Obstacle Racing… Easy As One-Two-Three!

Easy! Bahraharahaha Just Pullin’ Your Leg!

Just pullin’ your leg to get over the next obstacle – that’s what I’m doin’ Pheewww! So what are three things that may be beating you down and breaking your game on race day? Maybe if ya fix’em you’ll have an all around better day of it…Maybe ya won’t get your shirt dirty either! ( I am trippin’ eh?) Okay-  Seriously….

Check Out These 3 Area’s Most Of Us Can Improve On by Andrew Read

….I often see three big mistakes when it comes to their training. Let’s look at what these errors are and how to avoid them.

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The 3 Biggest OCR Training Mistakes

The three biggest holes I notice in OCR training boil down to running, loaded carries, and grip training. These issues are also right up there in terms of mistakes that cost people the most time on race day.

1. Running

The first and worst mistake you can make is to forget it’s a running race. Don’t look at all the obstacles and think you only have to run half a mile between each and think to yourself, “well, I can run 800m, so this will be easy.” Because if you plan to do well, you still need to run the entire course, which could be as much as half marathon distance (13.1 miles.)

2. Loaded Carries

At the World Championships held on the weekend, the guys doing the crazy Ultra Beast (30 miles of torture) had to carry two 50lb sandbags uphill. I’ve heard it was absolute carnage with people just dropping the bags and walking off the course. I’ve heard accounts of up to 25% of the field quitting because of that one obstacle.

But it’s not just sandbag carries, either. There are often bucket carries at Spartan events – in fact, it’s one of the obstacles you’ll find at nearly all the races. In Australia they use massive 120lb deadballs, which are difficult to pick up with wet, muddy hands, and even more difficult to carry the distance required.

3. Grip Work

The third mistake, grip strength, is one of those things that everyone seems to think they have enough of, right up until the point they find themselves doing thirty burpees for falling off the monkey bars. In a long race, with rope climbs, Tyrolean traverses, Hercules hoists, loaded carries, and heavy drags your grip takes a pounding. And the fatigue of distance running amplifies how easily fatigued your grip will become. 

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