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 […]

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 […]

5 Reasons to Avoid Mud Runs and OCR

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Each year millions of otherwise normal, well-adjusted humans lapse into temporary insanity and participate in a phenomenon called “mud runs” (as well as “obstacle races”). What is a mud run you ask? According to Mud Run HQ: A mud run is usually a course or trail of between 5 to 10 kilometer’s in distance with […]

One Thing We Can’t Do While Obstacle Course Training

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This wasn’t part of the plan. It’s 8 A.M. and I’m over an hour late for my workout because I’m paying the price for laxity, for weakness. In fact, the only reason I’m writing this post is because I’m passing the time while my gut settles; I don’t want to be caught out on my […]

Spartan Workout Tour: Is it Worth Your Time?

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For most of us, weekends are a precious commodity. We struggle and toil through the week, earning our daily bread and daydream about the coming relief and/or adventure awaiting us on the other side of our chosen occupation. Because of the limited time and space of a weekend, many diversions (and obligations) vie for our […]

6 Ways to Rekindle Your Exercise/Training Routine

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Exercise and OCR training has been one of my greatest passions since I discovered the sport during my weight loss journey in 2014. That being said, it’s not always sunny in the land of fitness. Sometimes… We are sore (from yesterday’s training!). We get discouraged. We lose hope (I’m not getting results fast enough). We’re […]

6 Exercise and Nutrition Truths Everyone Should Know

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  1) You Are Not the Enemy I see it all the time, in fitness memes and exercise conversation. We are thrust in front of our own image and made to be disgusted with ourselves–peer pressured into self-censoring which ostensibly motivates us toward our fitness goals. The same technique is also used in the military. […]

True Mudd: An Obstacle Course Race Review

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Before we begin, I must admit a certain degree of bias. In late July of 2014, a friend of mine invited a group of us for an experience like no other: a mud run. I’d never heard of this, but his description was intriguing, so I tagged along. The passion and obsession began. I participated […]

An OCR Athlete with an Eating Problem: 9 Ways I’m Fighting the War

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I should be celebrating. A year ago today, I saw myself in the mirror for what felt like the first time. Overweight, sluggish, without passion or vision for my health or fitness. All of that changed in a singular moment of disgust and I took the first steps in a journey of exercise and nutrition. […]

4 Lessons this OCR Athlete Learned at Gunny’s Boot Camp (CrossFit) Challenge

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Back when reading books was still in vogue, my father taught me the art of research and exploration, that magical, unexpected gems existed in the straight line between question and answer: serendipity. Serendipity paid me a visit this past weekend when my wife and I researched information about one race and discovered another event by […]