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Two Vital Skills You Must Master To Crush Your OCR

Written By: Evan Cook

It's finally here…the day of reckoning.

You've trained.

You've prepared.

You're ready to go. 

Congratulations, you're about to embark on your very first obstacle course race. 

And for those of you OCR veterans out there, it doesn't matter if you've run one before. The only one that matters is the one right in front of you. 

It's go time. You line up in the coral with over 100 other warriors. The music is loud. The MC is louder. The energy is through the roof. 

Here we go. It's go time. The horn goes off, you're off running and ohhhhh sweet mama you're feelin’ good. 

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But then it hits you.

That nagging knee that hasn't been bothering you decides to start acting up. 

Or that brand new hydration pack rips and you're stuck without water in 100 degree heat. 

Or maybe your latent exercise induced asthma starts to flair up a bit.

What do you do? Is it already time to throw in the towel?


You're going accept your situation, my friend, and then you're going to adapt. 

I don't care how physically fit you are. I don't care how mean you train or how clean you eat. 

If you don't master these two skills, then you're going to struggle…Hard! 

You may have heard the saying, and I'm paraphrasing here; it's not the strongest who survives but he who can most readily adapt. 

Boy howdy if this isn't applicable in OCRs then I don't know what is. 

Before you can adapt you have to accept what's going on. Shit happens. Deal with it (accept). Time for plan B (adapt). Or hell, you might already be down to plan Q. Good for you. You have plenty of letters and combos to go. 

No two OCRs are the same. You're going to have to adapt to the terrain, the obstacles, and however your body and mind are performing that day. 

So, how do you go about developing these two skills?

The best way to work on accepting and adapting are to train in less than ideal situations. When I'm out on training runs, I purposely run off the road or on anything that gets me out of that running zone. No autopilot here. 

I also love to train in the shittiest weather possible. Snow, ice, torrential downpours...bring it on.

Because consider this, if your training runs are always on blue bird days, what happens when it's pouring on race day?

OCRs are one of the most exciting ways to push and test yourself physically and mentally while still having an amazing time with people who want nothing more than to see you succeed. 

So, my friends, are you ready? Are you ready to accept whatever is thrown at you? Are you ready to take it in stride and adapt as you go? I think you're ready.

Let's do this!

Evan T. Cook is a Human Optimization Coach who helps powerful people build an unbreakable mind, body, and life. Sign up for the Unbreakable Newsletter at: www.EvanTCook.com/subscribe or check out www.AthleticInstinct.com where he trains local warriors in the art of Unconventional Training. Also, be sure to follow Evan on Twitter and Instagram: @EvanTCook.