With only four months to go before the championship decider rolls around to the glorious and never-ending mountains of Killington, Vermont, Spartan Race looked at the elite standings and what met our eyes made for very interesting reading.
Although leading the pack by 40 points, April Dee is well aware of who is behind her and whilst not throwing nervous glances over her shoulder, she’s certainly not resting on her laurels.
Hailing out of Chicago, Illinois but now residing in Peyton, Colorado, April is best known for her aggressive attitude on the courses and her background in the military has enabled her to focus and harness that aggression into a formidable tool for crushing courses, regardless if they are a Sprint, Super or Beast. With numerous podium finishes – many of which being wins – we ask who can match her ferocity. With names like Amelia Boone, Tyann Clark, KK Paul, Laura Messner, Rose Wetzell-Sinnett, Karlee Whipple and numerous others all having the ability to not just take advantage of a slip or mistake, but to take a lead and hold on to it, the competition is fierce.
Name: April Dee
Pro Team member since: 2013 season
Height: 5’3” Weight: 128 lbs
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Current: Peyton, CO
College: Troy State University
Points placing finish- #3 Overall & #2 Female in 2013 .
Best strength: Hills, Strengths Obstacles in Sandbag, Atlas Carry, Tire flips
1) What is your background? Cross country, Track & Field, Military. I just started racing in local races and I was hooked.
2) What does Spartan mean to you personally? Psychologically it reminds of the friendship & camaraderie that I had in the military and the feeling of competition that I had in the military really transitioned into OCR. Spartan Race really provided me with the competition to push past my limits physically like I did in the military.
3) How do you prepare? It depends on the distance and the field of the race as I periodize my strengths and weaknesses around a specific event. So if it was a hilly race I would do my majority of my time training on hills.
4) What is your favorite WOD? I live in Peyton, Colorado and my biggest advantage is being able to go run in Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak. So my favorite workout consists of me doing hill repeats up and down the Incline. Using the elevation training mask is also a plus when it comes to interval workouts.
5) What is your favorite FOD? Anything Italian, I do an equal amount of my macronutrients a day that balances my Protein, Carb, and Fat ratio. The body needs these to be equal so the body can perform at its absolute best. Spartan also offers the FOD so I definitely pick and choose from there.
6) Advice for newbies going forward that have no idea where or how to start. Always start out slow & look for your comfort level. In Spartan Race the first race you want to start out with is a Sprint. So train your body to be able to run at least 3-10 miles a week and then work on your weaknesses and work on your strengths when it comes to lifting, so you can be well prepared for the obstacles in a Spartan Sprint. Once you have been able to feel comfortable, start working on running 6-10 miles once a week to prepare for a Spartan Super and or a Beast. It’s not about logging miles it is more about getting the proper time/speed on your feet that will help you get further/better.
7) Single most favorite exercise. Burpees of course!!!
8) Favorite race to date? That would be Fort Carson Military Sprint!! Where it all started and where I use to be stationed in 10th SFG (Special Forces Group).
9) If someone was on the edge about doing a Spartan Race, what would you say to them? I would tell them to stop thinking about it and go do it. If something excites you and scares you at the same time it means you should probably do it!! It will change your life and make you realize you are much more capable then you thought you were!!!
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