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I’ve have been training consistently since March of this year for the OCRWC (Obstacle Course Race World Championships) which just occurred at Blue Mountain, Ontario (Oct 14-16) which is beautiful ski resort village not too far north of Toronto.

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This post will focus on the actual weekend experience as I get a lot of questions about these kinds of things (as opposed to the rigorous training and race schedule I followed this year).

Make sure to find the 3 different video link embedded to see some of the action!


How to qualify? 

There are several ways and categories to qualify for this event (visit www.ocrworldchampionships.com to find out more) and since the event is just 3 years old, they are still ironing out the kinks. Many of you reading this who are FF members or people in ‘decent shape’ would be surprised to know that it not very hard to qualify when compared to any other world championship type events. Having ages of 13-50+ give the event a very diverse feel and also enables more likelihood of more participants which helps to put on the expensive event.

What were the events?

On Friday, there was a 3km short course event that ran in heats and contained about 20 obstacles. On Saturday, there was the classic 15km course that had around 50 obstacles.  On Sunday, there was a 3-person team relay event about 5km in distance where each participant had a focused leg on either speed (run fast with easier obstacles), strength (carrying heavy stuff up and down mountain), or technical (lots of upper body rigs).

The 15km Course Map

The 15km Course Map

What were the categories?

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There were PRO divisions for men and women (harder to qualify for) and also Age Group divisions broken down into 5 year increments.  For example, I competed in the Men’s 30-34 age group division (although qualified for PRO did not register on time before it filled up and felt for my first year seeing how I stack up in my age was a good step). Furthermore, there was a Journeyman category where people who did not qualify but still race quite a bit and show a passion for the sport could be considered to race. Overall, there were well over 2,000 competitors. There were over 40 countries represented!

What were the obstacles?

There is lots of info and footage online (OCR World Championships, Mud Run Guide, or Obstacle Racing Media Facebook Pages or websites for example) but there were quite a few different style walls (shorter, taller, ramp, slip etc.), many rigs (think Ninja Warrior, or things where you need to use upper body to monkey around and not fall off), and a variety of other things of which no one really knew much about ahead of time. Some were original obstacles whereas others came from various Race Companies from around the world (i.e. Battlefrog (R.I.P), Savage Race, Toughest…..etc).

The Weaver (over under)

The Weaver (over under)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What if you can’t do an obstacle? 

What I love about this event is that it is “mandatory obstacle completion”. You can’t just do burpees and run away. You can try as many times as you want and keep persevering until you either complete it or you succumb to reality. This results in ones “band” being cut off whereas now you can’t be considered for the prize money or legitimate rankings for the race.  It is a harsh reality but gives you information on what to work for in the future. To avoid people being there all day and for some safety reasons, there was a 5hour course time limit on the 15km (I think so anyways). Hundreds of bands were cut off across the weekend! If you got your band cut, you keep doing the race and giving it your all and hopefully you can complete as many of the rest as possible.

Cut bands after failed rig completions

Cut bands after failed rig completions

What was the most difficult part?

By far for me it was simply trying to get up and down the mountains as the angles and impact on the body is very hard to master without practice and for someone like me who is in his infancy of developing his running game. As I write this 10 days post-race, I still have calf cramps and tightness which is kind of amusing.  I had no issues with any of the man-made obstacles due to my training routine this year which was nice!


Why again do you do this?

Many reasons to be honest but one that may surprise you is related to my mental health. We are focusing on mental health at the gym this month through various activities and charity events so its a good time to bring it up! I am just not the person I want to be mentally/emotionally when I lack consistency in my physical training…ask my wife…its probably a 75% difference in the man she gets to partner with.

Therefore I need something to train for that will get me up and get it done no matter who I feel. I can’t let emotion, motivation, or feelings dictate if I take action or not or else I am in BIG TROUBLE. As soon as I register for an event like this I have something specific to move towards. I make a plan. I train for it because I want to do well, I want to be prepared and every day I train its likely I will eat better and also likely I will go to bed at a good time. This works for me. It is part of the “Johnny Fukumoto Handbook” that is aware of some of my weaknesses and prepares for them.

