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Yeti 24 hour Challenge

The corona virus has inspired many different types of physical challenges in trying to get people going beyond their comfort zone physically and mentally.  About a moth ago Marcie and I stumbled across one that seemed very interesting to both of us.  The Yeti 24-hour challenge.  Marcie was planning to a shorter event called the Farm Park challenge which was about 4.5 miles per leg on trails which needed to be completed in under an hour and then you begin your next leg at the 60-minute mark.  Let me simplify this for you.

  • Leg # 1 is about 4.5 miles.  You must complete it in under 60 minutes.
  • Leg # 2 is a slightly different route but also about 4.5 miles.  Leg # 2 starts at the 60-minute mark.  If you finish leg # 1 in 50 minutes you get a 10-minute break.
  • Leg # 3 is the same as leg # and it begins at the 120-minute mark.
  • If you don’t complete your leg in under 60 minutes you are out of the race.

Corona Virus cancelled this race so she suggested we do the Yeti 24-hour Challenge.

The Yeti challenge goes like this.  Run or walk where ever you wished 5 miles per leg. You needed to complete 6 legs. Each leg starts 4 hours after the previous leg.  You could not start earlier or complete all the legs at once.

Leg # 2 Start – 10 pm

Our event went like this.
Leg 1 – 6 pm Leg 2 – 10 pm Leg 3 – 2 am

Leg 4 – 6 am Leg 5 – 10 am Leg 6 – 2 pm

I am thrilled to say we completed it.  Each leg was done in under an hour, which was Marcie’s goal and to our surprise our 14-year-old daughter Isabella completed it with us, including the 2 am leg.  She guided us on her bike for the entire challenge.

What motivates me or us to do something such as this is a common question and when I decide to do these challenges?  I often ask myself the same question.  Why? When I am finished, I always get the same answer to my question.  These challenges prove that we can do anything we set our mind to.  Everyone has fears inside.  I know I do.  For some it is physical, some mental, some deal with work issues or a lack of confidence to achieve something.  For me, these physical challenges come easy.  I admit that I want to do so much more in my business life and I am often afraid to take a leap.  I am working on this and hope to take myself out of my comfort zone in my professional life. It is easy to do what you are good at and have always been doing.  It is hard to try something new.  So, I hope I can draw on my last 2 physical challenges to give me the courage to get more done professionally.

I went off a little tangent there.  Back to the challenge.  The hardest part of exercise is starting for many. Once you get going it gets easier. The hardest part of each leg for me was starting.  It is not often that you do multiple workouts in one day.  Some professional athletes do, but the majority of us, myself included don’t.  Your body is not used to having a 3-hour rest and then beginning again.  Second, we need our sleep.  I slept after leg #2 from about 11:30 until about 1:40. Two hours.  After leg # 3 I slept from 3:20 until 5:40 and I slept for about an hour from 8am until 9 am totaling 5 hours.  The lack of sleep impacts performance.  This was not a race, so I was not competing hard against others or myself.  The task for me was to support my wife Marcie so she finished and reached our goals.

Post-race we felt pretty good.  No injuries, no strains, or sprains and surprisingly the next day we are not incredibly sore.  I have minor soreness in a few muscles.  The 3-hour break is very helpful to your muscles.  The human body is capable of so much more than we think.  Pick a challenge one day soon and go for it.  You will feel great afterwards, I guarantee it!

Marcie posted a great recap on Facebook here.

You can see the details of our run on Strava by clicking here.