More than Mud is an article and interview series dedicated to documenting the incredible characters and stories that we come across in the world of OCR and outdoor adventure and endurance racing events. They range from everyday heroes to extreme athletes but all have unique and engaging stories to tell.
You have one of the most recognizable faces in OCR. Tell us about your race look. What inspired your signature pattern of war paint?
My signature war paint actually came from a photo I found online. However, there is still a difference because mine holds meaning to it. I have two arrows on my right side to represent leading myself in the right direction and the three slashes on the other eye to represent viewing things/obstacles through my third eye (Outside the box- Mind over Matter).
What is the origin of "the Messner" pose? It seems to be a budding global phenomenon. Any best of the Messner highlights for you?
The Messner Pose #StrikeAMessner started after a couple races I did the pose and the photo ended up on the Spartan Race page. My friend, Amanda Ricciardi, at the PA event referred to it as my signature pose or the Messner Pose so it just stuck. Later on, when I could not make it to some of the races, I had great friends of mine in the OCR community #StrikeAMessner for me and post the pictures on my wall so I was there "in spirit". Now it wasn't just my pose, but something everyone could do. I love seeing posts of the pose over across the water (Sweden, Germany, Czech Republic….etc). It's inspiring to me to see so many people share with me their moments by Striking a Messner when they push themselves past what is comfortable. It's about bringing the best out of people - bringing out the positive over the negative and allowing ourselves to believe that we are capable of more!
Who are you outside of OCR? What are your other passions?
Before getting involved in Obstacle Course Racing I was a singer and a freelance model. These passions are still there, but since OCR came into my life, those passions have become more of a hobby for fun instead of a full time job. In racing I found family, I found positive people who cared about me beyond just my look and talent- that alone has changed my life completely! Currently one of my passions is being an inspiration/role model to others. We have all been through a lot of things in life, but the important thing is to not allow those negative things define who we are. I like to involve myself in anyway I can with programs, seminars, etc. helping to strengthen self worth. I am also a big supporter in helping those with special needs.
Any personal goals for 2015?
For 2015 one of my goals is to relocate to California so I can train all year round for my races. This way there is no excuse not to get to the hills, tracks, fields, pools, gyms to complete the workouts that will strengthen my skills as an athlete. Another goal I am looking forward to achieving is racing outside of the US! (Got to start saving my pennies! :P) I can't wait to experience all the obstacles other countries have to offer!
What is your favorite training day or workout?
My favorite style of training is group training interval workouts. It's always beneficial when you have people to motivate you to keep you pushing outside of your comfort zone.
Are there any particular races or events on your bucket list?
Of course any race outside of the US is on my bucket list, but one which I have been SO EXCITED to try is the Hawaii Spartan Race Trifecta weekend. I saw so many amazing pictures from the event last year on all my news feeds and this year will be my year to get there! I couldn't feel any more blessed for the opportunities I have been given through OCR!