Dear Wounded OCR Warrior…

dear wounded ocr warrior

It’s been too long since I saw you last, OCR warrior. I remember you running, climbing, lifting logs and dragging stones, all with the grin of a savage, wild spirit. But we’ve missed you from the field and the fray. Come home, OCR warrior. You were an artist, a mad magician, creating potions of torture […]

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

why average out of shape people should stop obstacle racing

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 […]

On Breaking Things: How to Transform Injury into Victory

Transform Injury into Victory

The 2015 Ft. Bragg Spartan Sprint was an experience which yielded fantastic results. I took 1st overall in the open heat, my wife grew in confidence and athleticism, I met some great fellow Spartans while volunteering… I also broke my freaking big toe and effectively ended the rest of the season. First, I destroyed my […]

Why I Race: Facing the Ft. Bragg Spartan Sprint for my Dad

Facing the Ft. Bragg Sprint

When I was a kid I only wanted to be one thing: an Army Ranger, just like my dad. My father was a badass”All American” in every way. The son of a U.S. Airforce mechanic and a fiery lasse from Sussex, England, he was a veritable polymath: a high school star football, math whiz, and […]

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

10 things to do the day before a spartan battlefrog tough mudder rugged maniac warrior dash race

  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 […]

How to Enjoy Obstacle Course Racing without Going Broke

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Obstacle Course Racing is the fastest growing sport for many reasons: OCR reignites our primal instincts, satisfies a sense of adventure, espouses camaraderie, encourages fitness lifestyles, provides better Monday morning water cooler stories than your co-workers, and has one of the lowest cost-to-entry threshold of any sport. All of these make OCR great, however that […]

5 Reasons You Must Succeed in Obstacle Course Racing

5 reasons

“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 My Wife Ruined the 2015 Asheville Spartan Super

Man do I look like a ray of sunshine! The Asheville Spartan Super was supposed to be my race, my first Spartan race. Because I belong to a family though, sometimes things don’t always go according to plan. Background My wife Heather and I made the 4 1/2 drive to Asheville, NC and volunteered as […]