Three years after I wrote it, the 30 days of burpee article still pulls 90% of this site’s traffic, so I figured I’d revisit it for anyone looking for more reading. A quick summary: that fall I decided to do 90 days of a few minutes of burpees per day (and for the most part, no other strength). In doing so, I increased my bench press by 40 lbs. I also went up a shirt size, saw some nice cardio gains, and got some awesome progress pics.
Don’t let its 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes fool you; Adam Sandler’s 2012 ‘That’s My Boy’ is far, far worse than that. Ebert called it mean, Jack Hanlon of Rotten Tomatoes said it was “easily the worst movie of 2012” and now that I think about it, that’s saying quite a bit, given its competitors for that title: Twilight pt 2, Alex Cross, Taken 2, and Savages. And yet, nestled in the closing minutes of this atrocious mess of a movie is a fantastic running scene, the sheer absurdity of which trumps any other movie running scene I can think of off the top of my head.
My apologies for the mess that this blog has become. I’m not sure what it even is anymore, and I’m just too busy these days to do any real writing. Also, it’s been years since I competed, so that plays a part in it as well.
Anyway, I’m really excited to hear the championship is leaving North America. I’ve raced in the Arab Emirates a couple times, and those events were some of the most difficult and rewarding experiences I’ve had. I’m sure the American racers won’t be happy with the Venue, but such is life. If you’re on the fence I would recommend you suck it up and make the trip out. Remember, the Europeans have been in your position every year since Spartan’s inception 😉 .
The last race I ever competed in was actually the Middle East Championships. During the race (which you can read about below) I felt something tear near my groin. I put off getting a real diagnosis for nearly two years, but eventually was diagnosed with and underwent laparoscopic surgery for an inguinal hernia. Rather than doing it state-side I opted to have it done in Hungary. (Hungary is the medical tourism capital of Europe)
These days I second-guess the soundness of that decision. The ensuing recovery –and the myriad of issues that have lingered– have effectively rendered me immobile. Racing is out of the question these days, let alone sneezing without pain.
Regardless, I don’t regret anything and remain grateful for the opportunity I had with Spartan Race, It was a good run and a wonderful experience while it lasted.
For those of you wondering what to expect from this race, you can see a few of my previous Middle East racing and travel recaps linked below. Also attached are some FAQs for the championships, courtesy of @AllthingsOCR.
Dubai, 2014, pt 2 I admittedly sucked at writing back then, but the second half of this article is (surprisingly) about as good as anything I’ve written in the years since.
Podcast covering the 2014 Dubai race with Matt B. Davis.
My experience prior to and during the 2017 Middle Easter Championships. This one is probably the most entertaining of the articles linked. Part 2 should be out this week, I actually just realized it’s been sitting as a draft over at Obstacle Racing Media for the last year or two.
Sometimes you just need an extra “kick” to get things moving. Here are my results with various “nootropics” or cognitive enhancers.
I didn’t try coffee until I was 22 and didn’t drink it regularly until a year ago.
At the time I was having problems with a recurring, rather annoying spasm in my right eye-lid and nose. I had read that low doses of caffeine was could treat this and began to use it.
I’m not 100% sure if it did the job, but the other effects I read about during research intrigued me. In particular among them were caffeine’s ability to help the body recover post-workout when taken with carbs/protein, its anti-aging effects, and finally, as a jump-starter.
I’ve since experimented with coffee naps and caffeine-aided workouts, among other things.
Caffeine kicks in within 3-5 minutes of my first sips of coffee, usually signaled by a rather intense wave of what I can best describe as ‘positivity’ flooding over me.
I had caffeine’s effects explained to me as ‘taking the breaks off’ one’s brain, where now dopamine and glutamite run free. Which in a way makes sense, given that my energy levels don’t change during caffeine consumption.
I think its important to note that I definitely don’t achieve or do more when ingesting caffeine; rather, my thoughts seem more focused and optimistic, leading me to believe that progress is occurring, despite normally not acting on said thoughts. I still have much more success brainstorming and writing when ingesting alcohol than caffeine.
Lion’s Mane (+ caffeine & chaga)
A favorite of Buddhist Monks, this mental-growth promoting “bearded mushroom” has experienced a huge surge in popularity recently thanks in part to Tim Ferriss and his glowing praise of affiliate Four Sigmatic’s mushroom coffee, which according to Ferriss, “…lit [him] up like a Christmas tree.” Continue reading “Lubricating the brain: Nootropics, pt 1”
I’ve been trying to embrace a new thought process over the past year, one focused on challenging myself in new ways in hopes of fostering growth. Comfort, for me at least, is the antithesis of positive change; therefore I’ve been trying to simulate the lack of it as much as possible.
So when I was given the opportunity to fly out to LA and participate in a new show for the History Channel, I jumped at the chance. Continue reading “History Channel’s ‘The Selection: Special Operations Experiment’”
Later this week I’ll be counting down 2016’s highest-earning Obstacle Course Racers. While I wait for final numbers to be confirmed I’ll post my initial 6 takeaways.
1. Lindsay Webster had a fantastic year. She won $5,000 or more in 5 different races, making her the most diversified athlete on our list in terms of winnings.
2. TV is where the big money is. Despite a small sample size, OCR athletes have had Continue reading “2016’s Top Earners-Takeaways”
What am I up to these days?
Well, most nights you can find me standing by the west door of the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs.
For 8-11 hours each day I valet at the world’s longest running 5-star, 5-diamond certified resort. Occasionally I drive a McLaren, Ferrari, or Lamborghini, but most of the time its a Nissan or Hyundai. This past week I put in 71 hours. Fascinating, I know. Continue reading “2015 Update- A Running Hiatus”
Update: This event has since been canceled…
Rob and Jill Butler have never been ones to settle. Plenty of hard work has gone into the sport’s first permanent course, Shale Hill, which over time has come to resemble OCR’s version of Disneyland. Visit the course and you’ll find an ever-changing landscape of trails, obstacles, and fitness fanatics spread out over the Vermont landscape.
The 6 mile, 90 obstacle course is home to daily training sessions, workshops, team building events, and races.
But this next summer they have a challenge planned that is poised to shake the industry up. Continue reading “Interview with Rob Butler, Creator of the $300,000 “Put Up or Shut Up” Challenge”
“Insist on yourself; never imitate.” -Emerson.
John and I, despite being very different people, have similar thoughts and tastes; specifically, in literature, although I’ll admit to liking Emerson’s Self Reliance far less than The Poet, and in regards to feelings on technology, as I just celebrated my one-year anniversary since abandoning my cell phone.
The main difference between us is probably an ability to commit fully to an idea and run with it, societal regs be damned. He possesses this. I may or may not have it. But time will tell. Continue reading “Fearless in Self- A Brief Glimpse into John Yatsko’s Journey, Courtesy of Tim Sinnet”
I’m part of a growing group of endurance athletes who don’t have jobs, instead devoting their time to training full-time and chasing minuscule amounts of money around the world. This means travel. Lots of it.
The following are tips I’ve learned regarding traveling cheaply. Continue reading “Traveling and Racing As a Very Poor Person”