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My journey to becoming a Spartan 2 years 5 months ago #1

  • Mark Dunham
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My journey to becoming a Spartan has had it's many ups and downs over the last 5 years.
So what is a Spartan I hear you ask, well apart from being warriors in ages of old as depicted in the awesome movie 300, Spartan is a race and specifically obstacle racing.
Aroo! - www.spartanrace.com


So I started on this journey near the end of 2012, my Father was deteriorating from Parkinson's and other age/lifestyle related illnesses and my fitness level was the lowest it had ever been and my weight was around 100kgs, basically not good. My second daughter was born a few months earlier and with my father being ill I had a light bulb moment. a friend of mine 'Steve' also was in a similar fitness predicament and he heard about an event called Tough Mudder and Spartan Races.
I didn't end up doing the first race with Steve, however after he came back and was beaming from the experience I jumped on board and did the next Tough Mudder a few months later.
WE WERE HOOKED!!!!
Since then we've been doing as many Obstacle races as possible. Last year 2016, Steve came 1st in the open male category and I came 3rd. We were so happy with our results and looked back at some of the pictures of us before we got started.....WOW! what a difference we have made to our lives both physically and more importantly mentally.

Love to hear your experiences, please share them here or if you have any questions or tips, let me know
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My journey to becoming a Spartan 2 years 4 months ago #2

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Hey Mark ... very inspiring story.

What I'd like to know is "why" you decided to go for spartan? What was the driver and trigger that made you decide it was time to change? And what were the first few weeks of training like ... that must've been a bit of hell?

I'm about to embark on a healthy journey to get myself and my fitness back to where it once was.

Always good to have an inspirational story with insights.

Cheers

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