This month, we have OCR Queen – Colleen Augustin!
I first met this lil power nugget face to face at the start line of the Compressport Combo Challenge 2016 trail race at Mardi Maeps (you can read about it here). I knew who she was but until that time, we had not officially met. We exchanged a few words and I instantly got that bubbly-hyper vibe from her. She’s a BALL OF ENERGY!
Back then, she ran a few road races and some trail runs here and there. Now, this 19 year old is taking over the OCR scene with her latest 2nd place win at the Spartan Super 2017 in Malaysia!
She’s super supportive of others, REAL and a true inspiration!
Recent achievements at the APAC Championship Series:
1st Leg – Hong Kong (3rd)
2nd Leg – Taiwan (5th)
3rd Leg – Korea (3rd)
4th Leg – Malaysia (2nd)
Finals – Perth
1. How did you get into OCR?
I got into OCR because of my mother and brother. They went over to Brisbane, Australia for a Spartan race back in 2014. During that time, I was playing basketball with my team. I was curious what it was since I’ve seen my mom do Reebok One Challenge before. So, I asked my dad since he was ex-military, and he explained it to me. When my mom and brother came back, I saw the photos and they told me what they did. It intrigued me even more.
When the next OCR event came about in Malaysia, I went! It was the Viper Challenge (21km). It was my first ever obstacle race, it was gruelling but I finished it and immediately got hooked.
2. How long have you been doing it?
I believe it would be about 2.5 years since I started OCR. I started in late 2015 in November, I was 16 then.
3. Are you part of any OCR community/group?
I like to mingle with other Spartans from around the world and from everywhere. But there are a few names that come to mind like OCR Junkies (KL), Lion City Spartans (Singapore), Warrior (Penang), and a Philippines group that I can’t quite remember the name. I am not single-ing them out, these are just names I remember that I’m quite actively close with. They have been very warm and friendly every time I visit.
4. Your profession (school/uni/work):
I currently work with OBC Malaysia as a bootcamp instructor. I would probably start my first year of university next year (due to my parent’s wishes hahahaha *coughs*).
Right now, I focus on training.
5. How do you juggle work/study and OCR?
I have a very supportive community at work and at home. I also learn how to manage my time more wisely and get my priorities right.
6. Do you have a training schedule? What is it like?
I do, but it changes at times. Roughly, I train from Monday to Friday about 2-3 times a day with 1-2 rest days a week. On weekends, I usually put in a hike/run/bootcamp session to just stay alive (with exception where I will just jog or swim).
7. Who do you usually train with?
Who is very hard to say, as I train in classes/sessions. Outside of that, I train alone by myself or with my trainer. It sounds sad for some, but I prefer training alone so that I can focus on myself and my weaknesses.
8. What keeps you motivated?
That is a tough one. The love of the sport, and constantly wanting to improve and challenge myself.
9. Which was the most memorable race event and why?
My most memorable race event was the recent Spartan Super 2017 in Malaysia, which happens to be the 4th leg of the APAC Championship Series before the finals in Perth.
I was crying tears of joy when I finished the race despite coming in 2nd place. Why? It was the people. When I was finishing the last cluster of obstacles and burpees, I just kept pushing myself remembering what my brother and my parents said to me during the race. That kept me pushing hard! I also heard the people at the race. Spartans going into their starting pens, shouting: “Go Colleen!” “Malaysia Boleh!”! These were people that I’ve never met before. I was so touched I started crying when I crossed the finish line.
When I started this APAC Championships Series, I knew I had my family, coaches, OBCFamily and MonarchyFamily supporting me at every step. Little did I know that I had made an impact on other Spartans in Malaysia as well.
In the moment, as I crossed the finish line, I saw Quek and Mike. They were giving me such big smiles! I felt so proud that I made them smile like that. It was because of them that I had this blessed opportunity to do this – improve myself and make a difference/appear in the OCR scene on a larger scale. My competitor, Angelique, gave me a hug when she saw me which I returned to her and Jade Ross.
Even while being interviewed, I started crying tears of joy again!
10. Any advice for someone who is wanting to get into OCR?
As I tell anyone, just do it!
Start small if you are scared, go for a shorter distance 5-6km long. You never know how hooked you would become until you cross that finish line. I highly encourage it. Go with a friend if you’re worried.
Sometimes in life, you have to get out of your comfort zone and JUST DO IT!
11. Your inspiration: My family, coaches, competitors and teammates!
I hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I did. And maybe, a lil spark of inspiration to start your first OCR?
Thanks so much for your time, Colleen! Keep it up and make Malaysia proud! All the best! <3
Follow her OCR journey on her FB page