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Road to Spartan: Part 1

Why Spartan?

My average week begins with a Sunday night or early Monday morning flight to all corners of the globe. My job keeps me on the road a lot and as of writing this on September 15, 2018, I’m at 104 flights for 170k miles in the air. While on the road, I’m working long hours with a poor diet. Admittedly my week often doesn’t leave time of the most consistent workout schedule and I’m lucky to hit the gym twice during any given week. The Sunday to Thursday sprint allows me to get back to Sacramento to pick up my daughter from school.

I’ll just stand there in her classroom until she notices me. The look on her face, the run across the room and jump into my arms where we both usually cry is always the highpoint of my week. From there, it’s a nonstop struggle in balancing the challenges of being a single father to a four-year-old girl and trying to stay on top of my workload. Most nights, I’m lucky if I sleep 3-4 hours, often falling asleep at my computer after putting my daughter to bed. With that schedule, training is virtually impossible.

It goes without saying that I have never been a “look before you leap” kind of guy. And ignoring a few mishaps along the way, that philosophy has served me well. So, when the opportunity to compete in a Spartan Beast came up, I said what the hell, let’s do it.

The incredible Callie Bundy, who inspired me to do this after competing in the Killington Beast last year, agreed to be my partner. Which begs the question, what the hell was she thinking?

From the time we decided to compete, we had roughly 5 weeks to train. And if that wasn’t challenge enough, we decided to turn the race into a competition between the boys over at Barbell Shrugged. Prize yet undetermined.

If you’re not familiar with the Spartan Beast, let me sum up. 30+ obstacles over 12+ miles in Tahoe where elevations reach 9000 feet and temperatures can be in the 40’s.

Spartan is more than a race, it’s a way of life

I wanted to share this from the Spartan website: OUR MISSION: RIP 100 MILLION PEOPLE OFF THE COUCH

Spartan is more than a race; it’s a way of life. We believe that you can’t have a strong body without a strong mind, that you can’t grow without pressure, that obstacles help shift our frame of reference and make us more resilient. We believe that signing up for a race holds us accountable and keeps us motivated to train harder and eat healthier. With more than 200 events in over 30 countries, there’s no excuse not to take the first step.

 

It’s funny, I speak all the time about this concept of getting off the couch and embracing all that life has to offer. I lecture about how people need to push past their limits to find out what they are truly made of. I talk about diet and supplementation and workout programs and social circles in my 4 pillars to health and wellness. I use these as the foundation for a better life. And in signing up for this race, I realize that, like so many people in the health and wellness industry, I have failed to accomplish the objectives we should be striving for. I have failed in solving the equation.

D+E+S+S=X

Where D is diet, E is exercise, S is supplementation and S is social and or spiritual. When we improve these 4 Pillars, there is a tangible benefit to our health and wellness. But we still haven’t solved for the X.

I tell people to follow a diet or workout plan. I extoll the virtues of some new dietary supplement or health app with the goal of helping people get healthier. And then what? Now that you’re healthier, probably happier in some capacity, what do you do? Go back to the couch and watch reruns of the Bachelor?

My weekly podcast interviews are designed to inspire people to do exactly what Spartan is accomplishing.

And so, it’s time to put my money where my mouth is. I’m doing a Spartan Beast. I invite you to follow along on my multi-part series as Callie and I train and eventually conquer the Lake Tahoe Beast on September 29, 2018.

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