It’s funny writing this post after I recently completed my 21st race (Mud Titan 8 in Plant City, Florida), but that doesn’t change one major fact: my life has not been the same since I started this journey.
Let’s start from the beginning:
In April of 2014, I was sitting in the conference room at my job’s end-of-week meeting where we went around the room and shared how things went. My boss liked to do these meetings to recap the week and discuss plans for the future, both professionally and personally. He was very good about getting all of us involved in helping each other with what we hoped to accomplish. (Just so you know, this was a small company of eight team members at the time, including the CEO, so this was not as time consuming as some might imagine.)
It’s been a little over a years since I started this blog. I will admit that most of 2016, I’ve not been great at keeping up with it. However, for 2017, I hope to change that.
The first post you will see in January will be a breakdown of my OCR calendar for the year. The full breakdown you’ll see next week, but the other side of this journey is properly documenting it through the blog with the hope of inspiring those other casual racers who are looking to try something new and get out off the couch!
The first thing you can expect from me: more blog posts. It is my goal to publish at least two posts per month, no matter what. So if you’ve read my blog and like what I have to say, then hopefully you’ll have more to like starting in 2017. Blog posts will go beyond just reviews of races (though I’ll continue those where I can). I will be expanding to stories of individual obstacles, specific exercise/workout regiments that will hopefully help you improve your OCR game.
Along with that, I’ll be launching two new blog series. The first, starting in January, will be From Casual to Competitor, a short run in which I hope to chronicle the differences I’ll be going through as a prepare to take on my first competitive OCR wave. The second, which will start in February, will be My Quest for the Trifecta. This one will be the obvious for the OCR fan as I tell the story of my push for my Spartan Race Trifecta. Yes, there are many around the world with several trifectas, but I want to show those other prospective Spartans what I specifically go through.
Overall, 2016 was rough for many, including myself. However, I am optimistic about 2017, and I look forward to the adventures that it brings.
So with that, I say Happy New Year!
It’s the holiday season! Throughout the neighborhoods, you see lights and Christmas trees and all sorts of decorations. The malls are packed with shoppers trying to get their shopping done early this year. (Though, inevitably, many won’t.) So, I thought it be fun to take a holiday classic and add a little OCR spin on it. Feel free to confuse your friends and relatives with it.
This is a post I originally published in my other blog on July 19, 2014. And it is just as relevant today as it was then.
You hear about people’s bucket lists all the time. Especially since that one movie came out a couple years ago. People checking off items that they have to do at least once in their lives. Well, at my age, I don’t think I have to subscribe so much to the idea of having a bucket list, but I did check an item off of it if I had it: running in my first obstacle 5K (more commonly referred to as a mud run). Continue reading
First off, let me introduce myself. My name is Ryan. On a normal day, I teach 12th graders how to write and read better. However, occasionally, we all need an outlet. For me, obstacle course races became one of those outlets. My purpose in trying one out was simply because I missed running, but running conventional 5K’s had gotten a bit old. (I’m not dissing 5K’s. I still do them occasionally and don’t diminish anyone who enjoys them.) OCR’s gave me the fun factor I was hoping for. My first obstacle race was in 2014. I ran in the Rugged Maniac in Dade City, Florida. Since then, I knew that mud runs were going to be a big part of my life. Continue reading