I have taken from AR is who I am. Women get a sense of their selves from doing
an AR--An emotional summit. Find that self-love. Finding that appreciation for
who I am and what I can offer to other people.
things I've learned I will carry with me for the rest of my life not only in AR
but a lot of skills and techniques are applicable to areas of life outside of
AR--Teamwork and the organizational skills and the preparedness.
I think AR has always captured
my attention. It kind of gets my blood pumping. Someone told me once that you
should find something you are passionate about and go after it 110%. For some
reason I really took that to heart.
takes your life to a whole other level. It's an obsession. It gives you the confidence
to achieve your goals. If you have finished your goal of finishing such a tough
task, going for 24 hours or two days in an AR for example, you feel like a lot
of your other things you have to achieve become a lot easier. You can obtain your
goals easier. Everything seems easy compared to an AR in a nutshell.
Simply, it challenges you
mentally and physically.
thing I bring back is that anything is possible. Before I started AR, I never
thought I would be able to come out and do the things I do: Race for 24 hours.
Cover 90 miles. So I take back that almost anything is possible. Next to meeting
my wife and having three beautiful children, AR is probably the third most special
thing that I do. You just can't challenge yourself in this kind of environment
do it? Some people say that we're "nuts." I get that all the time. It
has to do with pushing yourself--Just wanting to compete. Today, I learned I could
be miserable and still have that mental ability to push through things and still
accomplished what I wanted to do.
Teamwork aspect is what really drew me to the sport and what I still find attractive
about it. It's the biggest challenge in the sport because you never know from
team to team and race to race how your team dynamics will come into play except
that it affects your team wholly. 98% of your success or failure within a race
is dependent on your teamwork-whether it goes well or bad, How you deal with situations
that come up because in every race something that crops up. But that's also the
challenging fun part of the sport because if you do have really good teamwork
and it's really strong, you can be super competitive and do really well.
The reason I AR is because
of the competitive team effort. It's always something new. It's always something
different and how you deal with those challenges, how you deal with them personally
and also as a team is always just very challenging. No two races, even if it's
the same course and the same sponsor, are going to be the same race.