Immediately after completing the grueling 14.5 mile Spartan Beast last month I was feeling pretty good about myself, and my comrades in the race. It was only less than 2 hours ago I was running down and climbing up mountains and defeating obstacles as they arose. I pushed through the event, even if it meant coming home with a few battle scars. As I sat on a couch with my leg propped on a table, medal around my neck and consuming as many carbs as I could find, an email came through on my phone. I open it up because it was from Spartan Head Quarters of course. I expected to find postings of our finishing time but instead what laid in that email was a story that would make my completing the Spartan Beast that day look like a joke!
The email was a cover story and blog posting of and by a man named Chris Davis. About, 2 years ago Chris Davis weighed an astonishing 696 lbs! He could barely move and quickly ran out of breath when he moved only a couple of feet. Chris Davis had learned about the Spartan Race and decided he wanted to lose weight so that he could some day participate in the event. After getting gastric bypass surgery and losing weight on his own, the folks at Spartan Race hooked up with him and provided motivational fitness trainers for Chris. By April 2012 Chris was down to 390 lbs and participating in his first Spartan Race the Spartan Sprint in Georgia. The Spartan Sprint which usually takes 1-2 hours to complete took Chris over 3 hours to do so. But, he didn't give up and finished the race! He even had to be helped into his car by Spartan staff afterward.
Chris began blogging about his Journey on his own Spartan Blog site. Chris' Spartan Blog
He blogs about his journey from the land of the living dead to becoming an active warrior amongst the Spartan Community. He speaks of his pain during training sessions at Spartan Head Quarters, experiences and challenges the arise on his journey. His ultimate goal, was to complete the Spartan Ultra Beast which was being held at the same time and place as my Spartan Beast. The big difference however is that the Spartan Ultra Beast consisted of double my course, that's right just about 30 miles as participants had to do the course twice! So, back to the email. I begin to read and realize that Chris is at my event but decided not to do the Ultra Beast but completed his first ever Spartan Beast at just under 200lbs!
Chris continues to lose weight, battle set backs and complete Spartan races year round, earning himself the Spartan Tri-fecta medal of completing all 3 Spartan races, the Spartan Sprint, Super Spartan and Spartan Beast. He even has his own face book page journaling his every day struggle to complete an Ultra beast and lose weight. He is meeting new people everyday and encouraging thousands more that would have never had a chance to do so had he not decided to stop being a victim of his own doing and starting becoming a warrior! Chris is a human just like you. The only difference is he set a goal for himself, came up with a plan for achieving that goal with the help of a strong support system and would not let anything stop him. When adversity arises he uses it as a motivational tool and learns from the set backs. You too can do achieve anything that you are passionate about. With passion and a plan becomes a reality! I encourage you to look further into Chris' story and current status. He is great proof of what determination and goal setting is all about. Check out a video of Chris Journey below!
Passion is Life!
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