Author Archives: Jeff Cain

Time to Spartan Up!

Do you “want something more out of life than comfort, mediocrity, and a fancy toilet bowl brush”? I will be the first to admit that I didn’t have high expectations for the soon-to-be-released book, Spartan Up!, by Joe DeSena and Jeff [...]
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Crunching numbers on Spartan competition

Are the Spartan Race elite heats becoming more competitive?  While the answer to that question seems to have an obvious and logical answer, there has been no actual analysis of data to prove it, so I put on my academic hat and went to work.  Yes, [...]
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A jump rope and a smile

1 jump rope.  1 smile.  That’s all you need.  Oh, and you’ll need some water.  Definitely water.  You should probably have a towel too.  And bring a can of “Don’t Quit”. I rarely post anything training related anymore [...]
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Bev Watson: Resume of Excellence

When Bev Watson crossed the Arizona Spartan Super finish line in 2012 as the 14th female overall, she knew she belonged in the elite heat.  A few short months later, she was regularly standing on the podium and won her first Spartan Race in Montana in [...]
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Reebok All Terrain OCR Shoe Review

The vivid colors of the Reebok All Terrain obstacle racing shoe say “I’m pretty.  Look at me.”  But the rest of the shoe screams “I want to obliterate dirt and mud and ravage any earthly element put before me! Turn me [...]
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When Obstacle Racers are Normal

Salt Lake City June 29, 2013 Post-party for the Utah Spartan Beast at Margaret Schlachter’s and Forrst Call’s home .  No sodas or juice boxes were to be found - thirst quenched instead by coconut water.  No television chattering in the [...]
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Steroid use in OCR?

Will doping become an issue within the OCR community or is it already there?   Let me be clear that I am making no suggestions.  In my heart I believe OCR is a clean sport, but if we compare ourselves to Crossfit and triathlons (which we often do), [...]
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110% PlayHarder Bandit Review and Raffle

When 110%PlayHarder sent me this fabric thingy they call a ‘Bandit‘, I didn’t even know what it was.  What was I supposed to do with it?  Honestly, I thought I would never use it, but then the cold of winter hit central Kentucky and I [...]
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Beast Mode Off

Laird Hamilton, who is often quoted by obstacle racers for his approach to fitness, included the following nugget of wisdom as his 6th Fitness Law. “This is something I’m trying to learn: how to rest. Going full steam ahead all the time is not [...]
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Obstacle Racing in Perspective

“Child, you have to learn to see things in the right proportions. Learn to see great things great and small things small.”― Corrie Ten Boom WARNING:  Strong opinions ahead.  Read with caution! Obstacle racing is growing at a blistering pace.  Media [...]
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