Sunday, May 15, 2011

An Unconquered Warrior!

What an adventure! Today I conquered the Warrior Dash! Camille and I traveled to the beautiful North Georgia Mountains and soaked in a little scenery on a very nice patio in Jasper, Ga (still not sure where I was but it was a nice little area) before we crashed and waited for our fellow warrior Miriam to arrive.

The next day we rose early and headed to the Dash for our 8:30 AM heat--or so we thought. We had a little snafu with the location of our hotel and the location of the Dash. Apparently Camp Blue Ridge where the Dash was is not the same thing as the Blue Ridge, Ga on the hotel website that said it was only 34 miles away. Gasp! The Dash site was actually over 90 mi away from our hotel. There was no way we were going to make our heat.

Did our trio fret? Did we get heated? NOT AT ALL! We were calm, cool, and collected. We got to the Dash shuttle bus site about an hour and half past our heat time; we were able to register and fall in with no problem. We were actually thankful for the delay; it was COLD at 8:30 AM. The Dash and the water and mud obstacles would not have been as much fun at the 8:30 temperatures.

11:00 suited us just fine!

Our first obstacle was the port-a-potties--yuck--The ING Half Marathon prepared me for this! Then off we went----through over 4 feet muddy water, through mud, over scrap metal cars, over walls, and under barbed wire, climbing walls, climbing ropes, under dark tarp covered tunnels, down a water slide, through more water and MUD, and over FIRE to the finish! There were about 12 obstacles (including the port-a-potty) over a 5K course. I can't wait to see the official photos. I hope there are some with me going through the obstacles!

I definitely appreciate being more fit than I have ever been. While we weren't able to run as much because of people congestion on the course, the obstacles could have been a real issue had I been my former less fit self. There were some that struggled, but they pushed ahead. Warrior Spirits were shining through!

Big shout outs to my tennis teammates from Women's and Mixed: Yvette, Lorraine (RunWifeyRun) and Napolean who also became Warriors today!

It was an awesome experience and not just the Dash. My Warrior companions Camille (aka Anna Mae from previous posts) and Miriam are some dynamic ladies. I really enjoyed hanging with these Fine Ladies of Fitness! Looking forward to the NEXT ADVENTURE!

Here are some shots from the weekend (pre-race day on the patio; nice and clean; on our way; and WARRIORS!)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


I am Keeping the Momentum Going! I'm Being Consistent with Eating Clean and Exercise! I'm Losing Fat and Winning! Now, I want to Live Life Unconquered!

While traveling for work, I was able to meet Sweetie at the Florida State University Stadium to climb the bleachers. I have done this once before, but this time I approached it with a whole new perspective! I had done some serious leg work the previous day, so tackling these stairs was NOT EASY! But, if this journey toward Losing Fat and Winning was easy, I wouldn't need to blog about it, right?

Anyhoo, I lunged up those stairs 8 times! That's 80 bleachers up to the top and back down. It was tough, but it felt great! It felt so great that I decided to do a few sprints up and down the field too! I read an article recently that said that doing bleachers is the most perfect exercise one can do! Strength and Cardio and talking about Endurance testing! How about that!

(What a climb, but I made it to the top! 8x! Look closely; that really is me up there!)

In front of FSU's stadium is an awesome statue of a Seminole Warrior-Unconquered. It captures the spirit of the Seminoles and the winning spirit of FSU! I love this statue. After my bleacher workout I felt just like the Seminoles-UNCONQUERED!

Next up--WARRIOR DASH this Sunday! I'm excited and nervous about it all at the same time. But, I know I will FINISH and Finish STRONG!

I am Shay Shay. I am UNCONQUERED!