In this Episode, Brian Gowiski joins the Obstacle Order to discuss how he beats people that are faster runners than him in OCR events. There are many components to being successful in the sport of OCR. Speed, endurance, strength and agility to name a few. But in order to have success, you can’t rely on just one. The ability to tie together and galvanize those skills is often what separates pretenders from contenders. Brian has that ability in spades.
If you have spent any time browsing the leaderboards of Spartan Races or any other OCR race for that matter you will find Brian at or near the top. With 7 outright wins and 12 podium finishes in Spartan Race, Brian is no stranger to success in OCR. He was a member of the Worlds Toughest Mudder champion team. Also, as the competition increases he keeps getting better.
Brian is definitely someone to watch out for in 2018! Listen to this podcast to learn about the training block that helped him achieve his breakthrough races at Ashville (3rd NBC race) and West Virginia (6th NBC race).
In this Episode, Philip and Elijah tackle two listener questions in great detail. They also share some of the standout workouts that they have been doing recently.
Thank you for sending in all of your questions. They have all been received and considered and will be addressed in subsequent episodes. In this episode, Philip and Elijah tackle two questions related to Ultra-Endurance events.
The first is regarding how to manage a stacked month with an OCR worlds double, Dallas Ultra-Beast and WTM. A tall task indeed to complete and a tall task to offer advice on.
The second is specific to fueling and pacing for an ultra beast.
Listen to hear the answers to these great questions! Keep them coming by calling our number: 530-592-1138
In this Episode Philip and Elijah sit down with OCR star and legend Amelia Boone. Amelia Boone appeared on the Obstacle Order in one of the early episodes. Check out that episode here to find out more about Amelia’s past and her various training methods.
The focus of this episode is managing the mental and emotional process of being injured, reshaping identity as an athlete and riding the waves of recovery.
If you have ever been injured or are currently battling injury this episode is surely to offer solace. Amelia was originally sidelined by a femoral stress fracture, but also experienced other injuries in a process that has taken almost one year to overcome. Amelia is not one to be down and out for long. Listen to this podcast to see how she coped with the injury and turned it around, reshaping her relationship to the sport of OCR and how she sees herself.
In this episode Philip and Elijah sit down with WTM 2016 Champion Trevor Cichosz. This is the second time Trevor has been on the podcast.
In his first appearance, Trevor spoke with the Obstacle Order about his background and how he got involved with Obstacle racing as well as his experience in the 2015 WTM in which he placed 2nd. You can listen to that episode here to learn more about Trevor.
This episode focuses primarily on Trevor’s Breakthrough performance at the 2016 WTM in which he won the solo competition.
Listen to learn the mindset and strategies Trevor employed to win the grueling 24 hour event.
In this Episode Elijah sits down with Evan Perperis of Team Strength Speed. Evan is all over the OCR world and is a wealth of knowledge. He spent some time on the Obstacle Order after completing The Worlds Toughest Mudder. Evan is a pro team member of Conquer the Gauntlet and sponsored by Hammer Nutrition.
This episode covers Evan background and how he got involved in Obstacle Racing. He goes into his fueling strategies, cyclic training strategies. Also, how to simultaneously bulk with traditional lifts and build grip strength and endurance with adding extra grips.
Another cool topic is Evan’s epic adventure to run 7 OCR courses in 7 days.
In this episode Elijah sits down with Maggi Thorne. A small amount of her list of accomplishments include, Miss International 2014, Worlds Toughest Mudder Runner up 2013 and Member of team Grit on the new show Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge. Yes, that was a mouthful and yes Maggi is all of those things and much more. Maggi is a true inspiration. Six years ago she turned personal tragedy into a life of serving others and kicking a lot of butt along the way!
In this episode you will learn how Maggi went from being a workaholic who often was not there for her family and friends to a person who donates her time to charity.
Learn the unique way in which Maggi prepared for the WTM and went onto run 70+ miles having not run over 8 at once previously. Maggi is great and her light burns bright! This is an episode you don’t want to miss.
Hi! Welcome to the Episode 51 of the Obstacle Order,
In this Episode, Philip and Elijah had the honor of sitting down with worlds Toughest Mudder Runner up Trevor Chichosz. Trevor is a mild mannered former US marine with a penchant for extreme endurance. In this episode, he describes how he built his aerobic base through basic training and military operations. Chichosz does not have a formal athletics background. In his early years, he cut his teeth as a motocross racer and outdoor sports enthusiast. Now he does incorporate some more traditional run training strategies to improve his speed and endurance.
If you are avid listener of the show you have heard from Chad Trammel the 2015 WTM champion. If not listen here.
On this episode you will learn what it took for Trevor to finish just a few minutes behind Trammel.
Please welcome Chad Trammell to Episode 48 of the Obstacle Order,
How do you win the hardest obstacle course on Earth?
In this Episode, Philip and Elijah sit down with World’s Toughest Mudder (WTM) champion Chad Trammell. Chad “the Wolverine” Trammell is a dentist in Alaska by day and a sultan of suffer by night. Also, a mountain runner and Spartan Pro.
This interview dissects the tough mudder event itself. What were the obstacles, how did the course designers make this different than other Tough Mudder events. We discussed penalty laps, psychology and much more. Chad Trammell explains what he did to prepare for the race and the mindset and physical preparation needed to take on something like this.
Listen to find out what exactly is the World’s Toughest Mudder and how one prepares to endure the 24 hour event. This interview covers the schedule of the event, specifically what it was like for Chad to run from sundown to sun up and many other topics. Have you ever wanted to know what’s it like to do the same obstacle 18 times? You’ll find out here. This is an interview you will not want to miss. Especially if you ever plan on doing something as ambitious as the World’s Toughest Mudder
World Champion Amelia Boone joins us in this Episode. Becoming a World Champion is by nature rare. There are even fewer world champions in two sports. Amelia Boone is one of those people. She is the world champion of Spartan and the two time world champion of the Worlds Toughest Mudder. Some would say that those are the same sport: obstacle course racing. Because of the huge difference in capacity required to win either event they should be seen as two separate sports. The Worlds Toughest Mudder is a 24 hour race who’s winner is determined by total distance traveled. The Spartan world champion is established by a fixed distance race.
If being a world champion obstacle racer is not enough to impress you, Amelia spends her weekdays as a lawyer at one of the biggest law firms in the world Skadden. Many Mondays used to be an awkward time at the office for her when she would limp in post her crazy weekend excursions. Now they are used to it at Skadden and wonder what she is going to do next.
Listen to the interview and you will learn the history of Amelia Boone in obstacle course racing. You will also learn what is takes to become a world champion and beat olympians from other sports. Amelia Boone has a fascinating and very motivational story. She may be the true personification of grit. Learn how Amelia applies her grit to things like the death race and other Spartan Races. Amelia shows us that it’s not always the most advanced training and nutrition program that produces a champion. Sometimes it is the person unwilling to stop who will endure the most pain. When quitting is not an option, you already have most people beat.