I don't do it because I enjoy making "race face'

I don’t do it because I enjoy making “race face’

I do enjoy the races and literally overcoming physical situations that can be a metaphor for life’s challenges. I enjoy working towards a goal and seeing small changes over time. I feel a need to demonstrate a work ethic and integrity in an industry where there is very little of that. I like having things in my calendar to look forward to. It is rewarding seeing others try new things in life and as a partial result of my journey.

However, every day I train along the way for this race is a day where my family, my colleagues, the people at our gym, my friends have a higher % chance of getting a better version of me. That is the BOTTOM LINE. That is my WHY.

 

 

 

 


What events did you do? How did they go?

Saturday 15km Race, Men’s 30-34 Category

Time: 2:16:11 Official Result: 31/199 (159 Men completed all obstacles)

Synopsis:

Slow Start But Gaining Ground Very warm day (over 20 degrees) and got off to my usual slower start off the line in about 40-50 place for first few minutes. We hit our first ascent and many men starting to struggle immediately and began walking so focused on guys ahead of me and tried gaining ground step by step. By the time I got to Dragon’s Back where some of my family were waiting maybe 3-4km in I had managed to creep up to about 14th place! Coming up to some steep hills to run down, I decided to run backwards to ease the forces on my quads and knees and found I was passing quite a few people and in little to no discomfort at all but definitely got a few weird looks! I definitely found I was hiking or power hiking more than I would have liked but I was still feeling confident.

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Dragon’s Back

14721479_10155357100984535_9212586963124832888_nReferee Issues and Cramping After another ascent I hit up a Platinum Rig that was very short and a fun challenge. This is where things got interesting…I completed the rig, got my feet over the line and asked the referee if I was good to go and he said “yep!”. Online tracking had me in 17th place at this point about 9km (I was super pumped as I am a strong finisher and was doing better than expected at this point). As soon as I jogged away, another referee came and said I had to go back in the “re-try lane” and do it again and I was baffled. He said I had touched the outside of the apparatus after standing up therefore was relegated to go into a long line of other ‘failed attempters’ which is a big problem. There are usually long lineups and not enough lanes to keep a good flow coming…coupled with the fact that I was cleared to go by the first referee, there was not clarity pre-race or during (in my opinion), and several people around me and in lots of online footage were doing the same thing and being cleared to go. I thought “I’m screwed. My goal is now crushed…and when you’ve put in 100 runs and 120 gym workouts in 7 months up to that point, its a bit upsetting to say the least. I went to back of line (although going into the ‘first attempt’ lanes would have been quicker yet against the rules) and stood there for about 8-10 minutes waiting and beginning to cramp. I got through the 2nd attempt and found myself now in 42nd place.

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Stairway to Heaven (No Legs Allowed)

The Short Platinum Rig

The Short Platinum Rig Mentioned

Coming Back I decided to keep pushing! I got caught in another log jam on the Weaver right after the Platinum Rig before I tried to run hard downhill through windy trails, some of them pretty steep (for a prairie boy at least). In the last km, there were about 7 obstacles (most of them upper body or rig types and you can see a few on the video below) and I pushed HARD. I managed to pass about 10-12 guys in the last 5km of the race and collapsed at the finish line (after winning a great sprint battle with a guy from the Netherlands).

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Urban Sky (Rotates When You Grab)

Content and Frustrated At Same Time! I was happy with my performance but to be honest, quite disappointed with something in the race that was out of my control.  I was proud that I kept my integrity in that instance even though It cost me a top 20 finish and maybe a top 10-15. I had to exercise more patience as I was after the race, incorrectly assessed a 10 minute time penalty and ‘incomplete’ obstacle ruling for another rig that I completed (thus relegating me to 156th and an ‘incomplete’ race status). Thank goodness my little sister had videotaped the obstacle in question which I submitted for review and was approved (that rig completion is on video below)!

THIS LINK SHOW VIDEO CLIPS FROM 15KM EVENT!


Sunday Team-Relay 5km, Men’s Open Category

Time: 42:40:07 Result: 14/111 (85 Teams Completed All Obstacles)

Strangers! I had trouble finding a team for a few months but connected with a few guys a month back and we decided to go for it even though we really hadn’t met each other before! I was supposed to be the ‘speed’ guy as the other 2 are more suited for other things and are more ultra-distance runners in their own right. We called ourself the “Undrafted Canadians” and represented Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.

