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Anna-Lee Markstedt  Mom of πŸ‘§πŸΌ (8y) & πŸ‘ΆπŸ»(4mths) πŸ’› Adventure Ninja Warrior OCR athlete sponsored by: OMPU, SATS Fivefingers & Decathlon

Shakey start to the World Championships. Litterally and metaphorically.
Story time:
I was fast yesterday. Overtook so many people on obstacles, even on these trenches, even though I'm notoriously bad at jumping.
I messed up a bit on the one obstacle I had worried about (Skitch 2.0) and lost a lot a couple of minutes before I collected myself and got it. Kept on passing people out, including girls that podiumed last year, so understood I was keeping good pace.
Got in to goal, with too much left in me - hadn't gone as fast as I should - I'm bad at pushing myself to max on short distances.
Checked results one hour later, and I was 3rd! One hour after my start all the women in my age group had started, so that result ought to be the correct one. We decided to stay for the podium, and I have to admit I was chuffed as I had Not expected that. I'm no sprinter, and I had thought the obstacles all too easy (except Skitch) for me to have any advantage.
Of course, as Always, when there is prize money involved, something happens πŸ™ˆ
Turns out one girls' results is added manually, shortly before prize ceremony.
I end up being 1(!!) second after 3rd.
#StoryOfMyLife πŸ€£πŸ˜‚
But over 300 people had to cut their bands, including 18 Elite, and my time had me down as 20th looking at All age group results, so that is far from bad really.
#OCRWC #OCRWC2018 #OCRworldchampionships

Jumping in to a weekend of OCR. And not just any OCR, but the World Championships. Haven't been since this photo was taken, 2015.
#OCRWC #OCRWC2018

Nope, I don't follow a training plan. No such thing as "leg day" or any kind of structure in my workouts.
Yes, there probably should be, but it would be at the expense of my losing interest. I'd get bored and that would be the end of all training.
So instead I do what I feel like that day. I try to find new challenges, I try to push my body's limits, see if I can go a bit higher / harder / faster / further.
But most importantly I try to have Fun.
@decathlonsweden

But first,
let me boost my World Championships confidence with an OCR podium spot πŸ˜‰πŸ†
#DisasterRun @rfol_be .
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26Β°C(!!!), sun and a BRILLIANT 10km race with several new and really fun obstacles I never saw before. Very innovative, and loads of mud, water, deer, goats and Ostriches(!), playgrounds, horse jumping menagerie, tennis courts, to mention some.
I struggled with the first obstacle which was a high wall (jumping was always a weakness of mine and it hardly got better these last 3 years that I didn't do any due to bad knees and then pregnancy) and my running sucks, but passed a lot of people on the other 39 obstacles, so I'm happy.
@decathlonsweden @ompusweden

So, this is happening in a week's time..!!
We decided it's too close to Belgium to miss. We're not in our best shape, by far, but we are going to have so much fun catching up with everyone and it'll be great practise for 2019 πŸ˜‰πŸ˜
#WorldChampsHereWeCome!
@ocrwc #OCRWC2018

Thursday evenings is another of Tierna's day to chose activities. Having said that;
Niama & I don't hate her choices. 😊
#AquaYoga #BendyBaby #PretzelSwim #SpeakNoEvil πŸ™Š

Wednesday evenings is one of Tierna's day to chose activities. Having said that;
I don't hate her choices. 😊
#Bounce @bouncesweden
@decathlonsweden

My Ninja kid 😍😍😍
#NinjaWarrior @bouncesweden @decathlonsweden

In Sweden my little family's Tuesdays is "Grown ups' activity evening", which normally means climbing or something Ninja/OCR.
And Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays are "Kids activities evenings".
(This doesn't mean we don't all join in all evenings - Tierna climbs on Tuesdays as well, and I Bounce on Wednesdays, swim on Thursdays and eat popcorn and watch movies on Fridays too! But one weekday + one of the daulys off the weekend, we do something I want). Because parents also have wishes and needs. And honestly, it's good for the kids to learn that its not ALL about them.
This has lead to Tierna being great at occupying herself every once in a while... and lately, to be an enormous help with Niama. She really is a brilliant big sis. And a good little climber too!
#FamilyTime #Tuesdays

Facebook memories reminds me about #WorldSmileDay
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Smiling:
It makes us appear more attractive to others.
It releases the feel-good neurotransmitters - dopamine, endorphins and serotonin. This not only relaxes your body, but it can alsoΒ lower your heart rate and blood pressure. The endorphins also act as a natural pain reliever
It's contagious. "Smile and the world will smile back at you".
And it's 100% free of cost.
#SmileMore
πŸ“Έ by @hanseandren
@action_run @ompusweden @decathlonsweden

Working on that momentum.
#RingsToRope #OCR #GymBaby
@sportclubheteiland

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