Shout out to @warrior.game and fellow #mountaintopcrossfit fam for being in the @spartan sponsor newsletter today for the #spartanspartanburg Ultra. Check them out if you haven't already. Definitely the best way to get in a workout, have some friendly competition, or even get in a quick solo workout on the go.
When the photographer says “show me your excited face” and you don’t have one 😝 % Over the past few days I’ve been thinking about and having conversations regarding 2019 goals and plans. It IS the “off-season” for many of us after all. Anyway, I’m curious what everyone is up to. Are you working towards some new ocr/race goals in 2019 or something different? Share below!
Transformations don’t stop with the look of the body. It’s also mindset and accomplishing things you weren’t once able to do. For this #transformationtuesday check out owner and coach @_ohheylo_ 1 year transformation experience with her spartan races.... . 💥. Other than the rope climb, this was my proudest moment during my last #spartanrace . Last year I trained for the rings and then failed at the obstacle. As soon as I dropped a feeling of defeat and failure washed over me. BUT NOT THIS YEAR !! 🔔 🔔 #spartan#aroo#ocr#wins#motivation#ringring#spartanspartanburg
From @spartan South Carolina Sprint last Sunday I felt beat up from the Beast on Saturday but pushed through for my best Sprint performance This race capped off a great weekend (and year) of racing. Big things coming next year! P1 #startline - fast out of the gates P2 #sandbag - sometimes it hurts P3 #firejump P4 #multirig - lil sketchy across the pipe P5 #finishlineflex covered in Carolina clay
Set goals. Commit. Crush them. #repost @slamsauce22 ・・・ On January 1st, 2018 I made a New Years resolution: Complete a Spartan Trifecta. In August, I was fortunate enough to do just that. Although it was an amazing accomplishment, it wasn’t enough. I needed more. I decided to attempt a Double Trifecta. But that wasn’t enough either. So I pushed myself further than I ever thought I could and on November 17th, 2018 I completed a damn Ultra! As the girl who used to try and “fake sick” during gym class to get out of running a mile, 30+ miles and 68 obstacles was not something in my cards....or so I thought. I’ve never felt so proud and so challenged. I am Spartan! Set your goals. Crush them, and then keep going! • • • #spartanspartanburg#spartanwomen#spartan#spartanultra#ocr#commitment
From @spartan South Carolina Beast in Spartanburg last Saturday In addition to being my best performance so far, this race completed my second Spartan trifecta! Need to get that fancy 2x trifecta medal! Maybe I'll add an #ultra medal next year? P1 #sandbag P2 #multirig P3 worst moment of the race - #dunkwall forces you to fully submerge and the water was frigid this time! My hands got so cold that I struggled with the #slipwall afterwards and I was shivering and my teeth were chattering after I finished. Fortunately the dunk wall was right before the finish and not earlier in the race 😬 P4 #firejump P5 #trifecta medal haul
Couple shots from the SC Spartan Ultra. Interesting course layout with it feeling a bit front loaded as compared to some of the other beasts and ultras I’ve done. My upper body felt it more than in the past, but I think part of that was from the extra grip necessary when the obstacles were still covered with frost. Olympus is particular was a sheet of ice taking pretty much everything I had to not fail (May have been better to just do the burpees). Definitely consider it again for next year. #spartanspartanburg#legionofmud#scsfitfam#spartan40gogogo#spartanrace#spartanultra#spartancarolinas
Am I smiling in all these pictures because I love this sport or because I was thinking about all the post-race food I was gonna eat? Probably both. • • This was my first race as an elite and it was definitely the most fun I’ve had in a race in a while. It was cold, it was muddy, and I was pretty sure my legs were going to go numb from the *many* water crossings. However, this sport has deepened my respect for pain and I’ve found that suffering is always a choice. Being surrounded by lots of badass, inspiring women definitely didn’t hurt either. • • PS- @ whoever the course designer was, regarding the knee-deep freezing water in the first 400m of the race and the 3 barbed wire crawls: you’re a sadist but I respect you #spartanspartanburg#buckfurpees
South Carolina @spartan Sprint on Sunday after the Beast on Saturday 9th place Elite with a time of 44:25 Another clean race and my best ever placement and time! And for the first time ever, no girls beat me! Although to be fair @aerundc didn't race 😂 Thanks to @rchallen1 @aerundc @spartanlefty @viktoriyadesigns for cheering me on! And special thanks to @aerundc for driving nearly 1,000 miles to and from Spartanburg while I played on my phone and stuffed my face with Whole Foods 🤣 P1 #spear 📸@spartanlefty P2 #herchoist 📸@spartanlefty P3 coming out hot! 📸@spartanlefty P4 cuz pic post-race 📸@aerundc
