times a week, finally incorporating stretching and continuing to track my food and pound my water. Even though 75hard has a phase that comes after this, running these races feels like what comes after for me. It set me up to believe this was a possibility for me.
Possibility is hope. Possibility is leading me to believe I can mold myself into a true athlete, a competitor and someone I might not soon recognize- a Spartan.