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 […]

Dear Tony: From Enemy to Friend at BattleFrog Charlotte 2016

BattleFrog 2016

  Dear Tony, Hey. You mentioned not having social media when I introduced myself at the end of the BattleFrog Charlotte race, so you likely won’t see this, but our interaction left a mark, and so I thought I’d leave a note here for you–in gratitude–in case you stumble this way. My story begins nearly […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]