Lately, @thesouthsideninjas have been working on 2 things 1) how to race through obstacles fast and 2) how to complete difficult obstacles slow without fatigue.
Last weekend was my first @ninjachallengeleague comp of the season. I showed up to hopefully gain a qualifying spot for the finals. This is not a picture of the podium. I didn’t make the top 3. This is however, a picture of the finals qualifiers. Here’s how I did it:
Before the comp, we were informed there’d be 3 male qualifiers. I was lucky enough to draw a late run on this occasion. The feel amongst competitors was that there’d be a lot of finishers and we were going to have to go fast. I was fine with this as I’d been doing some training to go fast.
The runs started and @camers_ninja91 was first runner. He blitzed through the course to finish in what would eventually be the furtherest, fastest run of the day. That set the standard and competitors then started to try go fast. One after another, I watched fellow competitors begin to gas out and fall short of a finish.
I was the third last male to run. At the beginning of my run only Cammers and @mattfilippi had completed the course. There were only 2 men left to run after me. One was @mr.consistent.ninja who was likely to finish, but was already qualified for the NCL finals and the other was a first timer. I realised that just completing the course would most likely see me qualify for the NCL finals. I didn’t even have to go fast, so I didn’t. I decided to NOT go for a comp win and potentially fail, but TO nab that final qualifying spot.
I went with my no fatigue approach. The course was slightly easier than what I’d been training, so I was quietly confident of getting the finish. I took my time. I took my rests. I tested the tramp (something I maybe should’ve done in a certain run last November 🤦🏽♂️😂). I finished the course minutes slower than the other 2 finishers. I was now sitting in 3rd with 2 runners left. As predicted, Tom finished the course, but was already qualified and the first timer fell short. I ended up in 4th place, but more importantly, I qualified for the NCL finals. But I don’t usually do the smart things, so don’t get used to it.