SOLO The Obstacle Racer Next Door


cannot keep calm

Posted on September 18, 2014

“Taper? What taper?”
“I hate rest days!”
“Is it the weekend yet?”

I have heard every single one of the above from my fit athletic badass obstacle racing friends. They moan and roll their eyes at having to ease off on their workouts before the championship this weekend.


Yet… this is all part of the racing experience. The foreplay.

The weekend will be here soon enough. And then (yes, arguably) the biggest race of the year will be over. We will be back to recounting the details, laughing over shared jokes, remembering that obstacle, sharing photos, and writing blog posts. The drop will be here soon enough.

  • Until then I am looking forward to packing and re-packing my bag.
  • Freaking out about what to wear.
  • Figuring out which shoes to take, and discovering those shoes are dirty, and frantically washing them, hoping they will dry in time, and then stuffing them in my bag still wet.
  • Packing food for the trip, and trying to remember for the millionth time whether bananas are ok to import into the States, then shrugging and packing them anyway.
  • Postponing fuelling up as much as possible, because gas is so much cheaper in the States.
  • Explaining the purpose of the trip to the nice officers at the border.
  • Drinking way too much Starbucks Coffee and having to pee every 50km.
  • Buying Gatorade, SIM cards and energy bars at Target.
  • Seeing familiar signs “Welcome to Vermont!”.
  • Hugging friends and strangers and talking excitedly about “tomorrow”.

Do not rush life.

Enjoy anticipation. It is, in fact, delicious.

The race has already started.

Pensively yours,



Vermont (Ultra) Beast 2014 – my prophecy

Posted on September 15, 2014
With Vermont championship coming up on Saturday, there’s been a lot of discussion as to what to expect. What will Norm do this time around? What to expect? What surprises will be waiting for us along the way? I would argue that if you have done the race in...
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JR at 9:01 pm Sep 18
Can we watch this race online????

the last minute guide to DNF your first endurance obstacle race – 5 essential steps

Posted on September 12, 2014
Congratulations. The fact that you are reading this blog post means that you are taking your DNF very seriously, and that you will not stop at anything in order to achieve that coveted three letter status. Today, I will share some key strategies to ensure a DNF in any...
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SOLO at 8:44 pm Sep 12
Hey, Mindi. I would still maintain that it would only be beneficial for ONE of those people. It's very hard to find people who run at exactly the same pace as you. And even if you did, some people are stronger starters, some stronger finishers, some will have digestive issues etc etc. If you are confident in your chances of finishing - sure! I can see doing that for a Beast. However, if you are concerned about making cut offs, like the case with the Ultra Beast - having a buddy can cost you.

how big is YOUR world? Joe DeSena, Hobie Call, and Ryan Atkins on what makes an event a world championship.

Posted on September 8, 2014
Do you know what pops up, If you Google “obstacle racing world championship”? If you said “Vermont Spartan Beast”, you are correct. Various “OCR world championships” notwithstanding, this is the mother race of any other event that calls itself an obstacle racing championship. And probably rightly so, this mother...
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