by Carrie Adams
If you hale from Sparta, NJ like UFC light-weight fighter Jim Miller, it would seem almost necessary to find your way to a Spartan Race start line. And Jim Miller is doing just that! When I asked the 28 year-old fighter who holds a 21-4-0 record why he wanted in on the Obstacle Racing scene, he said, “These types of races have always intrigued me. It sounds like a fun challenge.” Not one to shy away from a new adventure, the race is something he still admits is outside his normal. ”It will be a fun test and something that is probably going to beat me up!” And beating up Miller is no easy task. He has 12 of his wins coming by submission and three by knockout. With eight of his last ten fights resulting in a win, he’s about as tough as they come.
The location of the race also appealed to Miller. The fighter will be in his home state of New Jersey to take on the Super Spartan Race in Vernon, NJ at Mountain Creek Waterpark September 8th. Spartan courses are known for brutal hills, barbed wire, fire jumping, wall climbing, sandbag carrying… not exactly the kind of opponents Miller is used to squaring off against. So how does a UFC fighter train for a Spartan Race? ”More miles,” says Miller. “Four, five, or six miles before my normal training.”
The mileage is a good strategy given the grueling course distance of roughly eight miles in the ski slopes, not to mention the 20 or more obstacles he can expect. “The distance traveled is my biggest concern,” says Miller. ”I’ve been running a lot before workouts and it feels good.” However unknown the course and longer distance, Miller, who says that in recent years he has developed into more of a sprinter type, is still confident about his performance in the event. ”I think the all-around athleticism to be a well-rounded fighter is going to help; the ability to do physical things for an extended period of time.”
He’s also excited to interact with some of his fans. “MMA fans are doers,” says Miller. ”There aren’t many sports where fans actually go out and do what the athletes are doing. MMA fans do.” And those fans will get to see Miller take on the infamous hills of the ski slopes and imposing obstacles that Spartan is ready to serve up. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt known for his choke techniques has a few nerves. ”I know there will be hills,” he laughs. ”That’s going to hurt.”
In addition to his race, Miller, whose fight calendar is currently open is hoping for a fight by the end of the year. But the Spartan Race is giving him plenty to think about. When told about the global rankings and chip timing that Spartan Race boasts as part of our World Class level of racing he said simply, “That’s what I like to hear.”
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