12 Miles, but we can expect a solid 15.
25 or more obstacles, but we can plan on upwards of 35.
86 degree weather. Leave early, or be up against the not too friendly weather conditions. And don’t forget your hydration pack. It’s about to get real!
I never thought I would be the athlete signing up for a longer distance endurance event. The majority of my business is strength dominant, as I have been coined the “Kettlebell Ninja” and also “Ginger Powerhouse” of the kettlebell training world. My turn into the direction of Obstacle Racing came under some strange twist of events, both in my life, and also my career. The first race I ever attended was the X-Man race, running with one of the best athletes in the entire obstacle racing community. While I had no formal running training, I was able to complete the race in just about 2 hours. Shocked, my racing friend told me point blank that I should consider getting involved with the sport. my lifting style has proven to be unusually useful for obstacle racing. Who would have thought?
You may not believe it, but last year was the same year Esquire Network called me back for casting for American Ninja Warrior. While I didn’t make final cut, I DID get invited to test the course. Standing on stage in Philadelphia and also having caught the eye of a television network was as big a sign from God that perhaps, just maybe, this was a direction I truly should consider for both my career and my own physical fitness.
Obstacle Racing: for short it is abbreviated “OCR”. A sport that tests physical strength, endurance, and mental stamina. A sport that, for me, now represents discipline in my own training (there are seasons for these events, and I have 6 races this year to get to). A sport that tests every level of my strength, mental, spiritual, physical. A sport that taught me something very important at a time when my life was filled with scary situations and horrifying experiences. That lesson was simply this: the more you face your fears, think through them and move past them, the more resilient you become.
What is it that scares you? What obstacle do you see before you that is stopping you from being the strong, healthy, and happy version of you you know you can be? What ca you do TODAY to start facing your fears, think through them, and move past them? What is it that is standing in your way that you believe you can abolish if you start moving forward?
This week has been a very eye-opening week for me from start to finish, and I am leaving these questions open to you now. Answer them. And when you do, take my personal challenge as well.
Do something. . . do something every day that scares you.
I’m off to Ohio for the start of a brand new season in my life. If you haven’t done so already, please follow me on instagram at janelle_pica and on snapchat via picastrong626.
And stay tuned!
While I may not have done well with Esquire network, I have an interview lined up in the future with a competitive athlete that was part of NBC’s Spartan team Challenge. the bridge of strength and endurance has caught the eye of some of the top athletes in this unique strength and racing world. I have a feeling that life will carry me into an incredible new direction towards helping make these athletes much stronger than they once were, even the ones that were on TV.
What’s stopping you from being who you are called to be? What scares you? What can you do TODAY to move past your fears and conquer your own obstacles?
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