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 […]

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

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  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 […]

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 […]

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 Tips to Make the Most of Your OCR Race

As a grand, mad experiment, Obstacle Course Racing is hardly uniform–at least superficially– across venues. Whether you’re throwing spears at a Spartan Race, racing for charity at a local event, roughing the course with the SEALs at BattleFrog, or just here for the beer and party with Warrior Dash, each venue contributes its own racing […]