Wet and Fast Start It was POURING rain for this event which was super fun and actually felt it gave us an advantage as we didn’t really let it affect us too much.  I gunned it off the line and was in about 12-15 in the early minutes. It was very muddy and noticed that many men were having a lot of trouble running down very slippery slopes. Some were falling quite a bit and even beyond the safety tape and into the bush! My shoes were quite good for this event so I just ran with abandon and a few times did a 10-20m butt slide as it was so wet, it seemed like a good tactic.

Team Work!

Team Work!

THIS LINK SHOWS VIDEO CLIP FROM TEAM RELAY!

Tagging Off and Great Finish I only had to hurdle a few small boards, traverse a pretty easy pipe, climb a wall or two, and do Dragon’s Back again in the 3-ish km leg before handing off to my teammate who did a quick rig. We were in 11th place at the time. He then passed the torch to our strength guy who took a 50lb sandbag and trekked a half mile up the mountain and back with some good slipping and sliding along the way. He tagged our technical guy back in and we ran to meeting area near the end as we had to summit a wall maybe 12ft high all together before crossing the finish line. We did it in one fun and epic attempt and then sprinted hand-in-hand across the line for a memorable finish to the weekend!

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Final Thoughts

Excellent Experience Overall, it was a fantastic weekend because I was with my family, the venue was fantastic, the organizers and racers contributed a very special experience, I was injury free and performed to my expectations. I was frustrated by the inconsistencies in the results but want to extend grace as the event is only in its 3rd year and will continue to get better and better.

Apparently I missed the Team Photo!

Apparently I missed the Team Photo!

Let’s do that again I am excited that it may be in the same location next year and will be ready to set new goals (after I rest up a bit!). I also look forward to my wife joining me for a potential co-ed team next year and seeing her develop as an OCR athlete next season after much interrupted training in the last 3 years with the arrival of our 2 boys.

 

 

Allan Ajoy - winner of 2016 OCR Humanitarian Award

Allan Ajoy – winner of 2016 OCR Humanitarian Award 

Humanitarian Night Highlight I also want to mention it was a privilege to attend a dinner highlighting the 2016 OCR Humanitarian Award on the Friday night and connect with a few more people in the OCR community who love helping people, using their strength to do good, to give and not simply just race for themselves. It was an honour to be recognized as a finalist and to anyone reading this who has had any active part in the humanitarian work my blood, friend, and gym families area  apart of, thank you.

This is a professional VIDEO done on the event to give a better vibe!

Thanks for reading and I hope you were informed, encouraged, and perhaps have a fire starting in your heart about something you can work towards no matter what that is! Thanks for my family (especially my wife Jen), friends, and Fukumoto Fitness family for the support and encouragement and for every person who helped with training, childcare, fuel, gear or just a listening ear along the way.

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This past weekend (July 16 and 17), about 35 total FF members completed a Spartan Race (or two) in Grunthal, MB in what was very beautiful weather.

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The Spartan Super (13+km) was held on the Saturday and we had about 15 people challenge that race that saw uneven terrain, sand hills, 3 river crossings, and 29 obstacles including walls, carrying heavy things, balancing, and climbing.

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The Spartan Sprint (5+km) was held on Sunday and we had about 20 people challenge that race which had many of the same obstacles.

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Its hard to explain WHY people sign up to do these things unless you have just done it yourself. You face uncertainties, fears, both physically and mentally…with many people wondering “Am I strong enough to do this?”.

 

 


Below are a few of our clients who’ve sent in some reflection on their experiences. Our racers included those from kids (6 years old all the way to almost 60) and of all fitness levels!

As you read their highlights, challenges, and favourite obstacles you will see the theme of overcoming both mental and physical situations and celebrating progress, not perfection in a supportive community!


