In this week’s Mud Titan Spotlight I spoke with Amy Passarella, a devoted wife, and loving mother to her son Aiden. During the week she is your typical nonchalant office worker. If you were to just casually walk by Amy at her desk, pass her at the supermarket, or even see her at the gas station, you would never know she is secretly a weekend warrior. I have seen Amy show up at an event, win first place in her age group, and leave before awards because she had to go to a wedding or another family event. I should add she is extremely humble, and half the time won't even realize she had won until someone mentions it to her. Behind the scenes, she is woman who trains hard, accomplishes her goals, and is a beast at Obstacle Course Races.
(KDub - AKA Muddy Warrior Chick) - First thing is first, tell us your name, age, where you are from and what do you do when you’re not racing on weekends?
(AP – Amy Passarella) - Hello, my name is Amy Passarella, 41, born and raised in St Petersburg, Florida. I now live in Spring Hill, FL. When I’m not racing, I'm spending time with my family, and raising my 6 year old son, Aiden.
(KDub) - Tell me you a little bit about your back ground and why fitness is important to you?
(AP) - My love of fitness didn't really kick in until about 2 years ago. It was always in my life, but became a priority when age 40 was approaching. I was determined to be in the best shape of my life by age 40, and I achieved that goal.
(KDub) - What exercise do you hate the most?
(AP) - Box jumps! It is because the fear of tripping is always in my head, but I still do them.
(KDub) - Why do you enjoy Obstacle Course Racing (OCR’s)?
(AP) - OCRs really let you know where you rate yourself physically and mentally. You can see the results of your training really pay off, and you can also see where you need to work a little harder. It also gets you out of your own head and doing what you never believe you could.
(KDub) - What and where was your first OCR?
(AP) - My first OCR was Mud Endeavor, April 2013 at Hidden Creek in Zephyrhills.
(AP) - I didn't register for another until a year later and it just was for the fun of it. I wasn't taking it seriously at that point. It was just something fun to do.
(KDub) - What is your training routine to prepare for an Obstacle Course or an upcoming challenge?
(AP) - I never stop training for OCRs, even when it's not "OCR season". Half of my training consists of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) training and the other half, heavy weights. I train a minimum of 3 days a week, in addition, I run at least 5 days a week.
(KDub) - What has been your favorite obstacle?
(AP) - I love all monkey bar type obstacles which include rings and rigs. I cannot necessarily complete them all, but I love them because they are my biggest challenge and I look forward to seeing my progress each time.
(KDub) - What do you eat for breakfast on race day?
(AP) - A bowl of oatmeal with honey and lots of water.
(KDub) - What piece of clothing, equipment, or good luck charm is essential for you to wear and/or bring to a race?
(KDub) - Any advice for new comers thinking about running a race?
(AP) - Focus on each obstacle individually and not the entire race as a whole. If there is an obstacle that you really feel you can do but are worried about falling, dropping or failing, then get out of your own head and trust in your physical abilities. Also, if you are truly uncomfortable attempting an obstacle, then skip it. OCRs are meant to be enjoyable and not to be looked back on as something you survived.
(KDub) - What has been your biggest personal, and fitness related achievement?
(AP) - Placing first in my age group for several local races.
(KDub) - Who is your role model or person who inspires you the most?
(AP) - My husband is. He is the one who pushes me, trains with me, and encourages me to be the best I can. In addition, I find that people around me who are own their own fitness journey, and work hard to achieve their goals, make me want to try harder.
(KDub) - Will we see you at the next Mud Titan 7 in Plant City on April 8 2017?
(AP) - Absolutely!
(KDub) - Anything else you would like the world to know about Amy?
(AP) - I feel blessed to be a part of such a wonderful experience and around such wonderful people bettering themselves and encouraging each other to do the same.
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