How long have you been doing OCR and what got you started into the sport?
Sometime around March 2016, I decided I wanted to try the Palmerton Spartan Race in July. After looking further into it, I decided to go for the Trifecta and start out with the NJ Beast in April as my first ever OCR. I was immediately hooked and started adding running and endurance into my training. After that first race, I did the Tuxedo Sprint and Palmerton Super to complete my Trifecta, along with 5 more races that year, including the OCR World Championships 15k Race.
Do you have an athletic background or is fitness new to you because of OCR?
I played football, baseball, and basketball throughout high school where I broke (and still hold many) school records as an all-conference quarterback. Unfortunately, shoulder surgeries after my freshman and sophomore football seasons stopped my basketball and baseball careers. I maintained a healthy and active lifestyle until after my freshman year of college but then didn't do much for a few years. In the Fall of 2015, I started back on track lifting at my buddy's gym, Bullpen Fitness in Hegins, PA.
Talk me through your 15k race. How did you feel going into it after racing the day before? How did the terrain and obstacles go for you?
I felt good on Sunday for the 15k. I was walking with a limp because of blisters on my toes, but they didn't bother me when I ran, only when I walked. We took off on the same path and broke into three groups with Jay Flores leading. I was in the third pack, in approximately 15th place for the first 3 miles, when we went through the same basic obstacles up until a Platinum Rig. At this point, we caught the other packs of age groups that had started before us and I completely lost where I was sitting position-wise for my age group. The trails were nicely packed and I was maintaining my pace around 6:30-7:15/mile. Going into Green Beret Challenge's Yoke Carry, approximately 4.5 miles in, I really hit a groove and was flying through competitors. The Yoke Carry was my worst obstacle. It was a board approximately five feet long with two bags of rocks dangling from ropes on each side. It was awkward to carry and I could never get it to sit on my back correctly. When I was 1/4 into it, I saw that Jay was 3/4 done, so I knew I was doing pretty well position-wise. I yelled some encouragement over to him and pushed through without stopping, despite the fact that I wanted to.
After the Yoke Carry, I took off and a couple guys informed me I was behind 2-3 other runners in my age. I maintained my pace and felt really good up until mile 8 going into the Wreck Bag Carry. I trucked it over the wall and passed a few jogging up the hill. On the way down, the first guy to pass me after settling into position at the beginning, ran up behind me. We made it down, over a wall, and through tubes before putting our bags back and he was right ahead of me going into single lane trails.
What did you think about the extreme Texas heat?
I'm terrible with the cold but I strive in the heat. Both days had a high around 90 so nothing crazy, but there wasn't much shade or wind.
Did the races expose any areas for you to focus your training more on going forward?
According to my Garmin, I took on the uphills without breaking stride but I continue to suck at downhills so I need to work on improving there.
As Brent prepares for Killington in a week and a half, you will first find several Crew members at both Savage Race Maryland and the Spartan Race DC Sprint this weekend, as well as a Sunday afternoon training planned at St. Peter's Village in St. Peter's, PA.
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