Reaching for the mashed potatoes like........ . I want you to do something for ME this Thanksgiving . INDULGE YOURSELVES AND ENJOY IT . Don't worry about calories or carbs or weight or your diet. Call it carb loading or a cheat day..whatever you want . But do NOT feel guilty . I promise you that one day of eating what you want...of ANYTHING you want...can not and will not derail your progress or goals . It is impossible to gain body fat on Thanksgiving. Truly. You may see the scale change becuase of all that salt you just inhaled and all the water you're storing...but it's NOT real weight . Your body has a basal metabolic rate, so even if you eat 3500 calories, you still burn 1200-1800+ depending on your size. MORE if you worked out . See? Impossible . Lastly, if you've been restricting calories for a while now, consider this a "re-feed" day. Your body NEEDS this. Your metabolism is a fire and when it starts to fizzle out, you need to throw fuel on it so it can burn bigger and brighter and hotter for longer . Food is the fuel. This is science . So, I guess THAT'S what Thanksgiving is for ;) !!!!!!! ! I'm grateful for all of you and I want you to be happy and enjoy yourselves . Have a lovely and enjoyable, happy day tomorrow . Tell them Spartanchickie said it was ok ;) . . . . . . #spartan#spartanrace#spartanba18#spartanlongisland#spartanlaughlin#spartanspartanburg#spartansprint#spartanbeast#ocr#athlete#fitness#spartanultra#fitfam#fitspo#thanksgiving#happythanksgiving#macros#diet#health#carbs#food#instagood @spartan @spartanwomen @athlinks #spartanwomen
Serious glamour shot here 🔥 No deep thoughts about the Carolina Beast... it was fun, the weather was great and I FINALLY got Twister 💪🏻 Looking forward to my very first CrossFit comp on Saturday with @dressup_dolly and getting to work on my 2019 goals once I get the mud out of my hair 😂
When Atlas begged Zeus for mercy, he did not ask to lighten the weight of the world, he asked him to make his shoulders broader so he can carry the heavy world better. . I feel like this picture really speaks of that Greek mythology story after Zeus gave what Atlas requested. . This past weekend it was a blast... And here I was... Having fun and enjoying Sandy going uphill. . I couldn't ask for more. At that point my knee was not acting up and the camera captured the moment . Hard work always payoff!! And while some people think progress is being made overnight, the reality it is the opposite, progress is the daily grind to become better. Hitting the gym and improve what you did before so tomorrow's workout will be easier. . Remember... Always aim for progress and you will be rewarded! . . @spartan @1stphorm #spartanba18#iamspartan#iam1stphorm#onespartanburg#spartanspartanburg
South Carolina @spartan Beast 12+ miles and 32 obstacles - finished in 2:14:53 2nd fastest Open time - would have been top 10 Elite! Second ever Beast was my best race yet! A clean race - no obstacle failures! So happy to finally put it all together! #hwpo#hardworkpaysoff Before this race I was talking about not doing any more Beasts and focusing on shorter distance races next year. Forget that idea! Even though I don't run much, maybe long distance is my thing? 😂 P1 descending #slipwall P2 #spearthrow step 1: find the balance point P3 step 2: aim P4 step 3: throw! P5 #olympus P6 rang that bell! P7 sprint to the finish P8 aftermath P9 refueling #ribeye
Yesterday was my first ever Spartan Beast and the final race in my quest for my first Trifecta. I had an unofficial goal of completing the race in under four hours (my official goal was to finish injury-free). But having never run this distance before and due to the terrain and trail conditions I didn't want to push myself too hard and risk injury. So I ran my race, pushed myself where I could, helped several fellow Spartans along the way and finished in just over 4:13. . I could get down on myself for finishing in a slower time than I wanted, but the goal was to finish and I finished. All in all, I can say that the race was a success and I'm proud of how I did. And to top it off, I managed to finish in the top 30% overall and top 35% in my age group. Having never done this before, I call that a win. . #unstoppable#neverquit#spartan#spartanrace#spartancarolinas#spartanspartanburg#spartantrifecta2018#trifectatribe
Beast conquered! . Carolinas Beast is in the books and this wraps up my season and first ever Trifecta. I'll post a more in-depth recap later, but all I can say about the race is that it was a struggle both mentally and physically. It was cold at the start, the course was a muddy mess with several stream crossings through waist-deep water, and what had to have been the coldest dunk wall I've ever experienced (colder than the VA super). If you had told me before the race what I was up against I probably would have said no thanks. But without pain and adversity there is no victory. . Also a huge shoutout to my biggest fan, my wife @brkieloo who braved the cold and muddy festival area to be here to cheer me on (believe me the festival was almost as muddy as the course). Without her support this really would not have been possible. . And a special shoutout to @spartangarg for his race tips and words of wisdom prior to the race. . #unstoppable#neverquit#noexcuses#spartan#spartanrace#spartantrifecta2018#spartancarolinas#spartanspartanburg#ocr#aroo#spartanbeast#spartanburgsc#trifectatribe
The map is out for this weekend's @spartan Ultra/Beast/Sprint down in Spartanburg. I'm excited and a little nervous for this race as I have never attempted a race of this distance before (13+ miles and 32 obstacles) and a couple of the obstacles have me worried mainly because they have given me trouble in the past. I will say I am excited that the rolling mud/dunk wall is near the end and the rope climb is close to the beginning. The combination of those obstacles gave me fits at the Virginia Super as the mud made it almost impossible to get any sort of grip on the rope and I'm hoping for a better outcome this time around. . Regardless, I know I just need to go out and run my own race, not focus too much on time, stay positive, and most importantly just go out there and have fun. . #unstoppable#neverquit#noexcuses#spartan#spartanrace#spartanspartanburg#spartancarolinas#spartantrifecta2018#ocr#theprideocr