Will Devaughn Interview
We heard you took part in the Spartan Race PH – can you describe this experience?
It was one of the most challenging and amazing experiences I’ve ever had. The journey, the course, the energy of all the Spartans was just unbelievable. I now understand why people travel from all over the world to participate. The experience as a whole is just simply incredible
We know this race as a very extreme challenge – how did you prepare for it?
I’ve been training in various obstacle course warehouses 2 months prior to the Spartan race but
I’ve been consistently training calisthenics (body weight) and Olympic ring training for a year. I can say without a doubt it helped me conquer all of the the obstacles with confidence.
What are the “must have” equipment for the race?
You’d definitely need trail shoes, a durable watch (Luminox) and rubber grip gloves are all essential.
What were the most challenging moments you were faced with during the race? And how did you overcome these challenges?
It was by far the uphill run through Foressa. Within the first 10 minutes of climbing up I was already battling with myself to keep running and pushing forward. The tough asphalt terrain made it even more difficult. I spoke to myself and said ‘this is your test of Will” over and over until giving up was not an option.
The rope climb was a challenge also because my gloves became wet from the trench obstacles. I leaped for the rope and my gloves along with me slid back down to the ground. I panicked for a second, and then realized I just had to tighten my grip as hard as I possibly can.
You may know that Luminox has made the Navy SEALS mantra – The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday – its motto for 2018. How do you personally relate to this mantra?
This mantra speaks volumes to me. We tend to sometimes get caught up in our comfort zones in life. Honestly, this race opened up a new side of me that I’ve been looking for. It’s about becoming better than we were yesterday. And we do this by growing in areas of discomfort, challenges and even pain.
Did you ever consider quitting the race?
I never considered quitting but I definitely considered taking a break by laying in a plush bed of grass for only 10 minutes. But I didn’t, I just kept on pushing, even if my legs were on fire. A run became a steady walk. I saved 10 minutes.
In such a race, what is the importance of timing?
Pacing yourself and giving yourself enough time to prepare mentally and physically for an obstacle is crucial. Too soon and you might not be able to push through due to fatigue.
But if you wait too long to recover, you might pass up important seconds in ranking.
Congratulations @willdevaughn on completing the Spartan Race PH in 1:19:56. Luminox is proud to have been your partner for this adventure and wishes more successes in the forthcoming races!