Torrey B

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This was the longest race (either road or OCR) I’ve ever run and by far the best race I have been in to date! I loved every step, every obstacle and sadly…every burpee.
It was an amazing day full of perseverance, celebration and inspiration. One that I think may have ignited a monster inside of me. 😛
The OCR training this year helped take my confidence to a whole other level. Don’t get me wrong, I was still a mess of nerves and went through some self-doubt leading up to the race, but I am aware of my ability to complete the obstacles and was able to attempt the ones I didn’t feel so confident about (ultimately, the ones I ended up having penalty burpees on).
One highlight: Crossing the finish line and celebrating with the rest of the team, the camaraderie between all participants and the new friendships you make while on the course. Or how about when the rain stopped, the clouds parted and the sun shined right before the race started.
Favourite obstacle: It’s hard to pick just one, but I’d have to say the Hercules Hoist
One mental hurdle/fear overcame: Failing the spear throw left me feeling crushed and defeated. I was so close, I knew I had it and then the line wrapped about my leg and pulled the spear back. I had a moment of self-doubt moving along to the Hulk Hoist. I had to take a moment to get my head right before I gave the Hulk Hoist a shot. When I pulled on the rope to hoist the sand bag I immediately thought “wholly crap, I don’t think I can do this”. I didn’t expect nor was prepared for how heavy it actually was. I sat there for a second, with the bag hanging 3 inches off the ground and decided it was now or 30 burpees. I chose now, burned my hands and ripped the heck out of my callouses, but I did it and was able to finish the rest of the race with a positive frame of mind.

Kimberly MD

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It was an amazing race.
I was in near tears at the start line from nervousness and fear. I have never run so far in my life, (I usually run 5km races) and the not know what we were going to come across really. But then once we started I just tried to settle in, and go steady paying attention to how I was feeling and take in the beautiful surroundings.
When I got to the traverse wall my calf started seizing up severely and I could see that bell at the end, just wanting to hit it. All our training made me know I could get there if I just kept going and used what we learned to stay close to the wall. Getting to the end and hitting that bell as my calf was burning felt great!

I had to slow my pace a bit, but that was ok, I made it to the finish line in one piece injury free, just a few bruises to wear with pride this week, and feeling a bit like a bad-ass! Aroo!


Shawna P

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It was awesome! I felt stronger than at dirty donkey…was able to run the entire way and only missed ‎2 obstacles. Even the 60 burpees weren’t that bad with my FitFam right there with me (and my son counting for us!). Empowering day and seeing my kids participate made me proud as a mom :). I’ll be back!

 


Coach Steph

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Highlight: It’s always awesome to accomplish something like this but what never fails to keep me smiling long after the race is done are the smiles, pictures and achievements of everyone who participated on either/both days (translation: I spent way too much time of Facebook and Instagram checking out everyone’s pictures and memories)!

Favorite Obstacle: Rope climb.

Mental Hurdle/Fear: I never once told myself “I can’t”. The thought never entered my mind. That’s huge for me. I approached everything knowing I had the ability to complete the task. And even on the 2 obstacles I didn’t complete, I didn’t (and don’t) view it as “failing the obstacle” I see it as an opportunity to challenge myself with burpees (and my ability to count to 30)


Andreina H
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-1 Highlight: The camaraderie, help and encouragement from FF team mates throughout the race.
-Favorite Obstacle: Rope Climb
-Mental Hurdle/Fear: Having to do burpees during a race terrified me and kept me up a few nights, but thankfully I only failed 3 obstacles…way less burpees than I anticipated.

Kevin Saria

Highlight: seeing the elite racers at the start line
Favourite obstacle: Hercules hoist

Mental hurdle: running the 13.5km run


Andrew W

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Highlight- Watching our kids participate in the youth and junior Spartan races. To see them working hard and achieving a goal was the biggest reward of the weekend.
Favourite Obstacle- Hoist. Felt awesome to pull that up to the top.
Mental Hurdle/Fear- Can I compete at some level in this event? What was overcome was that now I have a barometer of where I stand and what I have to do to improve.  The fear has been turned into an understanding of what I need to focus on to obtain a better result.


Leanne B

My highlight was finishing strong. I knew that I would no matter how long it took, but I was glad to finish and feel like I gave it my all.

For me my fav obstacle was the inclined wall (2nd to last), I was tired, I was drenched in mud and I did it on my own and it was tough. Ricky was an awesome partner and helped me over all the walls, but I did that one on my own.

