A few years ago my brother signed several of us up for our first obstacle course race. At that point I’d never heard of the Savage Race, and barely knew anything about obstacle course races, but in addition to writing, designing and making things, I like to workout and run, so we gave it a try.
The first year we took it easy, basically walking the whole course and completing most of the obstacles. Even though we weren’t competitive, we had such a great time that we kept going back vowing, to get better. This year was our 5th year participating, and though most of us didn’t prepare like we’d wanted to, we all did well and more importantly, we had a blast.
Next year, like every year, I plan on being better prepared. Unlike years past, though, I should have more time to do so. My previous job responsibilities and household projects really limited my free time in the past but freelancing allows me greater control of my schedule. I’ve also completed most of the large projects around the house, so I am quite optimistic about my ability to prepare. I will be taking this week off from training to recover as much as possible (and to take a short vacation with my wife to celebrate our 22nd anniversary) but then I plan on jumping right back into a workout / running routine.
Being 40 years old, I am pretty realistic about my training goals, and I can guarantee I won’t be gracing the cover of any fitness magazines, but I will get healthier, a little more fit, and if all goes well, I will be finishing the Savage Race next year in under 2 hours.