New Zealand was an incredibly emotional journey for me.
I put pressure on myself before we even arrived. It’s my homeland, and I’m truly proud of it. I had to fight my emotions and voices in my head from the start to the finish of the challenge. I was exhausted from the emotional stress! I think we all were.
My secret to winning the weapons challenge was my no-lose attitude. There was no way I could lose in front of my people. I positively wanted to do not only myself but my people proud. I channeled the warrior in me to win this challenge. It wasn’t so much about strength and physical power as mental and spiritual focus. Quick, precise strikes were the way to go in this challenge.