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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

8 Hard OCR Lessons Learned in 2015

8 Hard OCR Lessons Learned from 2015

1) Take Injury and Recovery Seriously If fitness is a journey, training schedule is like pressing the gas. Like driving, sometimes we get carried away; we get caught in the moment or the scenery and forget the speed limits along the way. Injury then, becomes a malfunction in the system due to overuse or improper […]

Why Average, Out of Shape People Should Stop Obstacle Racing

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In a society suffocating from the Saran wrap of political correctness, I’m sure the title of this post hurt some feelings. Well folks, the truth often hurts, and I’d rather be whipped by the truth than tickled with a lie.¬†   Stop that, dammit! This is serious. Obstacle course racing is the fastest growing sport […]

Pick Your Poison: Specialization and How the OCR World Championship Just Changed the Game

Pick your poison specialization and how the OCR World Championship just changed everything

As a sport and culture still in its youth, OCR remains a mad evolutionary experiment with wild variation, mass extinctions, and even an early Precambrian-style period which led to its popularity. Now, Mother Mud is at it again, this time with the OCR World Championship as the proverbial meteorite. From OCR World Championship committee: “In […]

10 Things to do the Day Before a Spartan Race (or BattleFrog Series, Tough Mudder, Rugged Maniac, Warrior Dash, etc.)

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  The day before an obstacle race can be nerve-wracking. All the preparation, the anxiety, how does one cope? No worries!¬†There are a few standard practices which go a long way in making your next gritty event smooth and joyful, and also some individual and unorthodox methods to prepare for event day. Below are a […]

5 Reasons You Must Succeed in Obstacle Course Racing

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“Must?” That’s powerful language. Our culture doesn’t respond well to absolutes and social imperatives, however since OCR is God’s favorite sport and his greatest gift to humanity since spiced rum and Southern fried chicken, it behooves us to maximize our potential in the sport. Here are a few reasons why. 1) We Need More Heroes […]

How to Remain OCR Fit on a Cruise Ship

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  It’s no secret that my wife has a cruise addiction, specifically with Carnival Cruise Lines. Her mission is to reach “diamond” status as a cruiser (200+ days sailed), which I suppose is the OCR equivalent of achieving a few Spartan Race trifectas or taking the most laps during a BattleFrog Series BFX. Unfortunately, while […]