Wow! The X Warrior Challenge was a blast. Truth be told, I was quite intimidated by the thought of such an intense physical challenge and it took me the 10 months since I agreed to participate to get *mostly* comfortable with the idea. Check out my original post on the X Warrior Challenge here: http://www.fatproject.ca/2016/01/29/are-you-up-for-a-challenge-please-join-me/
I am so honoured that more than 20 people joined me in the challenge – supporting me and challenging themselves. I am so lucky to have such amazing supporters with me during my journey and I hope that I have or can help them in some way during whatever journey they take. That is what this is all about.
RoadWest Pictures joined me on the race course too! Joel and Evan were amazing. Joel ran the race outfitted with a helmet cam; they put a body cam on me and Evan followed us with the full video camera…for all 6k, 21 obstacles and just over 2 hours I took to complete the challenge. I’m sure the footage is amazing and I’ll look forward to sharing it at a later date. I was also filmed by the race’s film crew. Amusingly, we had a very meta moment with Evan filming me and the film crew, me filming the film crew and the film crew filming me.
I found the race very challenging and I wasn’t surprised to discover that I could not complete many of the obstacles as they were intended. In lieu of completing the obstacles, penalties like burpees and mountain climbers were doled out. I modified both the burpees and mountain climbers so that I could do them. Let me tell you, I sure could feel my muscles for a few days after the race.
My favourite obstacle was an army crawl under 40 feet of barbed wire. Why? I modified my XWarrior Compression sleeves to serve as skis and propelled myself forward like a luge. Apparently innovation makes me happy. I also enjoyed the rope climb at the end of the race where the team boosted me up nearly 20 feet. Go Teamwork.
I am very proud to have finished the X Warrior Challenge. From the start of this I wanted to compete against myself – to challenge my mindset around exercise and to complete the challenge to the best of my physical ability. I feel confident that I met my goals last weekend on the race course. I am so grateful that so many people supported me along the way, including my cousin Stephanie who traveled all the way from Salmon Arm to participate. One final shout out to Darcy Charlifoux, the man who dreamed up X Warrior and worked tirelessly to make it happen. Thank you Darcy for bringing me on board to be an ambassador for your inaugural event. You challenged me and my perspective on what my body is capable of. You’ve helped me to believe in my physicality and I am excited to see how far I can push myself over the next few years.
Some videos that highlight the experience: