Principles of OCR Training: The 4 Keys to Obstacle Racing Success! You can look at OCR Training as an extension of your current training plan (whatever that may be). It’s probably best that you approach your OCR training in that way. It can be overwhelming to realize how many skills, strengths, and abilities you need in order to perform well. The challenges of obstacle racing are varied and require quite a bit of overall fitness. Your current training regimen will make for a nice starting point in your OCR training. Chances are you need a little diversification in your regimen....
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Recovering On The Run
Building your ability to recover on the run is imperative to the obstacle racer. Incorporating strength and muscular endurance training to your normal run training teaches your body to quickly switch energy systems to perform and recover from obstacles.
...it will pay off to focus on speed as much as you do developing endurance.
We all become complacent in our training and need a little time being a little more uncomfortable in order to push our limits.
...elite athletes in endurance sport are reducing their total mileage and trading it for increased intensity of effort. Speed work, high intensity interval training, and optimizing recovery from maximal efforts has produced world class performances in many sports, including Trail Running, IronMan Triathlons and throughout Obstacle Course Racing.
Running is the basis of Obstacle Racing. Speed, Endurance, and Recovery in Motion are aspects of running that must be trained in order to be successful in OCR.
You should develop a strong base of running and continue to improve your speed throughout your OCR training. There is no substitute for the fitness found through running. Running is raw. There is no mechanical advantage, you can’t coast, and you don’t need special equipment to do it. There is skill involved and there are methods to train efficiently.