Alex Roudayna is an emerging international obstacle racing star.
Alex Roudayna, 24, has made the podium at all of her Spartan races in Mexico. But Roudayna, who lives in Mexico City and whose friends call her “Chikorita de Lego,” (also her Facebook name) proved she could beat even the strongest fields when she made the podium at a race in Texas, and also won the Spartan Beast. The latter, which took place June 28 in Utah, is the longest of the three Spartan races at more than 13 miles. That field included Rose Wetzel-Sinnett, one of the top U.S.-based racers.
Competitor caught up with Roudayna and talked about how she got her start in the sport, her training, and more.
How did you get into obstacle racing?
Some friends heard about an OCR race in Mexico and got us in. I had to walk most of it cause Moitz Lego (her fiancé) was really sick and couldn’t breathe, but I liked the concept. I started investigating about it and bam, Spartan Race came to Mexico, and as soon as it got an elite heat I was hooked. Yep, I am a competitive person.
What is your athletic background?
Always did sports. Back in Belize I played tennis and did karate, but I was like really young around 2 or 4 years old. Once I came to Mexico I did Tae Kwon Do, rowing, soccer and now running and obstacle-course racing. I also used to skate for a while. I was more of a vert skater than a street skater, as I had no problem flying on huge ramps, but had a huge problem with hitting the concrete.
What is your training schedule?
The miles depend. I do one or two long runs a week, along with a speed workout, some easy runs, with four days of strength training and some bonus fun workouts as a price you pay along the way. It depends on the next upcoming race, and if it is a main race or a training race. If it is an important race, I will modify my runs and strength sessions, if not I won’t change a thing and just go with the flow in the race.
Do you have a full-time job?
No, I study online and try to dedicate myself to training to get a chance to become a pro someday.
What events do you do? Are you a Spartan pro team member? What events do you prefer (both brands and the length)?
We don’t have a “pro team” in Mexico. I prefer long distances. While I am racing, it always crosses my mind that I should love shorter distances, but when I do shorter distances I feel I didn’t run enough. I’ve only done Spartan races so far.
How do you recover from the sport and the racing?
From the sport? Well, I believe I need the exercise to remain sane, so I don’t feel like I need a break from it. However, my mind does need a break from racing (especially if it isn’t a great race), and my body needs days to replenish itself. So I do hate rest days, but I try to do something fun that I normally don’t do on training days. And I try to wake up late, but my body is used to waking up early, so I will enjoy a movie or something without pressure to get up early. And to recover from racing, I will take weeks off from racing and just refocus all over again.
How often do you race?
It depends. Important races I will only do one each month, but between training races and important races I could do four weeks straight and then take a break from racing for a week or two.
How often do you come to the U.S. to race since you live in Mexico City? What is the OCR scene like there?
We don’t have as much competition as you have in the States. We have like four or five awesome athletes (that includes men and women), but most of the Spartan Race participants in Mexico do it more for fun.
Apparently I just go with the flow, and if I find a cheap flight I will show up.
I am obsessive-compulsive on my training and everything else in life, so race day is just a day to be free in every aspect.s