Biggest fear that I overcame was the giant ladder wall. At the top I was pretty shaky and I knew going over the top of it that the obstacle wasn’t there for its physical difficulty but for a mental mind bend. It was high, it was slippery and I was tired and ready for it to be over but I talked myself through it and succeeded.

In the end, I was just so proud to have completed it and done it with my strong partner


Coach Jethro
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Highlight: making the spear throw both days
Favourite obstacle: rig and herc hoist
Hurdle/Fear: despite failing the balance beam again on the second day, I didn’t even let it phase me. I jumped right into burpees and focused on what was ahead of me.

Wayne F

My high lite is finishing 7th place overall in elite!
Favorite obstacle was the spear throw….success this year after having a whole year to think about last years miss

I started the race at the back of the group and stayed there for the first half of the race. I was beginning to think that this wasn’t my day or the field was just to strong to compete against. I kept telling myself to just run my own race and not get caught up in the early sprint. As time went on and we got into some long carries things began to change. The field began to slow down and I was able to keep up my pace. I’m still amazed at how 3×45 minute workouts a week can give me these kind of results. Thank you for challenging me to keep getting stronger:-)


Ricky R
Highlight- was the rope climb, we had the option of choosing without knots in it or with  knots, I heard Johnny voice in my head telling me to push my self, so I decided I would rather fail on the knot free rope rather than succeed on the knots. With about 5 feet to go I was drained, I made sure I got a good “j” hook and just chilled for a second and then in pops Jethro voice telling me to find another gear! This combined with my supportive fiancé cheering me on from below and I managed to hit the bell.
Favourite Obstacle- was the “rig” as it was the only one that I couldn’t do and it challenged my upper body strength like nothing else on the course (and Jethro running over to cheer us on)
Fear/hurdle- for me it was the barb wire crawl, last year I overcame a huge fear by taking part in a swift water rescue training course in Indiana. The crawl reminded

me of that, knowing I couldn’t stand up and just had to push through till the end caused a lot of anxiety for me.


Mike B
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Highlight: Being able to push through on the bucket carry on Saturday. Tough obstacle for me and my back.
Favorite Obstacle: Hercules Pull/Lift ( sand bag & Pulley ) << Loved it.

Mental Hurdle: Just getting there on Sunday! I was so sore, but once I got there, the atmosphere and people made it worthwhile and gave me the boost I needed.

 


Aileen A
The highlight of this day was the simple fact that it was my first Spartan Race, and the atmosphere was amazing! There was great camaraderie all around from both racers and spectators. Although some obstacles were challenging people were motivating and willing to help if needed.
My favourite obstacle was the Hercules Hoist. It was very challenging, but I also found it fun. As you already know, what I most feared going into this race was the water portion of it. Having had a traumatic experience as a child has made me fear swimming and getting into water that went past my chest. When I got to that part of the race, the volunteer had given me the board to assist in floating, but even with that I was internally freaking out, especially with the bottom being so uneven, and not knowing if the next step would be deeper. Luckily, another racer and a fellow Fukumoto Fitness member (Andreina) stayed with me and guided me through the rest of the way. They were so kind and so patient, I will honestly never forget it!

All in all, I enjoyed myself and am looking forward to doing it again next year!


Melodie S
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Highlight – sounds wimpy but just being able to go!  I wasn’t sure I would be able to with a toe injury.   So going and being a part of it was really awesome!  I love our group!
Favorite Obstacle – I think the cement block carry.  I took the men’s weight because I didn’t see the women’s!  That sucker was heavy!   When I was done, a guy said whoah good job on that weight!
Mental Hurdle – Heights!  The really high climbs were mentally challenging for me.

On the height thing, I felt like the OCR stuff really helped me.  At OCR training over the weeks I realized fear was really dwindling. It started loosing its place in my mind.  For me this was such a good accomplishment!


Nicole D

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Highlight: Conquering the Angled Slip Wall (second obstacle before the end) on my third try just because I couldn’t bear to do any more burpees. The encouragement from my FF FamJam before after and during (Jethro cheering me on through my Rings obstacle burpees, Jen letting me know that I was near the end and within shooting distance of making my goal time, Johnny encouraging me through the A-Frame heights… he always seems to appear when I’m freezing up at the top of a wall (12’ wall in the OCR Training yard, high walls in Dirty Donkey).

