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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]