Maybe it’s the fact that I live in the great Concrete Jungle. Maybe it’s that, for years, I attended and then worked at a very rustic summer camp where hiking, swimming, canoeing, and getting dirty in the woods were part of the deal. Maybe it’s that, like many out there, I live for the thrill of mud (or stairs), lifting heavy objects, and burpees for fun. Whatever it is, I was hooked after my very first Spartan Race, the Citi Field Sprint in 2015. I had intended just to do the one race on the insistence of friends. I’m an actor who started in personal training as my support job—quickly learning to love it—so Spartan Racing was not exactly the focus. By the end of 2015, I had completed the Tri-State Sprint in Tuxedo, the Virginia Super in Wintergreen, and the Fenway Sprint in addition to that first Sprint. My friends also thought I was crazy. The next year I was determined to plan things out better and complete a Trifecta. I managed Citi Field and the Virginia Super again and then the Hawaii Beast to do so. I also ran Fenway two times, the second time being the culmination on my SGX Coaching certification. Now my friends were certain I was crazy, but I had managed to recruit several into the Spartan Family regardless.
This year the goal is another Trifecta at the very least, and if possible, a second one to get that cool, slightly larger 2x medal. Because who DOESN’T come for the medals? Even as a fitness professional and a Spartan Coach, I’m still in awe of everyone out there who can achieve those multiple Trifectas. For me just getting to one can be a challenge. Which is why I am still shocked that by June 3rd, I will have finished my first Trifecta for 2017: Tri-State NJ Beast, Citi Field, and Virginia Super. Two of those races will be courses I’ve never tackled (Virginia is in a new location this year). Other potential races on the horizon include my go-tos, Tri-State Sprint in Tuxedo and Fenway, and if the stars align, the Hawaii Beast, the West Point Sprint, and some TBD Super to give me that 2x medal.
I hope you enjoy the journey that follows. I know I will. AROO!