Another week full of freedom began – freedom of mind. I managed not to think about many things that make my life difficult. Food is one of them and during extreme temperatures out there my body works more efficiently without eating. At the end of the week, on 18th July 2015, another personal challenge was waiting for me – Spartan Race Super Donovaly, SK. It’s my fifth Spartan race and I keep tight to my principles. I ate nothing during the whole week (except drinking fresh water and coffee), trained intensely crossfit in our amazing Gym, I worked, since I am responsible for many fantastic people in our company. Entrepreneurs know exactly what I am talking about. Moreover, I travel over thousand kilometers by car each week. If someone associates zero consuming with almost no activity, supposedly to save energy, the exact opposite is true. I live active life, I have intense training program exercising CrossFit- a combination of gymnastics, weightlifting and aerobic exercises. And what is the most important, I’m healthy and I’m fine.
Extreme obstacle race, however, is a challenge for everyone. This challenge was accepted by over three thousand athletes, but probably I’m the only one who has decided to overcome race practically without food, with minimal caloric feeding and of course, without all the energy gels, supplements and the like. For me practically a common thing, but I always race with absolute respect with the goal to arrive safe and sound.
The evening before race, I hosted event at Residence Hotel Donovaly on ‘Pushing own limits’ and in the morning everything converges very quickly when I suddenly heard well known electrifying countdown of the last seconds and smoke bombs presaged start for all the eager runners. Well, what can I add? This is the real source of life energy. When external impulse leached tons of adrenaline into our veins and biochemical factory in our bodies begins to produce what is needed. Without toxins, allergens and everything what is in the food. I have more than 13 km and more than 20 obstacles ahead and of course, challenging upfront.
I went slowly with caution. I’m not a good runner, actually I perceive running as a mandatory basis for building up my physical condition. Therefore, I probably perceive such race differently than the others. Firstly, I’m testing own physical and mental strength. I observe and verify interconnection in practice. These findings are also applied later in everyday life. Slowly, I am becoming stronger and more durable. If such skills will allow me to help others in the future, I’ll be happy enough.
Extreme Race shook hand with extreme temperatures above 35 ° C and the track had only a few checkpoints with refreshments. Later, I heard many runners complained about the organizer. In the evening after the race, social network was burdened with all the complaints about water and refreshment lack. Those are the forces I mentioned above. People subscribed to attend extreme running race, being proud of it, talking about it; but when it comes to a real extreme, such as lack of water in decent heat, they are furious not to get expected comfort they’ve paid for, they curse, complain and search for offender.
Spartan Race has always evoked extreme conditions, surprises, but mostly pleasant experiences. I lacked water too, as almost none was available the time I get to one of three checkpoints. But my experiences were just the most beautiful. I adapted to the situation and I am grateful that I could ever get into such a situation and I could try whether I could have coped with such conditions. For my part, instead of swearing and complaining about the race organizer, I want to thank him for preparing and organizing race for all of us. In the last part of the race I helped the injured runner. He was from Hungary and I decided to come with him to the finish, as he was alone on the track and his girlfriend was expecting him with concerns at the finish line. At that moment, I didn’t care about my racing time. I just changed priorities. It’s amazing how such race can connect total strangers from different countries who are linked on the same track. I wish we all are able to replace anger and negative emotions with positive feelings. For ones that are permanent and will move steadily forward towards true values.
My thanks belong to all wonderful people I had the opportunity to meet at this race. Thanks to organizers for preparing the track with limited water resources. It enabled me to try new techniques of thinking. I mastered it; I feel a bit stronger now, more experienced and more durable.