Obstacle Racing a Form of Privilege? Why That’s Good

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The conversation on privilege throws the word around like profanity, as if those in the privileged ranks by birth and circumstance are somehow infected with a social form of original sin. The privileged are led to feel guilt, but not offered a solution. Now, some might ague, that list of elitism includes the Obstacle Course […]

Why I’m Voting Obstacle Racing for President 2016

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The 2016 presidential election seems to have driven these United States into a political frenzy. More than any time in recent history, the nation is irreparably split between the two most visible candidates: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. In fact, the dividing lines are so deep and voting blocs so entrenched, that there seems to […]

Why I’m Using the “Murph” WOD for 30 Days

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Being the son of a United States special forces veteran means a great deal, however the implications go far beyond the social media memes and tag lines. Among other aspects, it meant: 1) Learning how to be proud and terrified simultaneously 2) Understanding that nuance matters, such as me untying his boots after deployment implied […]

Losing Pride: The Battle of True Mudd: May 2016

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In the world of Obstacle Racing, every event is a battle. Some fight to overcome addiction. Some fight to improve our health. Some fight to inspire others. Some fight to celebrate milestones. Some fight because the battle itself is a proof of life, a validation of our struggle and effort. And for others, it’s pride. […]

Dear Tony: From Enemy to Friend at BattleFrog Charlotte 2016

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  Dear Tony, Hey. You mentioned not having social media when I introduced myself at the end of the BattleFrog Charlotte race, so you likely won’t see this, but our interaction left a mark, and so I thought I’d leave a note here for you–in gratitude–in case you stumble this way. My story begins nearly […]

Three Ways Elite Heat Destroys Obstacle Racing

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The transition was inevitable, I’m told. A friend and fellow OCR enthusiast often reminds me, “I saw it in your eyes the first time we met: A passion, the fire of an athlete.” I may joke a lot, post goofy images, write funny posts, but I do love obstacle racing, which is why what I […]

Don’t Let Body Image Ruin Obstacle Racing

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Every Wednesday and Friday afternoon I teach an obstacle course and endurance class for kids in my daughter’s local gymnastics facility. While teaching recently, something tragic occurred which lodged itself in my feelings place like a splinter and, well, here it is: “Coach, I have a question.” “Come on [kid’s name], we’ll never finish the warm-up […]

How I Will Defeat Ryan Atkins in 2016

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It’s cute reading everyone’s New Year’s resolutions. “I’m getting in shape!” “I’m training for a marathon!” “I beat cancer, so I’m going for my Spartan trifecta!” Nice try, mortals, but folks have done this before and the masses deserve a better class of epic, um…ness. It was Saturday, January 2, 2016 just two days into […]

You Became Slower, Got Fat, and Lost Faith. 6 Ways to Begin…Again

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I just completed an 8.95 mile run (.05 miles left? I didn’t know until the cool down…), and you may be thinking, that’s awesome man, keep it up. Except that was not the goal, and I’ll likely pay for it in the morning, especially because I haven’t gone that far in nearly 3 months. But […]

Obstacle Racers Make the Best Couples: To My Wife on Our Anniversary

  Today marks the 11th wedding anniversary with my wife, Heather, and I couldn’t feel more thrilled, thankful, and blessed. Considering that according to an article in The Economist the average American marriage lasts around eight years, we have plenty to celebrate. Looking back, we may be new to the world of OCR, but we have […]