Guest Blogger & Obstacle Course Race Athlete // Richard Rivera @ Kilter Strength & Fitness
With all the other kinds of races out there, you might be asking yourself, why should I consider Obstacle Course Racing (OCR)? Take a minute and think about the “obstacles” in your life that you’ve had to face and overcome…odds are that you came out on the other side of it a stronger and more confident person.
Simply put, OCR yields the same result. OCR is sport in which competitors must overcome various physical challenges known as "obstacles". Much like the obstacles we face in our daily lives, these races are designed to result in mental and physical collapse. Obstacles are placed throughout the course to test endurance, strength, speed. Race distances and terrain vary, ranging from a 5k to a marathon with flat land to steep rocky hills.
There are many options out there such as Spartan Race, Warrior Dash, Gladiator Rock & Run, Rugged Maniac and Battlefrog to name a few. They all have their own twist on course design and the unknown is what makes it exciting.
Preparing for an Obstacle Course Race takes time and dedication. Here are a few of the key components to focus on when training for a race:
Running is key! Upper body exercises are also important since most of the obstacles incorporate it and last but not least, everyone's favorite…BURPEES! BURPEES! BURPEES!
Proper nutrition is of the hardest yet most important things not only for racing but for everyday living. First you need to have the proper amount of protein. Second, limit the BAD carbs. And third, increase your greens (like mom always said, "eat your veggies")
Water is great but making sure you're replenishing your electrolytes is equally important. For me it's HDX Hydration Mix "because it works". Hydration shouldn't only take place during the race; it should be a daily habit. My hydration happens before, during and after. Never deprive your body of what it needs.
There are so many other things that can help you prepare like shoes and clothing choices, hydration packs, etc. but what I shared are the most important and I've seen huge changes in my training and racing since focusing on these three components. Training for and completing an OCR is extremely challenging, but by stretching your own physical and mental limits, you will be stronger and more confident in the truth that you can do anything you set your mind to!
Whether you want an athletic challenge to see what you're made of or you're looking for a festival-like atmosphere with a race thrown in for good measure, there's an obstacle race for you!
I hope you find this helpful and encouraging and I hope to see you on a course some time soon.
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