Category Archives: OCR Elite Interviews

E. 126 Brakken Kraker On Broadcasting and Leaderboard Phase 2

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Welcome to Episode 126 of the Obstacle Order,

In this Episode, Elijah sits down with Brakken Kraker to discuss his experience commentating for the live stream, broadcast of the Palmerton US Championship series race. Brakken breaks down the men’s field and provides insights and expectations for the rest of the season.

LeaderBoard

If you are new to the show you will not know that Brakken has been a guest in the past on several occasions.  Here are the links to those episodes: Episode 30, Episode 52, Episode 56, Episode 63, Episode 72. You may want to get caught up to have some context for the discussion of LeaderboardFit.

LeaderBoard

The Obstacle Order was a big part of the launch of Leaderboardfit and we are proud to help the launch of Phase two of Leaderboard, a more custom approach to coaching. Listen for all of the details.

 

E. 125 Palmerton Race Recap With Rea Kolbl

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Welcome to this special bonus episode of the Obstacle Order Podcast, episode 125!

Palmerton

 

The US championship series for Spartan Race is well underway with the 3rd race held in Palmerton Pennsylvania in the books. Runner-up and up and coming Spartan Pro racer Rea Kolbl had an impressive showing and we where lucky enough to catch her on her lunch break to recap the race and her performance.

Palmerton

This episode is short, focused and to the point. If you want an inside look at the women’s field you are going to want to check out this episode. This is the second time Rea has been on the show. If you are unfamiliar with her you will want to check out episode 115 to get her background and see how she has become a top Spartan racer.

 

E. 122 Generating an Iron Clad Mind with Michael Mark

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Welcome to Episode 122 of the Obstacle Order!

Michael Mark

In this Episode, Philip and Elijah join forces to interview Michael Mark. Michael Mark is a dominant masters Obstacle Racer as well as a threat to the podium in the overall rankings. Michael is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to athlete relations and what mental attributes make up top performers.

Michael Mark

This show focuses on the attitudes, practices, and mindset necessary to be the best athlete you can be. Also, the best approach to setting goals and expectations.  What is it that separates the champions from the also-rans?  Listen to this episode to find out!

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E. 121 Speedster Ryan Woods on Turning Weaknesses into Strengths

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Welcome to Episode 121 of the Obstacle Order!

Ryan Woods

In this episode, Elijah sits down with the very speedy Ryan Woods. Ryan is an interesting guy who you can never count out when considering who will be on the podium at any race. The focus of this show is how Ryan has worked on his weaknesses to become more than just a great runner. Now he is truly a force to be reckoned with in the sport of OCR.

Ryan Woods

He’s not only swift of foot, but he is quite witty as well, so expect an entertaining as well as an informative show. Uphill running technique, downhill running technique, carries, and more are covered on this show.

Ryan Woods

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E. 117 Gettin’ Ginger With It: Bryan the Ginger Spartan, a Talk with an OCR Celebrity

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Welcome to episode 117 of the Obstacle Order!
Bryan the Ginger
In this episode,  Bryan “the Ginger Spartan” joins Phil for a conversation about leadership out on course, becoming an OCR celeb and what it’s like to drag a full grown man across a dirt arena after he’s just thrown you on the ground.
Bryan the Ginger
We dive into the specifics of what it takes to be such a positive force in the community and get into the specifics of the good and the bad times that Bryan, and many of us, have had to overcome.
Bryan the Ginger
This episode is packed with useful information from “the Ginger Spartan” himself so download and listen up!
Sharing is caring so tune in and leave us a message or a rating if you’ve got something to say!
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E. 116 Steve “The Trailmaster” Hammond

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This is Episode 116 of the Obstacle Order,

Steve Hammond

If you have ever done a Spartan Race, you may have seen a long bearded man running around the course at Spartan Races or driving around on an ATV.  Well, that is Steve Hammond. Steve is the West Coast course setter for Spartan Race. He and his team are to blame for the sequencing and placement of obstacles as well as the course setting.

Steve Hammond

In this Episode, Philip and Elijah take a look under the hood of what goes into setting up a Spartan Event with Steve Hammond. From the festival area to equipment management they take a close look at what goes into some of the decisions behind how a course is laid out. This is a quick call with a ton of great information about the logistics of how a course is set.

Steve Hammond

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E. 115 Rea Kolbl, From Non-Runner to Spartan Pro

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This is Episode 115 of the Obstacle Order,

Rea Kolbl

In this Episode, Elijah sits down with Spartan Pro Team member Rea Kolbl. Rea is one of the rare people that excel in OCR despite having no running background in high school or college. In just 2 years racing as an elite, Rea has 10 race wins and 2 tops fives in NBC spartan Races.

Rea Kolbl

Rea is also one smart cookie. She is currently working on her masters in Materials Science and finishing up her undergrad in Astrophysics and Physics. Learn how she uses her grit and perseverance to overachieve in the realm of academics and OCR. Rea is a great example of if you stick with something long enough and study the problem you can become great.

Rea Kolbl

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E. 111 Engineering Peak Performance with Ian Hosek

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Welcome to Episode 111 of the Obstacle Order,

Ian Hosek

In this Episode, Elijah sits down with standout OCR talent and running coach Ian Hosek. In this episode, you will learn Ian’s background and how he went from never doing organized athletics to winning big Spartan Races.

This episode delves into all of the important topics that relate to obstacle racing performance including the important types of running to include in your running program. How to balance the week of running in terms of base runs, threshold runs, and above threshold runs. Also, what is the best way to incorporate strength training in an Obstacle Racing training program? And of course, the always important grip work is covered.

This is a dense detail oriented podcast that you can no afford to miss

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E. 110 America’s Toughest Mudder with Philip Levi

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Welcome to Episode 110 of the Obstacle Order,
Philip Levi

In this episode, the show is dedicated to Philip Levi and his experience in the 8 hour America’s Toughest Mudder event. So for this call Elijah actually interviews Philip.

Philip Levi

On the show they discuss Philip’s various struggles around actually getting to the event. Also, the basics of the event. What is it and why would it be a good idea to do it? Philip describes many of the Obstacles as well as the two course race format.

Philip Levi

The toughest mudder is an 8 hour lap format race in which you complete as many laps as possible in the allowed time. This race took place in Southern California and was the first of it’s kind.

Enjoy!

E. 104 Evan Perperis, Training for the Long Haul

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Welcome to Episode 104 of the Obstacle Order!
 Evan Perperis
In this episode Philip gets inside the meticulous mind of Evan Perperis. We last interviewed Evan in E. 95 and highly recommend listening to that episode to get more on his background.
Evan Perperis
Evan sheds light on training for the long haul. Preparing for endeavors longer than the usual distance such as Ultra Running, The World’s Toughest Mudder and The Spartan Ultra Beast!
Inside you’ll find coverage of when and how to fuel, what gear to bring and why your pit crew is so important. Also discussed… passing out under water! What? Yep.
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Evan Perperis

Evan can be found at:

www.teamstrengthspeed.com

He contributes to Obstacle Racing Media and Mud Run Guide

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