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Austin FITTEST - Aicacia Young

 
Austin FITTEST - Aicacia Young
Austin FITTEST - Aicacia Young
Austin FITTEST - Aicacia Young
Austin FITTEST - Aicacia Young
 
June 29, 2013 -  Aicacia Young    
 

About 3 months ago, I signed up for the Austin FITTEST competition here in Austin, Texas. This fitness competition includes 12 different events designed to measure an overall level of fitness. It is also designed so that no single type of athlete can dominate every event. The event includes a mile run, 40-yard dash, cone agility run, interval run, broad jump, 1 minute of burpees, medicine ball toss, precision throw, pull-ups, and a grip test – followed by 2 mystery tests.

Since I suck at running and gain very little joy from the sport, I decided to start there. After hard interval training for 2 weeks, I came down with a cold, and my body demanded that I rest. I felt incredibly fatigued, weak, and groggy for about a week. Immediately following my rest days came a quick trip to the beach to meet my boyfriend’s family. It was on this trip that it finally occurred to me that I wouldn’t be competing with other people like me, who participated in a chosen sport 2-3 times a week.

I would be competing against all the personal trainers and fitness fanatics in Austin, who exercised for a living. Great life! After this realization, I decided to just have fun and not take myself so seriously. With proper time to train, I could have had a decent chance at the top 3, but given my training time, I thought it would be best to go out and have fun. It’s very easy for me to get sucked into a competition and lose sight of the fun, so I decided to embrace the competition for what it was – an opportunity for Austinites to come together and have a field day.

If nothing else, the Austin FITTEST has given me something to train for outside of climbing. Even though I wasn’t in optimum shape for most of the events, I enjoyed the variety of cross training. I ended up placing 17th out of 21 women in my age group – not stellar, but also not too bad considering the number of running events. I mostly suffered through all the running events, but did complete 10 strict pull-ups, a 7.25-ft standing broad jump, and a 22-in vertical jump. I had the 2nd highest score in my age group for pull-ups and placed in the top 10 with my broad and vertical jumps. I obviously would’ve liked to perform better, but I choose to see the results as a base measurement of my abilities without any real training. I am now very motivated to work on my sprinting and distance running abilities, so that I can improve my all-around fitness. My goal is to work hard this year so that I can win the Most Improved award in next year’s Austin FITTEST competition.

 

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