This month we feature an amazingly inspiring athlete who is driven by the challenge of conquering new adventures in fitness and life! Meet Maryse Gordon, Finance Pro in the Big Apple and OCR Athlete and Adventure Seeker in Life!
What Sports/Fitness Activities do you compete in?
Former sprinter and general fitness enthusiast, now OCR (Obstacle Course Racing Athlete)
What inspires you Maryse?
Reaching goals. I am a goal setter and I work hard to achieve them. I also take great inspiration from the other female athletes in my field. They are such diverse athletes, work extremely hard and have such a positive outlook on the sport which helps inspire others.
Is it difficult balancing the busy pace of a finance career with your fitness endeavors?
I work in the corporate world, moving from one fast paced environment (London), to another (New York). It can be very hard to manage a career with fitness endeavors, but I think the best way to achieve this and to stay motivated is to find an activity you love to do, and a great community to do it with. That way you get the benefits associated with the activity itself, as well as the fun and good relationships you build in the process. You have to stay disciplined and ensure you stick to your agenda. Setting aside 2 or 3 mornings, and 2 or 3 evenings for training and planning your day around this is important. It is also important to share your hobbies with colleagues so they know how important it is to you. People are happy to plan activities around a pattern, its similar to working around family or other commitments.
Are there ways that your athletic experience or background help equip you in the corporate world or vice versa?
Both these activities are goal focused for me. I aim to be the best version of me in my career and my fitness. For both you need determination, you need physical and mental well-being. You need to have a sense of purpose and always know you are putting your best foot forward, going in prepared and ready for the outcome knowing you put in the hard work to get to where you wanted to be.
What is your current season goal?
My season just ended, and next season I would like to get into the top 10 Elite Females for as many races as possible. It is a very stacked field at some events with the greatest of them all in competition, but placing top 10 on average throughout the year is my goal, and if I can squeeze in a podium finish at some of the bigger races I will be very happy.
What is the most significant challenge you face in achieving your goal?
Moving form a sprinter to an endurance runner. The races I compete in are between 3-5 miles, and where my training in the past has been for a race no longer than 13 seconds, I am now running for over an hour at times. Retraining my body and my mind to persevere is a challenge - there is plenty of time our there to change your mind, or battle with your thoughts of slowing down or giving up, when you sprint there isn't enough time for that to creep in. So re-programming myself for these longer distances has been hard.
"Believe you can do something big!"
~ Maryse Gordon
What is a technical aspect of your sport you are focusing on or have previously improved?
This sport is about obstacles, you are often relying on grip strength, weight bearing and endurance running to win. My grip strength has been my biggest asset, and I came into the sport with none of it, and that it is what I rely on to pass components on the field. I still do struggle under wet conditions, but this is my focal point, as well as picking up speed on the long distance running, using obstacles or running to recover my heart rate. I need to figure out which one works better for me.