As a top ranked collegiate wrester, Levi Jones is no stranger to dedication, hard work and excellence in performance. In the spirit of commitment, this brand new dad from Boise left the corporate world behind – giving up shirts and ties for sweat, mud and trail shoes. He now battles against the best OCR elites, checking off goals in an upward road to excellence.
Obstacles…nothing that can’t be overcome
In the beginning…shifting perspective
I was a Division One Wrestler at Boise State University, and ranked as high as #2 in the country (graduated in 2011). After college, I joined the ranks of the corporate world in potato sales. However, after three and a half years, the opportunity for my dream job arose. Deciding to sacrifice money for a dream, I took a substantial pay cut and began coaching division one wrestling at Boise State – there was nothing I wanted to do more than help college wrestlers win national titles, most importantly at my alma mater.
However, that dream was cut way too short. Just one year into one of the best years the team had seen in a long while, the president dropped our program from the school to add baseball and competitive video gaming. A huge, very supportive community and myself were crushed to say the least. As a result, I had to shift perspectives, make adjustments, and eventually started my own business writing and training young athletes.
No stranger to hard work or pain…
A Serious New Beginning
My first year actually racing OCR and taking it serious is this year, 2018. I dabbled in OCR a couple years back, but never took it serious because I have been devoting my time primarily to training wrestlers and not concentrating on my own training. With the move away from the collegiate wrestling program, I have decided to see if I still have what it takes to train and compete myself. In my opinion, OCR is the perfect platform given my background, athleticism and attitude.
I’m brand new to OCR, but my best race thus far is my first race of 2018 – the spartan SoCal Super and Sprint. Racing elite, I placed 9th in the Super on Saturday and 5th in the Sprint on Sunday. It was great to be able to gauge where I stand and how much better I need to get. There is always more to work to be done, and without a doubt I must be faster to compete with the top ranked elites.
The Why’s and What’s Ahead
I race because I enjoy three things – one is the primal, nitty, gritty feeling you get when you go into the so called “pain cave”. Second, I have an obsession with testing my limits, and seeing how far I can push myself. Lastly, I feel truly blessed at 30 years of age to still be able to have a platform I can compete on and hopefully inspire others to do the same.
I’m looking forward to achieving or getting as close to my goals for 2018 as possible. Specifically, I will win a Spartan Race by February 10th 2018, I will accomplish 5 podium finishes within 15 races in 2018, I will pick up at least one pro sponsor before the Tahoe World Championships, I will build my OCR social media following and business opportunities, I will daily allow OCR racing and training to make me a better Father and Husband!