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OCR America 2: My Most Impressive Ultra-OCR Feat

Posted by Strength & Speed on October 10, 2020 at 12:45 PM


To the outsider my list of Ultra-OCR charity events may seem like a blur and equally as hard across the board. Is the 24 hour treadmill OCR (1 mile run + 4 obstacles repeated for 24 hours) hardest due to boredom? Is the 48 hour multi-lap of Conquer The Gauntlet hardest due to length of time? Is OCR America hardest because it was 7 days long and the first major charity event I ran? Or could it be the Ultra-OCR Grand Sla...

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No Substitutions

Posted by Strength & Speed on September 15, 2020 at 10:20 PM

There is no substitution for hard work. This phrase has been repeated so many times in history, I’m not sure anyone knows who said it first. Despite the overuse, it still is a phrase that I don’t always grasp. I like to find the fastest and easiest way to get something done. There’s no sense in wasting energy. This will sometimes get me into trouble, like it did the other week when I decided to run my first alternative marathon, with absolutely no training

 

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New Death Race Book Now Available!

Posted by Strength & Speed on March 20, 2020 at 6:00 PM


There aren’t many Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) books and there are even fewer written by the athlete’s themselves that compete. So when I heard that Tony Matesi (muti-time death race participant) was writing a book called “Legend of Death Race” I was excited and had to get myself a copy.

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5th S&S Development Team Window Now Open

Posted by Strength & Speed on November 22, 2019 at 4:55 PM


Strength & Speed is opening the application window for their 5th S&S Developtment Team. Each year has brought success to our athletes with a list of different benefits that change but also expand slightly every year. In the past the team has included accomplishments such as athletes getting their first sponsors, several becoming ambassadors for ...

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Gear Review: Goodr Sunglasses

Posted by Strength & Speed on August 26, 2019 at 11:55 AM


Two years ago I had never heard of Goodr sunglasses when I came across them stocked in a local running store. A year ago I didn’t know anyone that owned them until my podcast cohost Brenna “Red Beast” Calvert started buying pairs like she had stock in the company. Well after her constantly talking about them, I finally picked up a pa...

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MudGear Shorts Review

Posted by Strength & Speed on May 7, 2019 at 2:05 PM

If you know Obstacle Course Racing (OCR), then you know MudGear. The brand with the best known, best performing and most stylish OCR sock recently expanded their lineup of products to include shorts. I picked up a pair for use both in the gym, on the trail and on the race course and here is what I thought:


Style: I absolutely love the...

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MRG Ultra-OCR Bible is now digital!!!

Posted by Strength & Speed on April 21, 2019 at 10:30 PM

Mud Run Guide's Ultra-OCR Bible is now available on digital download for Kindle only.  If you want a hard copy, please head to the online S&S store.  If you want the digital download you can find it exclusively on Amazon via the link below.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QZLZJFQ/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=strspe-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07QZLZJFQ&linkId=f20156249a0d2c89c57fcddca1e4b3fe


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Gear Review: Atomik Balance

Posted by Strength & Speed on January 15, 2019 at 10:25 AM


Atomik Climbing Holds is a known leader in the world of Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) holds and climbing. However, they recently expanded their line of products to include balance products. As someone who previously had balance issues in OCR (2016s inclusion of Z beam at Conquer The Gauntlet Wichita knocked me back into the middle of the elite field), I was curious to see what they had to offer. Atomik has two different versions with several difficulty levels for each.

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Did you lose? Blame it on the booze. Race loss? Blame in on the sauce. Patron won't put you in the zone

Posted by Strength & Speed on January 7, 2019 at 6:05 AM

OCR has maintained the reputation of the party boy/girl lifestyle since the inception of the sport. And let’s face it, after a hard fought race who doesn’t want to celebrate with a few brews and good company in the festival area? Although the occasional post-race splurge is unlikely to dramatically affect performance, drinking in the days leading up to the race may be a concern. Research provided by the US Olympic Committee (USOC) indicates that binge drinking can decrease athleti...

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4th S&S Development Team Window Now Open

Posted by Strength & Speed on December 6, 2018 at 8:05 PM


Strength & Speed is opening the application window for their 4th S&S Developtment Team. Each year has brought success to our athletes with a list of different benefits that change but also expand slightly every year.  2018 included athletes getting their first sponsors, several becoming ambassadors for brands and many hitting new PRs...

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