Kim spent years looking after her ill son – helping him through a heart transplant and recovery – with little time to focus on herself. After sitting on the couch for months, she decided she needed a new goal. She found The Battlegrounds, signed up, and began training with a friend. Her friend dropped out, but she continued training, lost over 30 lbs, and showed up to battle on September 23rd alone. With some help along the way – she conquered The Battlegrounds course and is now training to compete in the elite wave next May!
What 3 words would your friends use to describe you?
Quiet. Nice. Driven.
What is the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome in your life?
The biggest obstacle I have overcome wasn’t mine. My son got ill when he was 13 and ended up having a heart transplant at the age of 16. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through. He is now 19 and doing well!
What does life’s better when battled mean to you?
It means not laying down and letting life kick your butt.
What’s your favorite Battlegrounds obstacle?
My favorite obstacle had to be the Torpedo Launcher – it was a blast! However, the walls were my biggest challenge and I got the most satisfaction after completing them.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I was in a job I hated. I left it and sat on the couch for months. I was trying to figure something out and I needed a goal. I had seen the obstacle races on television and they kept sticking in my head. I did some googling and found a race about 14 weeks away – that was the goal!
About a week into training I found a new job. Initially a friend was going to do it with me. She stuck with me for about three weeks, but then I was on my own. I trained by myself with tips I found on the internet.
Race day came I went alone. I was nervous and unsure, but it was an awesome atmosphere. The start of the race went well, but when I got to the first wall I had no idea how I was going to get over it. Then these amazing people dressed as animals were there, coaching me on what to do and pulling me over the top. It was awe inspiring. I jogged on, but caught myself welling up and I had to take a moment to let it settle in. They saw me at the next obstacle, coached me through it, and then invited me to join them. They were active military and incredible people. They cheered me on and never let me give up.
I accomplished so much more than obstacles that day. I am grateful for The Battlegrounds and the amazing experience I had. I have a lot to work on, but can’t wait to battle again!