Strength & Speed


"If you want something you never had, you have to be willing to do something you have never done."

Podcast- 2020 Episodes

Strength & Speed podcast is an Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) focused podcast that aims to bring you the best techniques and training tips in OCR.  

What makes us different is the unique approach to taking lessons learned from other sports and applying them to OCR.  Plus, we try to focus on the smaller or lesser known race series to highlight their unique take on OCR. Subscribe to the feed to keep up with the latest episodes.

We will be talking and interviewing athletes, coaches and race directors from inside the OCR industry as well as athletes from other sports.  

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S&S Podcast Host

Strength & Speed owner, CTG Pro Team Athlete and Hammer Nutrition sponsored athlete Evan Perperis.  For full bio click here.

 


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S&S Latest Podcast Episodes

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Ep 124: CTG Pro, short course specialist and 2018's 15k and 3k Age Group World Champion Ashton Abraham talks his training, backgrouind, injury, consistency in performance, Conquer The Gauntlet, Savage Races and future plans.  Ashton's joined by host Evan and guest cohost Master of the Rig World Champion and Exatlon star Jay Flores.  Random facts include extreme sports, bootleg movies, Persian-Farsi, races interrupted by typhoons and more. 

Episode brought to you by the leader in recovery technology, Rapid Reboot.
Music provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush
Ep 123: 888km Infinitus finisher Helene Dumais joins Evan again for another episode but this time as a co-host.  The two of them talk to Northman Race's Sebastian Dion whose team won the 24 hour Platinum Rig World Championship in 2019.  Sebastian tells how he got involved in OCR, how he quit smoking (it's not what you think) and his experience at the event.  Helene adds in some further details about the event and they all share what else is on their calendar in 2020. 

 

Episode brought to you by MudGear.  Our favorite OCR sock company just released a whole new line of products including Seatshield, lifestyle t-shirt and the new Ruck Sock.

Music provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush

Ep 122: Conquer The Gauntlet Pros Scott Wierzycki and Doug Snyder join Evan to talk over the last weekend's events.  After some background on Scott (the first athlete to triple podium at Conquer The Gauntlet, elite, masters and Continuum), Doug jumps into his double podium (elite and endurance) at Battle Race in Louisiana with its plethora of OCRWC featured obstacles.  Then Scott talks CTG Pro Team Takeover which included workout at ROKC Olathe, shooting range and ninja competition at Motus Ninjas.  Finally, Evan tells some stories from the weekend including KC's Advanced Health and Sports Injury along with Stoke Shed's Bobby Ross getting kicked out of a gym. 

 

Episode brought to you by CTG Pro Team sponsors RockTape & Squirrel's Nut Butter (providing prizes for the ninja competition).  Plus special thanks to free products given out at the CTG Pro Team Takeover including Hammer Nutrition (use ref #240887 for 15% off your first order), Ambari Nutrition and Juice Performer. 

Music provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush

Ep 121:Only four men have reached 90 or more miles 3x or more at World's Toughest Mudder.  Trevor Cichosz, Kris Mendoza, Ryan Atkins and Matt Hanson.  Evan interviews Matt about growing up, his rise from eating disorder to top level OCR athlete and Death Race finisher.  Plus, things get weird when they start sharing random facts including Matt's insane unofficial world record and the weird collections each of them has.  One has 40,000 Pokemon cards and the other a jewelry armoire full of knives...can you guess which collection belongs to each of them?

 

Donate to OCR America's fundraiser for Folds of Honor: https://www.facebook.com/donate/2552384038375902/


Pick up a hard copy, digital or audio book of Ultra-OCR Man: From Special Forces Soldier to Record Setting Obstacle Course Racing Athlete here


Episode brought to you by HYLETE, the best race bags for OCR and the most comfortable clothing, head over to HYLETE to pick up your race apparel.


