Category Archives: Philip and Elijah Catch up

E. 124 Heart Rate Monitors, Kings Camp Royal Race Recap


Welcome to Episode 124 of the Obstacle Order!

In this Episode of the #OOP Eli and Phil discuss the importance of tracking your heart rate while training.  They breakdown some experiences with different devices that each of them have had using specific brands of heart rate monitor.

Each of them recently competed in a local Bay Area OCR that proved much more than they were each expecting!

In this episode Eli also determines that Phil’s running form could use some overhauling.  Phil agrees.  Expect the progress to unfold in episodes to come!

Also if you have any question you would like addressed on the podcast please call our hotline and leave us a message:


E. 123 Long Workout Nutrition, The Secret Lab, Boise Recap, Philip and Elijah Catch Up


Welcome to Episode 123 of the Obstacle Order!

In this Episode, Philip and Elijah sit down over a tiny mic and catch up on what they have been up to over the past month. This episode had some audio quality issues, but the content was great. Listen to learn about optimal hydration strategies for long workouts. Philip has yet another travel/registration snafu getting to a race.

Also, Elijah recently visited Richard Diaz to check out the secret lab and have his gait analyzed, find out the results during this episode.

The Obstacle Order now has a call in line for taking your calls!

The number you can call to leave a question to be covered on the show is:  530-592-1138

So call in and leave us a message. If your message is selected you can hear it on the show and have it answered by Elijah and Philip.

E. 118 Monterey Preview, Terrain Race Recap. Philip and Elijah Catch Up


Welcome to Episode 118 of the Obstacle Order,

Terrain Race

In this episode, Philip and Elijah reunite to discuss training, race results, and preparation for the Monterey Super Spartan. This week’s episode will give you some insight into the Terrain Racing series if you plan on doing one of those. Also, the guys give you some tips for navigating the rugged terrain of Monterey. Get ready for hills, long carries, and tons of grip intensive obstacles.

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Hopefully, there is a lot of hay in your barn!


E. 113 Seattle Spartan Weekend Recap


Welcome to Episode 113 of the Obstacle Order,

In this Episode, Philip and Elijah sit down to catch up and recap the Seattle Spartan Race. Elijah completed the Sprint listen in to see how he did there.

Also, Elijah delves deep into the concept of Heart Rate Variability and how you can use HRV to help govern daily workout selection. Also, what happens when you have low HRV from being sick and are forced to complete a Spartan Race.

Of course, Elijah goes into great detail about the race itself, the course and some of the results from the elite field in the NBC super.

Finally some tips on managing training and how to use heart rate monitors and HRV to ensure you are getting adequate intensities on recovery efforts.

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E. 112 San Jose Spartan Recap, UK Spartan Race. Philip and Elijah Catch Up


Welcome to Episode 112 of the Obstacle Order!

In this episode, Philip and Elijah catch up and cover a lot of ground. Philip shares his experience of the Spartan Race in the UK. Philip and Elijah both recount their experience running the San Jose Sprint. Both share their workouts of the week and discuss what is coming in the near future for this OCR season.

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E. 106 Toughest Mudder, Meth, Listener Q&A, Philip and Elijah Catch Up


Welcome to Episode 106 of the Obstacle Order!

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In this episode Philip and Elijah sit down to catch up.  It’s been a while since these two got together so there was a lot to talk about. This episode covers a wide range of topics including:

  • Recent “wins” for Philip and Elijah
  • Workout of the Week is back
  • Philip’s preparation for the Toughest Mudder in March
  • Some listener Q&A and More!

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If you like banter and long stories to share small points, this is an episode you don’t want to miss.

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E. 100 Philip and Elijah Recap Two Years of OCR Podcasting


Welcome to Episode 100 of the Obstacle Order Podcast!

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In this episode Philip and Elijah sit down to reminisce about the genesis and growth of the Obstacle Order Podcast. 100 tends to be a great milestone to achieve and for this podcast that represents two years of fun and dedication to covering the sport of OCR.

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You have heard from experts on fitness, biomechanics, Pro Spartan athletes, and to inspirational open class racers. Philip and Elijah have enjoyed meeting listeners, hearing from listeners and of course having small arguments on air for all of you to hear.

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It’s been a fun ride and we are only just getting started. This episode serves as a sincere thanks to everyone that started with us during our rocky beginning and who are still with us today as well as our brand new audience. It’s been a fun ride and we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for all of you. Please share the content with your friends and enroll them in the possibilities you have discovered through listening to the shows weekly. And of course we’ll see you on the mountain.

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E. 99 Balancing the Rigors of Training and Recovery


Welcome to episode 99 of the Obstacle Order

Training and Recovery

Wow 99 episodes! Can you believe it has been that many? Happy New Year and thanks for checking out another episode of the Obstacle Order

In this episode Philip and Elijah catch up and lament the end of bulking season and get their preparations set for the base building phase leading into Racing season.

Training Recovery

Topics discussed include: syringes, balls in butts, broken old bodies and more.

For the OCR athlete who has ventured beyond their twenties you may find this episode particularly interesting. As aging weekend warriors Philip and Elijah both used the off season and bulking season to “undue” some of the damage the OCR racing season inflicted.

Training Recovery

Learn how yet again, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to keeping your body supple enough to stay in the game. How do Philip and Elijah balance the rigors of training and recovery? Listen to find how:

E. 94 Philip and Elijah Catch Up: Bulking Season Continues, Spartan Changes the Definition of a Year.


Welcome to Episode 94 of the Obstacle Order

Bulking Season

In this episode Elijah and Philip sit down to discuss bulking season, the off season , Spartan’s new Season pass. When is a good time to take a break and what is the best thing to focus on during the off season. Philip explains some cool exercises he has been doing.

Is full range of motion in the Squat necessary to improve maximum force output?

Should Spartan prorate the season pass for people that bought theirs in the middle of the year?

When is a good time to do curls in the Squat rack?

If you were stranded on a desert island ( with a squat rack and weights) and had to pick one exercise heavy dead lifts or heavy squats, what would you pick?

Those questions and more are answered on this episode of the Obstacle Order

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E. 91 Off Season Training, Intermittent Fasting, and Confidence. Philip and Elijah Catch Up


Welcome to Episode 91 of the Obstacle Order,

Off Season Training

In this Episode Philip and Elijah catch up after a long hiatus. This episode begs the question: “if there is never a central topic can there really be a tangent?”

Off Season Training

While this episode primarily serves to get you caught up on the life and times of Elijah and Phil, there are still some gold nuggets of actionable information dispersed throughout the show. Some of the topics covered include:



Intermittent fasting

The effect of fasting on Heart Rate

High Fat training

Finishing the OCR season and prepping for the “off season”

Please enjoy this Episode!