This weekend I entered a fitness challenge at the Convention Center downtown. It was completely different than my fitness competitions but I figured I had nothing to lose. There was a series of six events. Each one was timed and you received points based on how you finished.
Lesson #1 – Looks can be deceiving. After looking at the other competitors, I just KNEW I could win the overall. The first event was pull-ups for 60 seconds. I busted out 8 of them real quick, then my body would no longer pull. The judge said “27 more second!” What? I struggled to get one more out. The lady that went after me, she was in her 40s, busted out 13 pull-ups. I was brought back to reality as I started the competition in second place.
Lesson #2 – We all have bad days. I won the next two events (60 seconds of pushups and then box jumps). The 4th event was sprinting with 3 weighted balls. As a former sprinter, I knew this would be my shining moment! I took off with full force, picked up the first ball and watched it roll out of my hands. This set me back several seconds and I actually ended up forth in that event.
Lesson #3 – Support systems are super. While waiting for the last event, the obstacle course, my friends Shannon and Renee (and Renee’s son KB) came out to be my cheerleaders. It was a wonderful feeling to have people on your side letting you know they are proud of all you are trying to accomplish.
Lesson #4 – Sometimes close doesn’t get it. The obstacle course consisted of things like tire flipping, carrying 20 pounds of sand in each hand and jumping over/under hurdles. At the end of my run, I was told I received a 3 second penalty because my tire did not flip completely over the white line.
Lesson #5 – Despite adversities, you can still come out a winner. At the end of the day, I didn’t know how I finished. There were winners for each age group and then the overall. I won my age group, and also the overall! With it came a huge trophy, $200 in prizes, $300 in cash and the title “KY’s Fittest Female”. The title and all of the accolades are great. But as I reflected on the day, I also realized that regardless of the pitfalls that get us down or the barriers that hold us back, we can all still be successful!
M.Y. January 2010