2 Coast residents prepare for competition

2 Coast residents prepare for competition
Li-Peng Chew gets ready to lift a tire to prepare for SISU, an extreme endurance challenge in California. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Li-Peng Chew gets ready to lift a tire to prepare for SISU, an extreme endurance challenge in California. (Photo source: WLOX News)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Two Coast residents are headed one of the most extreme endurance competitions in the country.

Janice Marie Ferguson is one of the more well-known faces of endurance competition on the Coast. Though the SISU challenge in California got the best of her in 2015, she's going back for more.

"I'd never not finished something before, and I knew something like this would give me the opportunity to push myself to another level," Ferguson said.

Although she didn't finish, it gave the competitor something she didn't have.

"It's a very emotional thing when you can't finish when you really wanted to finish," Ferguson added. "I learned that experience is probably the number one factor to finishing."

Participants go through a 30-hour, military-like boot camp and are asked to do physical and mental challenges, such as carrying around a 30-pound sack while running up and down mountain trails; all while reciting lyrics from a Pantera song.

Organizers spend the entire year preparing the punishment.

"You get to be around people who express, or who are searching for, their own 'why,'" Ferguson said. "Why do you these things that you do? Why do you do anything that you do?"

Ferguson's friend Li-Peng Chew will be joining her for the challenge.

"The first time she told me about it I thought, 'Oh, Janice, you are crazy. Really crazy,'" said Chew.

But Chew is already in a challenge before the challenge. While preparing for SISU, she's also preparing to become board certified in orthodontics.

The competition is not until April 30, but both have already begun daily one-hour workouts.

"I think it's a really neat parallel to life in general, and just the trials you go through in life and how they come unexpectedly," Chew said.

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