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. […]

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 […]

Dear Wounded OCR Warrior…

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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 […]

The Secret Guide to Becoming a Spartan Badass: An Interview with Faux Joe De Sena

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The following is a guest post by an entity called¬†Faux Joe De Sena: an intoxicated, sadistic, and unstable fragment of Spartan Race founder Joe De Sena’s subconscious. I conjured Faux Joe using an Ouija board forged out of molten finisher’s medals and the letter/number combinations from Spartan Race memory challenges. And now, here’s Faux Joe: […]

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

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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 […]