She trained. She ran. She conquered.
Our Colleagues are pretty amazing and that can shine through in a variety of ways. We have Colleagues who perform, Colleagues who write, Colleagues who play, and everything in between.
Our Colleague Ivette let her awesome shine through this summer with a perfect Spartan Trifecta. She battled her way through 3 OCR races, that last of which was this September. For those of you wondering what an OCR is, it’s an obstacle course race and the Spartan series is a particularly tough brand of OCR’s.
Her 8:29:47 finish of the Spartan Beast, a 16+ mile race featuring 30+ obstacles, and the last of the 3-race series, set a personal record and made her a 3-time (consecutive) Spartan Trifecta finisher!
The Beast was set mountainside in Vermont, with competitors racing up and down the mountain, carrying logs, buckets filled with rocks, and completing obstacles like a wall climb and crossing a river.
Some of the water stations for the race didn’t arrive in time and left runners without the refill stations they were expecting, leading to the worst part of the race. “I felt so dehydrated then,” said Ivette, noting it was particularly tough running up the mountain, with little water, with the very heavy buckets filled with rocks and sand.
Her favorite obstacles included the monkey bars, walking across a balance beam, and crossing the river. “It just felt so good,” she said of the icy water.
This race was the final race of the the series, which began in June with the 8-mile and 25+ obstacle Spartan Super. Just a month later, in July, she ran the 5.8-mile and 20+ obstacle Spartan Sprint.
After that final race, which the Spartan website describes as “our most difficult of the three. The Beast will test not only your endurance, perseverance and grit, but also your mind,” Ivette said she is done. As a three time Spartan Trifecta finisher, she is happy with what shes’s accomplished.
She added, however, “If a couple of my American Training Colleagues do it, I’ll do it again. I’d do it with them. We could represent ATI.”
The challenge is out there ATI! Time to lace up and hit the pavement, we’ve got a few races to start training for!
“It’s exciting. I feel accomplished,” Ivette said, “AROO!“
Congratulations, Ivette! We’re rooting for you all the way!
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