Music provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush

Ep 120:Contest winner Daniel Leonard and podcast co-host Brenna "Red Beast" Calvert return from Hannibal Race Kuwait to share their experience with Evan.  New culture, Hannibal Race upgrades, OCR World Championships qualification and an international crowd made their 2nd annual race one to remember.  Then the crew talks about their opinion on Spartan World Championship moving to United Arab Emirates with some strong opinions on the situation.  Includes a shout out to Amine, Hiba, Fat Gripz and Stoke Shed.

 
Donate to OCR America's fundraiser for Folds of Honor: https://www.facebook.com/donate/2552384038375902/

 

Pick up a hard copy, digital or audio book of Ultra-OCR Man: From Special Forces Soldier to Record Setting Obstacle Course Racing Athlete here


Episode brought to you by MudGear, the world's best OCR socks now have SeatShields, lifestyle t shirts and Shower Toga available on their website.


Music provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush.

Bonus 3: Gold Star wife Colleen Katzenberger talks about the loss of her husband Jeremy Katzenberger in Afghanistan in 2011 while serving with Ranger Regiment (1/75).  She talks through the loss and what it has been like raising a growing boy as a single mom and wife of a fallen soldier along with how Folds of Honor has helped her.


Donate to OCR America's fundraiser for Folds of Honor: https://www.facebook.com/donate/2552384038375902/

 

Pick up a hard copy, digital or audio book of Ultra-OCR Man: From Special Forces Soldier to Record Setting Obstacle Course Racing Athlete here


Music provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush

Ep 119: OCR America is finished ... or at least the physical challenge of it is! The fundraiser will continue for another month so be sure to donate, share our content, and listen to how it all ended! Michael Stefano from Obstacle Running Adventures podcast sits down with Bobby Ross from Stoke Shed, the tireless driver Jacob Stone, Evan's dad Terry Perperis, and the Ultra OCR Man himself to discuss how the last event went and some fun behind the scenes information about their journey together!

Day 7 Stoke Shed Video


Ultra-OCR Man Audio Book Link for Audible

 

Episode brought to you by Obstacle Running Adventures and Stoke Shed, be sure to check out the incredible work that they put out!

Ep 118: Day 7 of OCR America is complete and we have arrived in Evan's home state! Today was a mix of locations as we needed to balance the 5 hour drive from Missouri to Kansas! Michael Stefano from Obstacle Running Adventures podcast talks to Evan while he is on his treadmill about how William Shell's course was, his own wife's views on these challenges, and how ready he is to be finished tomorrow! As of uploading this Evan still has 10 more miles on the treadmill and many more obstacles to do in his gym but as for this podcaster it's time for a solid 6 hours of sleep to prepare for the finale, day 8 at KC Timber Challenge in Bonner Springs, KS tomorrow!


Day 6 Stoke Shed Video


Ultra-OCR Man Audio Book Link for Audible

 

Episode brought to you by Ororo Heated Apparel, stay warm on those windy cloudy days!

Ep 117: Day 6 of OCR America is complete and we are getting closer to Evan's home state! Today we had the chance to play around at Michelle Warnky's Movement Lab in Columbus, OH! Michael Stefano from Obstacle Running Adventures podcast asks Evan why completing obstacles here was one of his highlights of the trip, how he is fighting against his body's desire to sleep, and the way that he explained to his daughter why he has been away for so long! Now it's time for our 6 hour drive for day 7 at William Shell's obstacle course in Cape Girardeau, MO tomorrow!

Day 5 Stoke Shed Video


Ultra-OCR Man Audio Book Link for Audible

 

Episode brought to you by Rock Tape, make sure you're able to patch yourself together to keep pushing through!

Ep 116: Day 5 of OCR America is complete so we are well on our way in the second half! We had the opportunity to run Erie's OCR Battlegrounds in Erie, PA! Michael Stefano from Obstacle Running Adventures interviews Evan about how the shortened course affected him mentally, who came out to pace almost the entire event, and how he was able to stay energized enough to take on his 5th marathon OCR! Now it is time to rest up for day 6 at Michelle Warnky's Movement Lab in Columbus, OH tomorrow!


