After a few mud runs or obstacle races, it's easy to catch the bug and dive into the OCR lifestyle. Below is a list of ways to improve your experience in the world of OCR. Pick and choose what works best for you and implement those into your life and racing.
1. No Cotton. The first rule of OCR is to stay away from cotton. Learn what to wear to obstacle races, mud runs and more.
2. Get Some Good Shoes. Forget about wearing the oldest shoes in your closet to your first race, find a good pair of shoes that will take you to the finish line.
3. Train. While most can get off the couch and complete an event, training is extremely important.
4. Learn to Swim. Races have water.
5. Learn the Burpee. It's basically the exercise of the sport.
6. Trail Running. Events are run on non-traditional surfaces and learning to run on trails is a must.
7. Ask Other Athlete for Tips and Experiences. Before signing up for an event ask someone who has done it about the event.
8. Lift Weights. Obstacle Racing requires strength, get in the gym and learn to lift heavy weights. Look into cross training and high-intensity training.
9. Don't Skip Track Days. Track Workouts are extremely important in building speed and endurance. Don't skip the track days.
10. Train With Others. It's just better that way.
13. Do the Penalty. If you fail the obstacle do the prescribed penalty.
14. Take Events Seriously. If its a race then race. It will make you better.
15. Don't Take Events Too Seriously. At the end of the day, it's still about fun and sport should be improving your life. Unless you want to race then do number 14.
16. Help Others. At some point, you will need help too.
17. Warm-up every day before workouts. A good warm up will keep you healthy and happy.
18. Thank Volunteers. They help really make races happen.
19. Volunteer. The best way to grow the community is to give back to it.
20. Recovery. Have a post-race plan to recover.