My name is Amie Meyer. I am a Columbia resident and graduate of USC, but also a local extreme endurance and OCR athlete undertaking a great challenge this year by way of the Spartan/Peak Death Races (www.youmaydie.com). I will be participating in the following events, considered to be some of the hardest events in the world. My goal is to complete all four of these challenges, and to place amongst the top women.
I currently own a fitness business, AIM Fitness & Nutrition, in Irmo, SC and partner in a venture called Renegade Athletics. Formerly, I was a middle school German and Science teacher, as well as a coach (track & field, cross country) for Timmerman private school. Aside from being a wife and the mother of two elementary age children, my passion lies in the area of fitness, health, and of course pushing myself to the limits in races. I have been competing in OCR (obstacle course racing) for several years, and I find it to be a great way to challenge the entire body while having a great time. I have done Spartans, Tough Mudders, and various other OCR. I use these as training, to know where I stand among other athletes, and also to help others. In addition I entered the world of ultra marathons in the past several months as a way to train for the endurance I would need in the upcoming death races.
It was not my intention to participate the Winter Death Race this year. In fact, I had only planned to do Summer DR. There is something about Andy Weinberg saying you should check it out that takes away all common sense, but who needs common sense anyway. Perhaps this is how we keep getting in trouble with our significant others, our inability to tell Weinberg no. In retrospect, I will say this was one of the best decisions I have made in quite a long time, either that or I have gone completely off the deep end, which is a distinct possibility.