The count down is over, Rebel Race is here. I am totally intimidated and totally under-trained! For the readers that aren’t sure what I’m talking about, Rebel Race is a mud-endurance-obstacle race. It’s a little like a mini-Tough Mudder. Tough Mudder is on my 40 before 40 list and I have never officially taken steps to cross it off that list. Registering for Rebel Race was my first official step towards my Tough Mudder goal.
My business partner Nancy and I signed up in January with lofty goals of serious training for the race. Our follow through was not so strong. I have been trail running and hiking 3 days a week with Stella, but I have not been strength training and this is what makes me nervous! As yogis, we develop upper body strength through chatturanga and arm balances. For me personally, these postures are neither my strongest nor my favorite. Not to mention the fact that I am teaching 6 less classes than I usually do and my personal practice has declined since I started “training” for Rebel Race!
Rebel Race consists of 15 obstacles spread out over a 5K (or a 15K depending on which you register for). The obstacles I am most nervous about are the Gamble with Gravity (a 180 degree rope wall climb) and The Great Wall of Rebel Race. Both involve some serious upper body strength. My upper body strength is not what it should be.
Finishing Rebel Race is going to be a rude awakening to all the training that I must do to run the Mudder. And there’s no backing out of the Mudder as my crazy friend Tracy already signed me up for the NJ race in October (to ensure that I wouldn’t back out!). The only viable excuse I could ever come up with is pregnancy. Maybe the Hubs will knock me up between now and October!
Have you ever attempted something you were totally scared of?