Today I’m going over the fire and through the mud with elite Obstacle Course Racer Mike Ferguson.
Prepare for the Unknown
Clearly there are many differences between competing in an OCR event and a standard road or trail race.
Outside of the obstacles, the biggest difference is not knowing the distance of the race.
For the events that Mike runs, he doesn’t know at the start of the race how far he is going to have to go on any particular day. At the start of the race, he will have a window where he knows that the finish line will be somewhere between 7 and 10 miles (as an example).
If you’re just in the race to run it, that’s one thing. But for a guy like Mike that is trying to win every event he enters, this unknown can be an issue.
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