I had the privilege of meeting Alexander Nicholas when he offered to guide me on my first Spartan Race. I had not done any “working out” since high school but had focused on running. He took me along the course making me do everything by myself, for my self with him right next to me. As I was about ready to try some thing I hadn’t done in over a decade and some I hadn’t done at all, he gave me some pointers. When I failed he did the “burpee” punishment right next to me. He was enough of an inspirational guide that I somehow both wanted to and knew I could be better, enough so to where I did the exact same course the next day and only missed on obstacle on a “sprint course.”
It’s been a little over two years since then and I’m in the best shape of my life, having gotten the fastest times in every distance from the mile (breaking a five minute one each year since) and the marathon (qualifying for Boston). However, I’ve also gotten through a Spartan beast failing only one obstacle for the first time ever. I’d always liked running for the simplicity but now even when I can’t make the gym I’ve set up a few things at home like a pull up bar or a sand bag or a tire flip to work on some of the basic skills like burpees, pushups, sit ups. I believe I’m in the best shape of my life, improving things I’d always been good at and gotten good at things I’d never imagined from our paths crossing and him improving mine.