We kicked it off with a very inspiring talk by the first All Woman Singaporean Team to summit Mt. Everest. Five ladies who had little to zero experience in mountaineering, had by chance and opportunity, come together to prepare, train, and fund the massive undertaking of conquering Mt. Everest. It took them a period of five years, and the big take away for me was that as women we are Strong Alone, and Unstoppable Together.
We also had a quick workshop on photography basics and social media (how to hashtag, I kid you not). No lessons on taking selfies though! :p I think this bunch of girls are all highly-skilled on that front.
And later after our workshops, we were presented with a set of lockers, and we used the key pendants to open them up. So cool to see each locker personalized with pics from our instagram accounts, and with Nike kicks and apparel perfectly sized for each of us to change into for our first workout. And we also received personal notes from a mysterious "P." I wonder who had the tedious task of scrolling through 20 instagram accounts and picking out the perfect pics to print! Definitely a highly experienced social media stalker :P
As the lone pro athlete in the group, I was pretty confident I would smash all the workouts and physical challenges thrown at us. But Day 2 definitely had me second-guessing myself. The morning grind was composed of another run speed session with Ann Qi Hi, followed by a very intense circuit of Nike Training Club (series of functional exercises and sprints) with Nike Global Master trainer, Marie Purvis, who flew all the way from Portland to join us.
It was my first time to do an NTC session, and to have it conducted by Marie was pretty awesome. Marie basically made NTC and helped develop the N+ TC app! You can do the sessions at home, too! Download the app here.
I am a big fan of doing functional strength and core work - it is a definite must for all individuals. And as an athlete, it's a much more fun alternative (with the same benefits) to the usual strength/core sessions that I do at the gym or at home.
I knew we would be safe with our harnesses on, but I didn't realize that I still had a strong fear of falling (and possibly failing???). A lot of the sections were also very physically challenging, having to manoeuvre through rope and moving planks, especially given we had already trained hard early in the morning.
All the time I was thinking, there are girls ahead of us who have done it. And there will be more girls behind us who will do it, too. You can't NOT jump. JUST DO IT.
Finally got some chill time! Stretches, a bit of yoga, and a lot of grunting and moaning on the foam roller was on the menu for the morning of day 3. I was so surprised at how sore and tight I was! I really think I was the most sore out of all of us, haha. Been a bit lazy with my strength work of late, I suppose. ;) Or I may have been a tad too tense on that obstacle course! ;) In the afternoon, we prepared to meet the mysterious P!
At The Halia in the lush Singapore Botanic Gardens, we had a quick workshop on making delicious raw and healthy meals and snacks, including chocolate desserts! And then the big reveal came!!! P is Petra Kvitkova, 2x WImbledon Champion, who just casually strolled in to join us for lunch! It was definitely inspiring to hear a little bit about Petra's day to day in the life of an elite athlete, and how she has achieved so much success in her career.
The biggest surprise came when we were asked to open our lockers for the final time.
The Nike Women Project was a challenge for me to dream bigger and face my fears head on! Thank you Nike for an experience that I will never forget, and thank you to all the beautiful women that shared it with me. I am better for it.