首次接觸斯巴達障礙賽係2018年，香港好少有咁樣既比賽，一開始只係抱住玩下既心態，但玩完公開賽後，就愛上了！比賽過程除左要過障礙，仲要有越野跑技巧。斯巴達令我有明確目標，決心要練好過障礙既技巧，要將自己變到更強！因為斯巴達我仲愛上左越野跑，令我識到一班戰友，I love Spartan! AROO
SPARTAN SINCE: 2018
My Spartan journey helped me to cope with my mental health.
My first spartan race was in November 2018, encouraged
by awesome coaches at an outdoor workout group, Urban Active. It was also a time where I was pretty down and having a tough time in my life. However, training for my first ever race was a silver lining, instead of another inconvenience to the existing chaos I was living in, it was a great way to forget my troubles and focus on the goal to do my best in the race. What I didn’t realise until later, was that training was awesome to do to destress and clear my mind to cope with the mental challenges that I was facing at the time.
Race day fast approached, and instantly I was addicted to the adrenaline, to the sportsmanship and to the feeling I had when I jumped over the fire jump for the first time.
I had a sense of accomplishment. I enjoyed it so much that I booked my next race straight away for January 2019 in the Philippines and then joined 14 more races that year.
Preparing for Spartan races gave me purpose, a way to make lasting friendships in the workout/spartan community and a growing work ethic to strive for Top 10 in these races. I was seeing both my physical appearance changing but also my mental state too, I was enjoying life much more.
What I learnt and overcame in the 2018/2019 Spartan races, allowed me to cope with the pandemic and what challenges that the pandemic caused. Even though Spartan races have been cancelled, continuing to work out, having workout buddies and using training as a self-care tool and a medium for ‘me time’ allowed me to face my stress and mental challenges easier. Without this mindset
I have now, I believe 2020 and my life now would be much harder to cope with. I really can’t wait to resume racing!
當初我只是一位業餘路跑跑手，對斯巴達這項運動是一無所知的，直至到我參加了Spartan HK 舉辦的Community Class ，一玩就如中毒咁沉迷咗斯巴達！我覺得斯巴達非常適合喜歡挑戰，又鍾意「頂硬上」同堅持嘅我。過程中又可以認識到更多同樣Hard Core嘅朋友同教練，不斷互相鞭策，3個月內就由未玩過到訓練至膽粗粗一炮過玩Super 同Hurricane Heat，兼且愛上了越野跑（仲有做Burpees做上癮）！斯巴達嘅魔力就係不斷俾到新嘅目標俾我去衝破，而且係一個好大嘅family，去到邊度，聽到就知點做： Spartans, what is your profession? AROO! AROO! AROO!
SPARTAN SINCE: 2016
Spartan Race had changed my attitude towards exercising. I always questioned myself why I do days and days of weight training over the past 15 years, ‘staying healthy’ was not a good reason strong enough to motivate myself to keep the habit, until I participated my first Spartan Race in 2016, the fire in my heart was lit up and it actually opened my world to all kinds of competitive races. Spartan Race combines the stringent requirements of speed, stamina, strength and skills, of which I was glad that this could motivate me to try exceling myself in all these aspects.
‘I just want to win, not to be the second, but be the top’.
It might be something unachievable but this mindset should be inside Spartans and athletes, which drives you further and better.
SPARTAN SINCE: 2017
COMPLETED SPARTAN RACES:
Supers (Age Group) × 5
Sprints (Open) × 3
Weekend Trifecta (Open) × 1
Virtual Trail × 1
Virtual × 1
There are two things I love:
victory in sport, and sporty people.
Spartan Racing gives me access to both.
I’ve played competitive sports. I’ve dabbled in triathlon.
I love climbing stuff.
I THOUGHT I was a well-rounded athlete.
Spartan Racing gave me an opportunity to put my money where my mouth was.
My first race wasn’t pretty.
I had to use the support trusses to negotiate the monkey bars. Forget the rings. My bucket of rocks was nowhere near full. I strained just to IMAGINE how my 140 lb (soaking wet) frame could do the Hercules Hoist with a sandbag that felt TWICE my weight.
Each race highlighted something missing from my functional fitness.
Whether it was grip strength, lats, or trail running- each Spartan Race brought me closer to becoming that well-rounded athlete I strived to be.
This is the race day material that motivates me to train.
I’m in the best shape of my life- I finally like what I see in the bathroom mirror. The best part is, this hasn’t come from monotonous hours spent in a gym just to look good shirtless. I’m proud to say it’s come from enjoyable hours training alongside the best, with fresh workouts that have helped me realize my physical and mental potential.
Spartan Racing has given me motivation to train, strong friendships and opportunities to meet a gal who would rather run than walk along the harbour.