Traveling and Racing As a Very Poor Person

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


Dubai Part 2- Bittersweet Views From the Top of the World

Upon returning to the states this February I sat down and attempted to sum up my week in Dubai. But poor photo quality and a hectic travel schedule led me to shelve the piece. This week I stumbled upon the draft and decided to publish it. It’s part photo-diary, part critique. For insight into the previous two days of travel and the race, click here.

By the time the awards were through it was already late afternoon. I was a mess: sweaty and covered with sand, mud, and blood, and beat from the previous two nights without sleep. In short, I was in desperate need of a shower and rest. Continue reading

Motivation After Setbacks

And we’re back with another generically titled post.

This past summer I decided to start a blog. So I went ahead and bought a domain and hosting. The name? The Doystoyevsky-inspired TheBrothersKraker.  I figured my brother and I would end up using it for one thing or another; we had a couple of business ideas in the wings, including early thoughts on an OCR website and an OCR training-camp (the latter of which has actually become a reality, more on that this weekend) that we’d probably need a website for.

I wrote up 2 month’s worth of blogs, maybe 15-20 separate 1000-3000 word hot takes on things I felt needed to be discussed in the OCR community: where it was doing well, where it wasn’t, what its future held, etc. I had another 5-10 written on sports, travel, and gear reviews. We were all set to launch this spring.

Then I was robbed while in Oakland this winter. I was living out of my backpack at the time, so when it was taken I lost pretty much everything I owned. Among the stolen items was my MacBook. Continue reading

Pop Culture Recap- How to Cheer for Criminals in Sports, and TV has Gotten Really Good

1. This past week news broke that light-heavyweight champ and UFC star/Reebok athlete/Golden Boy Jon Jones was involved in a hit and run accident. In this case, the “run” actually means run, as he was last seen grabbing a wad of cash out of his wrecked rental car and then sprinting away from the scene. I assume he made sure his Reeboks were fully pumped before taking off. Police also found drugs at the scene of the crime. This latest event occurs only a short time after Jones was fined and briefly entered rehab after testing positive for cocaine before his title fight with Daniel Cormier.

Jones is the latest in a long string of high-profile athletes from major American sports to find themselves in legal trouble. I don’t feel like wasting my breath talking about the NFL, but it’s been a rough year for sporting role models. Continue reading

Confronting Fear and Making Changes. Also, is it Possible to Race Well Without Incorporating Running Into Your Program?

“Always do what you are afraid to do” –Emerson

Most people have that one form of cardio that works for them. No matter how tired, stressed out, or lazy they might find themselves, they can jump in a pool, on a bike, or on a rower and mindlessly churn out minutes.

That’s always been running for me. Over the years I’ve followed a pretty simple style of training. I’ve never really lifted, swam, rode a bike, or even gone to a gym.

Nope, I’ve only ever run. Continue reading

Rant of the Week: 5 Things That are Hurting OCR’s Legitimacy

And…we’re back, after a substantial break that I’ll attribute to a terribly crippling bout of lethargy. I thought we’d start this week’s posts off with something fun. Well, maybe “fun” isn’t the right term for it. Stress release is more like it. You see, part of my contract with Spartan involves being active on social media. So I spend time online. But spreading the goodwill of the sport shouldn’t result in interactions that leave me exhausted, right?

So follow along children, its time for old man Kraker to go on a rant. Continue reading

Podcast Time

I’m terribly egotistical, so please do me a favor and listen to Obstacle Racing Media’s newest podcast. This week’s episode has yours truly as the guest star. In it Matt and I talk running, OCR, and blackjack. Afterwards, make sure to send me encouraging messages expounding upon the inspiration that I’ve become to not only you, but also your children and extended family. I promise the universe will you reward your kind acts in due time.


“Frowned upon, but not illegal”. Find out what (non-OCR related) activity McCauley Kraker is talking about on the latest episode of the podcast.…/episode-121-mccauley-krak…/

Dubai, Part 1


Dubai has always been a bucket list item for me. I remember reading Popular Mechanics back in 5th grade and coming across an article on this far-away city that was in the midst of building the world’s tallest tower. It struck a young me as odd that the US didn’t have the world’s tallest building. We were the best at everything, weren’t we? It was my first glimpse at a world unskewed, I guess you could say, by the lenses of American and western superiority that we tend to grow up with here. Needless to say, I’ve been fascinated with the place ever since.

**Don’t care about the back-story? Scroll down until you see bold italicized lettering**

So when I saw a link that David Bohmiller had posted regarding an upcoming race in the Arab Emirates, I knew I had to go.

There was only one problem standing in my way-my fitness. I had a very underwhelming 2014 season, but after getting a couple of stadium sprint victories I was lucky enough to sign with Spartan’s Pro Team in November.  I celebrated by immediately getting injured.  I broke a toe during a heated beach football game during my west coast road trip in December, and didn’t do any training, cross training or otherwise, while it healed. In fact, if I were to race in Dubai, it would only be my 8th run or workout after almost two months of sitting on my butt.

Racing a 5k in less than ideal fitness is rough; racing an obstacle race in the same circumstances is just plain brutal. But there is an important difference between the two: in a track or road race fitness is the ultimate limiter, while in an obstacle race you can make up for lack of aerobic fitness and in doing so so run “above” your current potential. This can be accomplished by being smarter and cleaner through obstacles as well as being just plain tougher than the other competitors. I raced most of last season in less than ideal shape and eventually became used to gutting races out. In doing so, I beat some guys that I wouldn’t have been within a minute and a half of in a 5k.

2014’s experiences gave me a bit of confidence that I could squeak out a top-3 finish against a sub-standard field. But why I thought that there would be a sub-standard field in Dubai with its close proximity to Europe, I have no idea….

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