City Challenge Virtual Race 1 & 2
At this time of the year, I would be having a blast with friends all while competing in obstacle course events such as Spartan, Tough Mudder, and City Challenge. Due to the current pandemic, I am not able to do so. However, the organization City Challenge and their team came up with a virtual challenge to keep us athletes busy and fit. I really do appreciate that during this time they chose to have their participants stay active in a healthy and cautious way.
I received an email from City Challenge in early April inviting us participants to take part in their virtual challenge. Most of it can be done in the safety of a person’s home or building. I chose to do most of it outside in my parking lot and a few of the challenges I performed in my home. It made me feel alive within a world full of chaos. I imagined myself doing these challenges in the mud with my friends and racing others around me. It kept me motivated and it kept me driven.
Obstacle Course Races are my favorite! Except burpees...burpees sucks.
I accepted all of the challenges except the bike ride because I no longer own a bike. The stair climb was the hardest; I was dripping wet, inhaling my asthma pump, and taking quick breaks. There were a lot of stairs to climb! It didn't help that I decided to wear 2lb ankle weights per leg. But as I always say, I am up for the challenge. I honestly didn't think that I was able to pull it up, but I took my time and I did not rush it.
It definitely kept me busy on top of my own quarantine workouts. I posted videos of some of the challenges that I completed. In order to qualify, we had to submit our social media handle and post videos with time stamps of how long it took to complete each challenge. Once we complete everything and submit it to City Challenge, we still earn a medal and will receive it in the medal. I am really excited for it and cannot wait to hang up my medal with my other hard-earned medals.
The Spartan Race & Rugged Maniac Challenges
Spartan and Rugged Maniac are definitely my favorite events every year, aside from Super Bowl and World Series. With these obstacle challenges, I get to participate in hard working, sweat breaking, muscle burning workouts all while running a 5K. The rush of adrenaline and the feeling of being superhero strong is simply amazing and addictive. So you can only imagine how excited I became when both organizations announced their virtual races. However, different from City Challenge, both challenges are to be done and completed on the same day and submitted so you can be ranked with participants around the world. They give you several ways to show proof of participation and completion which includes using devices and trackers such as a Fitbit or Strava as well as uploading or streaming videos. These will be submitted with the online form upon completion. It’s just such an amazing feeling to be a part of these athletic communities. It surely isn’t the same but it’s fun to see others participate and have such a great time. Hopefully this time next year, I’ll be getting all sweaty and dirty in that community on a trail of obstacles and mud.