Favourite obstacle: Aside from the Spear Throw (nailed it!!!)… Inverted Wall because I managed to do it unassisted when I had never done it unassisted in OCR Training (I remembered your advice, Melodie S.)

Mental hurdle/fear that you overcame: Heights (A-Frame, Cargo Net Climb)


Dana W
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YES! It was a blast! It was an amazing weekend. We had some top personal and family moments.
Highlight: Seeing our kids motivated and inspired to do the Youth/Junior Spartan races, and how their accomplishments gave them such joy and life.  (And- hitting my spear throw.)
Favourite Obstacle: Dare I say multi rig?

Mental Hurdle/Fear: Signing up- I was uncomfortable with the uncertainties of what I would face and how I would do


Emily T
I was really happy that I was able to complete the monkey bars and do them really well!  And I was running by myself for most of the race but strangers always offered to help me if I needed help or they thought I might which was nice because I’m too shy to ask.  I liked a lot of the obstacles. One that I really liked was the really tall triangular thing we had to climb over.  I’m not a huge fan of heights (climbing the rope at the gym is terrifying) but this obstacle was fine because of all the times I’ve gone over the 12 ft ladder at the gym.  And I wasn’t feeling 100% that morning but I am very glad I did the race, even though I didn’t push myself very hard with the running.

It was a blast!  I’m looking forward to running it again next year!


Stephanie D
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– Highlight: completing the transverse wall when I fell off last year
– favourite new obstacle was the hercules hoist, or whatever that one was called
– motivation for next year – conquering the rope climb!
 

Alissa OB

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My favourite obstacle (even though I wasn’t able to complete it) was the Hercules Hoist. Moving forward, I’m feeling challenged and am excited to get advice and work on my technique at next years OCR training  after Johnny and Travis build a similar obstacle in the “outback” – Hint! Hint! Hehe
My highlight from the race (aside from completing the race) was completing the Traverse Wall.
My biggest mental hurdle was actually getting the courage to sign up for the Spartan Super in the first place. I have a lot of work ahead of me to improve for next years race but in the end, I am so happy with the outcome !

Aroo!!!


Melanie B
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I was so happy I came to a training session or I would never have completed the 90degree turn on the transverse wall.

Not that there weren’t very scary parts to the race, but one of my main fears is getting lost!! Was very thankful to have the chance to meet at the gym and caravan

 


Alex R

Two highlights for me – made the spear throw and the fact that I am alive and doing this – sounds weird I know – but I am weird that way.


Ryan M
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1 Highlight: being my first ever OCR, the entire day was a highlight, but I’ll go with  killing all the ladders and walls.
Favourite Obstacle: there was a few, they were all fun and challenging! but I’ll go with the Hercules Hoist.

Mental fear/ Hurdle: I’ve overcome a lot of self doubt and anxiety.  I’m a very self conscious person.  I remember writing my name down to sign up for the race back in March, I needed reassurance from coach Barbara.  Then I emailed Johnny once I signed up for OCR training to once again get reassurance. Fast forward to yesterday.. amazing experience! I even ran the race shirtless… (for me, that’s a huge mental hurdle to be confident in my self, my image and my abilities).  If you were to tell me that I’d of done this 17 months ago, I wouldn’t of believed it for a second. Have the Fukumoto Team to thank for all the support


Travis C

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I did not have a fear or hurdle either but more like a story…….i ran to the 8’ wall to scale it jumped, grabbed it with both my hands and got one leg hooked at the top….then the race official said hold on you cant do that. As I am still hanging there he got up walked over to me and asked if I used the 45 degree cross brace to boost myself ( keep in mind im still hanging there) I said no, then he just says ok keep going! So I got myself over the rest of the way and kept going! I don’t know how long I was hanging there , im thinking 10-15 seconds but it felt like an eternity!…….so this could be considered the highlight and hurdle!

 


Cathy D

my highlight was getting the spear throw – first time ever in my life.  Grateful for Johnny’s advice to take the time to catch my breath and not hurry through it.  I was for sure doing a happy dance – though not for too long because I still had racing to do.

