Overcoming obstacles


With every challenge encountered, there is the opportunity for growth.

Down and dirty

Crawling in the mud under barbed wire. Scaling a 30-foot-high cargo-net wall. Flipping tractor tires in the rain. Pulling a sled of boulders uphill. Jumping through fire… That’s my kind of fun. While I have come to enjoy various sports, obstacle course racing remains a favourite.

With the Spartan Race returning to Mont- Tremblant, it was the perfect opportunity to add some obstacles to my training calendar. It’s not about the mud (although I love getting dirty). It’s about the challenge. It is about looking at an immovable object – and figuring out a way to get past/through/under/over it.

Mind over matter

My friend William Leroy is a podium-topping obstacle course champion. Young, lithe, and strong as an ox, he relishes conquering every obstacle course he takes on. But it is not just his strength and skill set I admire. It is his indomitable will. His mindset. On or off the obstacle course, William’s mantra echoes strong: “When you hit a wall, just climb it.” Excellence is not a skill; it is an attitude.

Challenge your limits

I have found that obstacle course racing is a lot like life. There will always be impediments along the way. You don’t know what’s coming next. You will have to think on your feet; make some hard choices. And… you’re going to get dirty.

Conquering an obstacle course race creates a new frame of reference. When you cross the finish line, you will know you can do hard things. There is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.

Get outside your comfort zone this summer. Enter an obstacle course race. Or create your own backyard event and invite the neighbours to join you. It’s a challenge you won’t regret. Aroo!


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Cathy Bergman


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Cathy Bergman est devenue athlète de façon inopinée à un âge relativement avancé. Elle nous montre qu’il n'est jamais trop tard pour retrouver la santé et la forme. Cathy Bergman is an accidental athlete who found health and fitness late in life. She shows us that is never too late to get healthy and fit.


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