By: Rick Bosley (Ricky Booby) (#51)
What was your first OCR?
Indiana Spartan Sprint
What is your next OCR?
Miami Spartan Super
Tell us more about yourself, Rick.
I’ll make this as quick as I can so we can get all sorts of info into this newsletter. Things you may (or may not) know about me: I was raised in Maryland and am currently 31 years old. I really only spent 2 years in the Midwest, and before that I had never traveled west of Ohio except for Navy Boot Camp. Speaking of the Navy, I spent 9.5 years in as a nuclear plant operator and mechanic, four of which were spent on a submarine; I wouldn’t take a day of it back if I could. I have four children, two boys and two girls. One of which has been at almost every race I’ve participated in, and has run four Jr. Spartans herself. I currently live in Pennsylvania with my (official) fiancée, Maribel, who is also Corn Fed…
What got you into OCR in the first place?
Well, I was sitting at our morning meeting at work in Illinois when I had a flutter in my chest. It wasn’t uncommon, it was more like the feeling you get when your “heart skips a beat”. For me though, this flutter didn’t go away no matter how much I wanted it to. I held my breath, tried to increase my heart rate, tried to calm down and slow it further, nothing worked. I then went to our site nurse and explained my situation. It wasn’t long before I found myself in a hospital ER. (No, I didn’t pass out or ride in an ambulance). They tried chemicals to slow my heart into a normal rhythm and even that didn’t work; final option – general anesthesia and a defibrillator. That worked! After that, I knew something had to change. That was the last straw. I had talked about getting “off the couch” for far too long. This will be the only time I say it, but thank goodness that my daughter is as active as she is, or I may still be deciding on when to start and what to do. I had a close personal friend that had done a Spartan or two, couple that with my inquisitive nature, and there you have it. I had a goal, someone to talk to about the races, and I had somebody interested in training with me! I was set! In 2012 I completed seven Spartan Races and earned my Trifecta. I couldn’t have done it without you, without the team, and for some of you, you were there every step of the way. Out of those seven races, there was only one that I didn’t have the Corn Fed family with me (not counting my family of course), and it was by far the worst one I participated in -‐ you do the math! 2013 is already shaping up to be a great year (looking at about nine races so far), and I look forward to seeing you all again in April at the Spartan Race Indiana – back to where it all started!!! That is, if I don’t see any of you in Miami in February…
Next time you see Rick on the obstacle course be sure to say hi! We would like to thank Rick for his time and for sharing a little piece of his story with the rest of us. Keep up the amazing work, Rick! We’ll see you again soon at the next race!