My mental hurdle was at the 8 foot wall. In OCR training I’ve always used the 2×4 assist to get my hands to the top of the wall.  If I can get to that point, I know I can get over.  The 2×4 assist at the race was too high for me to use.  I was convincing myself that there was no way I was going to be able to jump high enough to get my hands on the top of the wall – and was just going to get right to the penalty burpees.  At which point I decided to have a positive mind set – and at least try…. and I GOT IT!!!!!!!!


Gerry D

Loved the 115 lb rope pull. mental hurdle was the spear throw which was sucessfull


Coach Johnny
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I was very encouraged that I felt good on back-to-back days as it was affirmation for the training and lifestyle choices I’ve been making on an ongoing basis. I always feel so much pride of those in our community who give these races a try and furthermore, seeing about 6-10 kids do it and look up to their parents in this way.
My favourite obstacle was the rig because I’ve had trouble with these all year and it makes it more satisfying to complete it successfully. (but felt most badass doing the Hercules Hoist).

Mentally, I continue to struggle with comparing to the pro racers and how I fall short as opposed to focusing on the victories I do have. I did everything I could possibly do on both days and I’m excited to make a plan moving forward to get even better!


We look forward to what these challenges bring out of you as it usually is something BETTER and something exciting that can translate into other areas of your life.

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Its been a few weeks already but just wanted to highlight how awesome our community did at the Dirty Donkey 5km Mud Run this year at the Assiniboine Downs on June 25th!

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10 amazing facts about our group:

-we had about 70% people (out of the 100+) who were doing this for the very first time!

-we had some who have done 2, 3, 4, or even 5 Dirty Donkey events since 2012!

-we had 35 friends/family who joined our team who are not usually a part of the FF community!

-we had 12 people who took up the challenge to do the Kickass Heat (with some tougher challenges)

-we had people ranging from teenagers, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s…and 3 who turn 60 this year or next!

-we had husbands and wives, mother-daughter, mother-son, father-son, father-daughter, sisters, aunt-nephew, co-workers and many more awesome combos!

-we had many different fitness levels which is awesome! (we had 5 of the top 10 finishes in the Kickass Category and the first and “last” place in the regular 5km)

-some people have been registered for 8 months while some registered just that week!

-there was huge dance party and cheer in front of the DJ booth before the race that was awesome to be apart of (and those running the Kickass Heat could hear it…sent chills down the spine!)

CLICK HERE TO SEE CHEER!

EVERYONE had a mixture of excited and nervous and overcame both mental and physical hurdles that day


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The race included very wet sand from the storm the night before as well as carrying cinder blocks, crawling under things, a potato sack hop, going over various height walls, crawling under barbed wire, carrying jugs up stairs, crawling over a cargo net on a transport truck, pulling through mud, monkey bar apparatus, doing many squats in the bleachers, carrying a water tube over a balance beam and more!


May FF members commented on how the OCR Training we did Tuesday evening was extremely helpful in preparing physically and mentally to get through the event (and many said that what we do is much more difficult!).

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Of very special note, Coach Barbara went through the course with her daughter Lisa. Lisa persevered with amazing resolve and they did the entire 5km together and were a definite inspiration and proud representation of what “better together” means at Fukumoto Fitness.

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It was great to see a bunch of you write down a highlight on the poster at the gym to celebrate your experience. Too often we don’t document and reflect on things and when things are a bit rough in life, we have trouble acknowledging the amazing things we’ve been apart of for encouragement and motivation.

 

 

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We hope you were challenged, inspired, and look forward to next year and perhaps other challenges you can sign up for to pull the best out of you in life!

There is a big album on the Fukumoto Fitness facebook page of more photos!

Thank you very much for all who came and cheered us on and supported us on that day!

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We are a caring community of genuine people who want to meet you where you are so that we can live better together!

At Fukumoto Fitness, we strive to create a place where you experience dynamic coaching, efficient training, effective accountability, and feel safe yet challenged.

We are DIVERSE yet we are one FAMILY.

We are about RESULTS but are MORE than ‘just fitness’.

We CELEBRATE your story. We are about long-term PROGRESS, not perfection.

We are excited about your STRENGTH. We EMBRACE flaws.

It’s about what you CAN do today.

We are committed to being a HIGHLIGHT of your day.

We are committed to being a part of CHANGING YOUR LIFE.

We are better together!


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