I jumped in on a Spartan Sprint the other week while Pull Up Mate was exhibiting. I’m 7 weeks out from a show (a fitness/physique competition), and I shouldn’t normally do that. However, I have been getting a bit bored of just weights and cardio recently. I feel like I should be able to make my cardio fun and active and be physically fit – and be able to jump in things like this – rather than just be cosmetically fit. So, I went for it, didn’t get injured, and did pretty well in the end – I was chuffed. I’m so glad I did it!
The Spartan Sprint is 5k with 20 obstacles along the way. My time was 36.55 minutes. I came 5th out of 25 for my age group in open. And I came 18th overall in male, out of 386. The obstacles were a breeze, but cardio let me down. I’d love to do another one with some proper training.
Moral of the story is that you can never fully prepare for anything. A lot of the time it’s all in our heads (I need to be ready, I need to prepare, I’m focused on something else, etc). You can give yourself excuses, or you can just do it! What’s the worst that can happen? Next time you’re faced with an opportunity to do something new and exciting, be aware of your reactions, and if you find yourself making excuses – throw them aside and just do it!