Day 4 Stoke Shed Video


Ultra-OCR Man Audio Book Link for Audible

 

Episode brought to you by Elite Ops Energy Strips, when you need an extra bit of energy to get through your challenges! Use code CTG10 for 10% off every order from www.eliteopsenergy.com

Ep 115:  Day 4 of OCR America is done so we are halfway there! We had another great time at Newbsanity's Mud Gauntlet in Binghamton, NY! Michael Stefano from Obstacle Running Adventures talks to Evan about how he dealt with the obstacle dense course, the amount of supporters who showed up to help, and how he is a big fat liar to himself! Now it is time to prepare for day 5 at Erie's OCR Battlegrounds in Erie, PA tomorrow!


Day 3 Stoke Shed Video


Ultra-OCR Man Audio Book Link for Audible

 

Episode brought to you by Hammer Nutrition, fuel yourself through any distance of obstacle course race! Use ref # 240887 for 15% off your first order from www.HammerNutrition.com

Ep 114: Day three of OCR America is done and we had a great time at Newbsanity's Extreme Ravine in Binghamton, NY! Hear Michael Stefano from Obstacle Running Adventures interview Evan about how he dealt with the cold icy trail, his race nutrition, what makes Newbsanity such a great community, and thoughts going into day 4 at Newbsanity's Mud Gauntlet in Binghamton, NY tomorrow!

Day 2 Stoke Shed Video


Ultra-OCR Man Audio Book Link for Audible


Episode brought to you by MudGear, take care of your feet with the best compression socks for doing what we do!

Ep 113:Day two of OCR America is done and we had an awesome time at Otherworld Fitness in Frederick, MD! Hear Michael Stefano from Obstacle Running Adventures interview Evan about how the day went, thoughts going into day 3 at Newbsanity in Binghamton, NY tomorrow as well as from a few people who came out to support him today!

Day 1 Stoke Shed Video

Ultra-OCR Man Audio Book Link for Audible

 

Episode brought to you by Atomik Climbing Holds, make your rigs a challenge worth training for!

Ep 112: Day one of OCR America is done and we had a great time at Obstacle Athletics in Deer Park, NY! Hear Michael Stefano from Obstacle Running Adventures interview Evan about how the day went, how he plans to recover day to day, who came out to support him, and thoughts going into day 2 at Otherworld Fitness in Frederick, MD tomorrow!

 

Ultra-OCR Man Audio Book Link for Audible

 

Episode brought to you by Rapid Reboot, a great way to take care of tired legs and make sure you're ready to run another day!

Ep 111: Brenna "Red Beast" Calvert returns in her first episode of 2020 along with Epic OCR Giveaway winner, Daniel Leonard and Evan. The three talk expectations and experiences for Hannibal Race Kuwait, what 2020 has in store for them and Evan shares some last minute details for OCR America.  Plus a special shout out to MudGear, Daniel reveals dark secrets about doubles, Brenna slaps a ***** and Evan apparently hates nature.

 

OCR America sign up and details: https://www.teamstrengthspeed.com/ocr-america-2-2020

Ultra-OCR Man Audio Book Link for Audible

 

Episode brought to you by Compex, now offering Fixx 1.0, their new massage gun perfect for post-race soreness

Ep 110: Conquer The Gauntlet Pro Jay Flores just spent the last four months appearing nightly on Telemundo's Exatlon Estados Unidos.  Jay and Evan talk what the show was like, how he prepared, what he would do differently in the future, what it was like to be in a technology blackout and the future.  Plus, Evan shares some more info about OCR America 2, the two talk Compex's new massage gun and Rapid Reboot's compression system and the two share some SCUBA diving stories.

Sign up here: https://www.teamstrengthspeed.com/ocr-america-2-2020

Donate here: https://events.com/r/en_US/registration/ocr-america-2-when-hell-freezes-over-january-775962

 

Episode brought to you by ORORO Heated Apparel, keeping the OCR America 2 warm and toasty this January with heated clothing.

Music provided by Marc Capaldo.