When I’m obstacle racing, the fuel I put in my body is just as important as the training that got me there. Whether a local event or in another state, I never like leaving my pre-race food to chance. Sure, the hotel has a buffet, the city has grocery stores, the airport has restaurants and the venue has food trucks, but it can be expensive and a bit of a gamble whether or not they will have exactly what I want. Not to mention it’s those kinds of little things that add up to big nerves on race day – or possibly even hinder performance!
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Everyone has a weakness; something that is difficult for them to beat. Whether it’s - mental or physical, there is always a way to overcome your limitations. For a long time, there were two things I considered to be my greatest physical weaknesses: swimming, and going up-hill in races or in training. For as long as I can remember, my ability to swim successfully was on the same level as a rock; I sink! Hills? Unfortunately I've always been the one to fall behind and struggle.
My involvement in Obstacle Racing began in 2011 and has evolved in just about every way - the races I run, the fuel I use, my preferred gear, and my training strategy. Related to the training, despite the occasional Atlas Carry or log drag, the vast majority of obstacles remain about getting yourself up, over, through, or in some manner around a challenge. There is a strong focus on functional movements, flexibility, and adaptability. I have yet to see a bench press on the side of a mountain.
Corinne’s opinions on trash after spending 8 hours “cleaning up” after the Monterey Spartan Beast:
Before every major event, there are several things I do to prepare my mind and body so that I am able to perform at my best. In college, I never took race preparation seriously, which may have attributed to why I was not as successful. As I grew older and my interest in racing further developed, I started to understand the benefits of having effective planning for the various events I was competing in. Over the past few years I have acquired a few odd race preparation rituals or habits that I think have worked well for me; although preparing for a race can be different for every individual, these tips are worth checking out.
You’ve been tackling mile after mile of obstacles, braving cold waters, completing tire flips and leaping over finish line fires. You’re standing triumphantly at the finish line with a medal around your neck and smile on your face.
When it comes to racing, whether it is a 5k, 10k, or an Obstacle Course Race, proper nutrition is vital to ensure optimal performance. It’s particularly important when the race is only a week away.
What a wonderful, rewarding and equally self-gratifying sport! Along my journey, I have met a myriad of people – all sharing different reasons why they decided to embrace such a vigorous and sometimes compelling sport. I’ve even had to ask myself that very question. Through it all, the sole reason that kept resurfacing was I OCR for the people - plain and simple.
The sport of Obstacle Course Racing has miraculously bucked the trend of our recent economic struggle, and has seen a meteoric rise despite the high price tag associated with a day of running around getting muddy. Going through the laundry list of items involved when doing an OCR, here are some ideas on how to save a few bucks (and maybe then do a few more!):