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Saturday, June 24, 2017

American Ninja Warrior Spectator Viewing 6/20/2017

I've been a fan with ANW for a while now.

From Left to right: Jessie Graff, Meagan Martin, Me, Maggie Thorne.
These women are really bad ass!
I don't have a TV but I do follow the Jesise Graff highlights on facebook and it really inspired me to follow the program. Jessie is really cool and her motto is "feminine is strong".

Plus it's really entertaining to watch the Obstacle Race, I find this more entertaining than sports because women actually participate in the event. I can identify with these women, I don't identify with men who play sports and that is why I find watching sporting events very boring and stupid.

My family that went to the event with me and stayed up until 5 am.

After my adventure on Saint Patricks day this year down in Vegas for a long Spartan weekend, I have been invited back to stay with my cousin anytime. So Before I left in March we signed up for ANW tickets (free to watch) and I said I would be back for the event.

I got the notice that they will be holding the event maybe 2 weeks before- so I had to book a flight fast and figure out my client and class schedule. It worked. I got a flight out of SFO at 9 p.m. Monday night and came back Tuesday Afternoon.

we got front row seats to watch this section of the show
The event was a 2:30 a.m..... why so early you ask? Well during the day in Las Vegas in June it gets to be about 110- 115 degrees during the day. This would make it miserable to watch an event let alone participate in one in the parking lot in the middle of the desert in hell.

they made us sign waivers before we entered

When I landed at 11:30p.m. the temperature outside was 105 degrees and at 2:30 a.m the temperature was slowly declining. By the time we got into the car to leave at 5 a.m. it was down to 98 degrees.


Getting down to the Bay Area was a whole story in everything I have ever learned and taught in my yoga class put to the test for 8 hours straight. I left Monday morning from Piercy, Ca at 11:15 a.m. Before I hit the freeway I called in an order for a chicken sandwich at the Peg House which usually takes 20 minutes to half hour to get to. It took me over an hour to get there.

There is a nasty slide blocking Piercy from the world and someone has a specific job just to sit at the bottom of it and watch the slide while the workers try to fix it. It has a nose on it that can give way at any time and the fence is bowed where the rocks have come crashing down. Everyone who drives past the slide drives quickly. They said it would be 30 minute delays to get through the slide but I waited for over an hour.

This is where the first test in patience came in. I visualized my destination. I visualized an open road. I thanked the universe for this trip. I visualized myself on a plane and landing in Vegas safely. I took deep breaths and focused on the present moment. Also I chose not to freak out and to enjoy the journey of getting there, not knowing that I really had to exercise this muscle for 8 hours straight.

Once I got through the hour wait, the peg house's power went out and they needed exact change for my chicken sandwich. This was fine and I thanked the Universe for the exact change for food in my belly and for the successful trip. Then I was off! Hitting 65 mph for a few miles until there was another traffic stop that lasted another hour of slowly moving traffic right before Willits.

Again practicing everything I ever taught in yoga. Breathing, relaxation, letting go, focusing on the positive, being in the moment, enjoying my life here on earth, Visualization. Getting through I thanked the whole universe for my speedy delivery to the Bay Area.

I had some errands I had to drop off and pick up on my trip as well. My neighbor had some logs he cut for his mother that he asked me to deliver in Santa Rosa. This went smoothly and it was cool to see a part of Santa Rosa I have never seen before. My mother left some clothes at a friends house in San Rafael that she requested I pick up. These people who have watched me grow up, that I haven't seen in 15 years, enjoyed my half hour visit where we got to catch up on how everyone is grown up with kids and families and I'm here teaching yoga and working people out to better their lives. It was a nice moment.

Then to the Bay Area, through rush hour traffic and making it to my destination in San Mateo to take my mom out to dinner before she dropped me off at the airport. My flight was slightly delayed and this helped me make my flight. For some reason I decided to bring a suitcase and backpack with me when I was staying in Las Vegas for less than 24 hours... in which the airline charged me for my bag $25 each way.... lol what are you going to do??? Travel way lighter next time.

the 75 foot rope climb.
I landed in Las Vegas at 11:30p.m. My cousin picked me up and we got fast food (chicken burrito) and headed over to her house to catch up and eat before heading out to ANW at 1 a.m.

we seriously statyed until 5 a.m. when they kicked us out. I haven't stayed up in 24hours in a really long time.

If you don't know by now- SLEEP- is very important to me. I like to be tucked in bed by 10p.m. and up by 6 a.m. every morning. SLEEP had to be thrown out the window for this trip. I successfully stayed up for 24 hours and I have to thank my new supplement regimen I got from Ramona Lima to help with my slight adrenal fatigue and low cortisol levels throughout the day. Supplements rock- get your hormones tested so you can live like a rock star too!

So 1 a.m. we parked and were at ANW! our tickets stated we could enter to watch by 2:30 a.m. and we were in by 2 a.m. The waiting area was just outside the Obstacle Race and we could watch from afar.

It was really cool to see how they did all the cameras, how they set everything up and to watch the athletes warm up. For an obsessed OCR fan like myself it was really amazing and cool! This was the first event I have been to where I was the fan not the participant (but thinking maybe I will try out one of these days for cool events like this), but since I was in the bleacher seats- I decided to be the BEST fan there could be at this event- it was really easy to do!!!

I screamed and shouted and yelled support to everyone who raced that night. Especially when they wiped out- this is where I was the most supportive. It was amazing to watch LIVE people performing amazing acts of physical ability.

My heroine, Jessie Graff was there and I had the pleaser to watch her race and wipe out. Even more pleasurable was to hear her self talk when she did wipe out and what she told her friends. "It was a learning experience!" She didn't take defeat, she just learned from it. Amazing since she pretty much is the show! That is the mind of a champion.This is the self talk of a champion!

I got great pictures with some of the top women racers. I got to see the obstacles and how they were set up. And how they have a whole crew of people to wipe down the equipment when someone wipes out.

I got to see the behind the scenes. I got to be part of the crowd. I got to feel the energy. I got to be a part of history :)

I'm super inspired! Thinking about what obstacles I can build at home and how I can switch up my personal training as well as my professional training with my clients in the gym.
it was awesome!!!

I'm super grateful for my family and their support with my OCR obsession. My cousin who is 16 and out of school for summer vacation had fun snap chatting, checking out all the hot guys who participated and rating them, and looking for Pokemon to catch (none made it to ANW). I hope it inspires her to workout in the future. I also met my other cousin for the first time. So family time and OCR time mixed makes for a great night.

Came back on a flight and hit the road at 10p.m. Tuesday and got back to piercy at 2a.m. on Wednesday just in time to take a 4 hours sleep and start training again at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Confession: I want to try out for the next American Ninja Warrior. After seeing a guy jump off the first obstacle and land on the ground, I decided I want to play too!


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