SAN BENITO — When San Benito Police Department Detective Benisse Gomez, 30, sets her mind on something, she strives toward achieving it.
“When there’s a will, there’s a way and I find that way,” Benisse said. “There are no barriers for me regardless of my age or gender.”
Benisse recently added another triumph to her list of goals.
She completed the Bonefrog Navy SEAL Obstacle Course Race in Austin, which consists of a six-mile long course with more than 30 obstacles, and finished with a time of two hours and 15 minutes.
From participating in marathons to Bonefrog Challenges, Benisse says she has the discipline and passion for what she does.
She answered a few questions recently for the Valley Morning Star.
VMS: How did it feel when you completed the Bonefrog Challenge?
BENISSE: I was very happy and accomplished. I felt like all of the work that I had put in had finally paid off. When the medal was handed to me, I couldn’t believe it. It took me a moment to actually believe that I was done because I was just so overwhelmed and happy that I had accomplished what I had set my mind to.
VMS: What sparked your motivation to compete in the Bonefrog Challenge?
BENISSE: One of my coaches from CrossFit got me into this. He felt like it was going to be very easy for me and said it was a good experience. He believed I had the potential to take on the challenge.
VMS: Is this the first time you competed?
BENISSE: I did my first Bonefrog in 2017. Actually, there’s a story behind that. So, I signed up for a 5K, which is three miles. It should have been a very easy course, or so I thought. During the race, I took a wrong turn and I accidently ended up doing six miles. It took the best of me and was a challenge both emotionally and physically. I was fatigued, tired and felt like it broke me. So, I told myself next time I’m going to sign up for the six mile and I’m going to complete it. Last year, I had a sprain and a fracture on my ankle. So, I was not able to do anything and that just set me back so much. I worked out for months and it just made me want it more because I was not able to work out or do anything. When I recuperated from my injury, I came back training 10 times harder and signed up for the Bonefrog again. It was difficult and tough, but it did not break me. I aced it.
VMS: Can you tell me about your journey toward this athletic lifestyle?
BENISSE: I was very athletic growing up in high school. I participated in soccer and cross county. At one point in my life, it was difficult to stay on task. I became a mom and stopped exercising. In this field, it’s very essential to be in tip-top shape because we’re out there combating criminals and sometimes things go sour so we have to defend our life pretty much. That’s when I had a moment and realized I needed to get in shape.
VMS: Can you describe the kind of impact fitness training has had in your life?
BENISSE: I’ve stuck with my training for two years now and it’s changed my life drastically, but it didn’t happen overnight. I’ve been putting in the work. My daily routine begins with a 5 a.m. CrossFit workout. There are times when I’m tired and I feel like quitting, but there’s a purpose and there’s a reason why I keep doing it. I want to set a good example for my son. I want him to look up to me and one day say that he’s proud of me. To this day, he says he wants to become a police officer like me.
VMS: Is there anything else you would like to say that I haven’t asked you?
BENISSE: I just want people to know that it’s important to stand up, be brave and strive to get the goals that they desire. There are no boundaries.