Chris Davis in Vermont

Chris Davis in Vermont

My Journey to Sparta, The Chris Davis Project:  Part 3

by Jason Jaksetic and Chris Davis

 Last week we began to see how training at Spartan HQ was beginning to affect Chris Davis both mentally and physically.  This week we see the stress of training begin to take it’s toll even more.

There will always be bad days.  Sometimes the bad days roll into bad weeks.  And sometimes we can bounce right back.  Does Chris Davis have what it takes to lose so much weight and meet his goals of participating in the Vermont Ultra Beast?  Time will tell, we suppose. 


Last night was a bad night for me.  I had started out the night doing my normal evening Kung Fu lessons, and things were going great.  I had completed several sets of stretches and I was working on my kicks when my right hip gave out. It felt like someone a had ripped my leg out of my socket.

I slowly made my way over to the wall and tried to some pressure back on it and that seemed to be ok.  So I tried to walk on it, and I started out limping badly, but the more I walked the better it felt.  So I kept walking on it for about 5 minutes. That was when Joe arrived back from the Indiana Spartan Race. He had me do some more stretches and then sit ups using the rope, and we called it a night.

I felt so disappointed in myself after my Kung Fu session. We have been working so hard to push my body without hurting it, and the one night I try to go through my work out without supervision I mess my hip up. Now the good thing at this point is that it looks like I just over exerted one of the new muscles that I have started to use. At this point I do not think I did and real damage, I just need to take it easy on it for a bit and slowing continue to build up strength in these new muscles.

This morning I woke up with a very sore back.  I think it is because I changed rooms last night at the lodge and the new bed… well it’s a little harder that I am used to.  OK, a lot harder that I am use to.  But I am sure that after a few nights of sleeping on it one of two things will happen:  my body will adjust to the new bed, or I will not be able to stand up.  It will be fun to see what happens!

This morning workout went good, my hip was a little stiff, but for the most part it did what I asked it to do without complaining too much.  Nothing like yesterday, which is a very good thing.  That helps me to believe that whatever I hurt yesterday is just temporary and should not set me back in the long run. So today is a good today.

Here is a video recap of Chris Davis’s first week in Pittsfield: CLICK HERE

continue to The Chris Davis Project:  Part 4…

read part 2 of the Chris Davis project…



8 Responses

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    Very shiny shirt!

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    Glad you did not hurt yourself. Stay strong and safe.

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    Part of changing so much is paying attention to the body…but Joe’s pushing that I’m sure.

    You’re doing great! Keep it up. Soon, you might find a harder mattress is better, keeps the joints in the right places during the night.

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    Just keep in mind this “injury” completely normal. I find new aches and pains in places almost everyday, especially my hips because they are the basis of your core (all those kicks, pushes, pancake carries/throws) are all initiated by your hips. Just keep warming up properly and loosening them during the day.
    OK enough of the pity party. Now just go out and KICK ASS.
    I once got a fortune cookie that said, “Go forward with confidence, even if you have no right to”.

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    Glad you’re alright. I know this is an intense program, but you don’t want to hurt yourself by pushing too hard.

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    Good to hear your not too hurt. I’ve been in your shoes, and from when I heard about spartan race started working out. at the start I was 240 pounds and had asthma, in the matter of a few months my breathing got better and I felt like a million bucks.
    Something that helped me get through the injury is the phrase “Pain is weakness leaving the body”
    Keep up the good work man!

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    That is ok Chris, just take it a little easy and dont go overboard. Youa re doing a fantastic job!!! So proud of you!

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    This Spartan race training is new to me. I needed to get out of my comfort zone. Thanks for being willing to share your ongoing journey. It keeps me going. I read this quote somewhere, ” Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.” – Napoleon Hill. I keep in my mind and heart that all the ups and downs are worth it.

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