Ep 42: S&S Athlete Chris Balven & The Abominable Snow Race

February 18, 2018

Strength & Speed Dev Team and Battle Corps Athlete Christopher Balven joins Evan to talk abou their first race of 2018, The Abominable Snow Race in Lake Geneva, WI.  Also in this episode Chris talks about Dirt Runner's DRX Games (an OCR Skills competition in Marseilles, IL), the expanding local OCR scene in Wisconsin Area (Highlander, Frontline) and the first OCR buyout of The Battlegrounds.  Evan chimes in with his solution to bigger brands buying up local venues.


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Intro from Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush.


Bonus1: Winter Olympics Special with Marco Bedard

February 7, 2018
In our first ever bonus podcast, NorthmanRace's Marco Bédard joins Evan to talk behind the scenes at the Winter Olympics just in time for 2018's opening ceremonies in South Korea. As a biathlete at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Marco had a behind the scenes look at the experience, the training, the support, the ceremonies and he even shares some thoughts on the wild post-Olympic parties.
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Intro/Outro courtesy of Marc Capaldo and Madison Ambush

Ep 41: Hybrid Athlete Corinna Coffin the TMX & Broken Skull Champion

February 7, 2018

Tough Mudder X Champion, reigning Broken Skull Champion and former BattleFrog Pro Corinna Coffin joins Evan and Brenna to talk how she trains to win everything from Crossfit competitions to top level Obstacle Course Races.  Also, Brenna gets her first taste as solo podcast host halfway through the episode.  For more information on Corinna and her training read about her in an interview in the back of "Strength & Speed's Guide to Elite OCR".


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Intro/Outro from Marc Capaldo and Madison Ambush.  


Ep 40: Luc Labonte & an OCR Athlete’s Diet

January 30, 2018

Nutritionist and Strength & Speed Athlete Luc Labonte joins Evan for a discussion on popular diets and the benefits/negative aspects of using them for an OCR athlete's diet.  If you enjoy this episode don't miss the S&S articles section of the website which includes several articles by Luc with another one publishing next month.  


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Intro/Outro courtesy of Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush


Ep 39: Marco Bedard & The Northman

January 10, 2018

Former Canadian Olympic Biathlete, former BattleFrog Pro Team Athlete and owner of the Northman race Marco Bedard joins Evan to discuss starting his own race series.  Includes details about the unique aspects of the Northman race, the Northman marathon, how his series has a historical background, the Northman Team and future plans for the race series 


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Intro/Outro courtesy of Marc Capaldo from Madison Ambush.


Ep 38: Jarrett Newby & Motocross/Newbsanity’s Worst Birthday Ever

January 1, 2018

Owner of Binghamton, NY's permanent OCR facility Newbsanity, Jarrett Newby joins Evan for an episode talking about lessons learned from motocross that can be applied to OCR, his top ten finish at both 3k OCR World Championships and the 24 hour long World's Toughest Mudder and Newbsanity's Worst Birthday Ever.  Worst Birthday Ever is kind of like Death Race but you are treated the worst and your family/friends can watch.  Plus, Jarrett shares his tradition of his off podium finisher pictures.


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Intro/Outro from Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush.


Ep 37: Allison Tai & Spartan’s 24 hr Iceland Race

December 21, 2017

In a uniquely formatted episode, one of the best Ultra-OCR athletes Allison Tai joins host Evan Perperis for a pre/post race interview regarding Spartan's 24 hour Iceland World Championship race.  The first 20 minutes were recorded a week before the race and the second half of the episode was recorder a week and a half after the race.  Allison talks expectations, performance and how it all played out.


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Intro/Outro provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush.


Ep 36: OCR & Doping II: Human Lie Detector

December 13, 2017

In what will most likely be our most controversial and downloaded episode ever, Evan uses his personal experiences from Iraq and research done on tells of lie detection to analyze the Ryan Woods failed doping result from OCR World Championships 2017.   Thanks to the Obstacle Racing Media and Link Endurance podcasts for the use of their audio.  


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Outro music provided by Marc Capaldo and Madison Ambush.


Ep 35: Margaret Schlachter & the 1st Pro OCR Athlete

December 2, 2017

Editor in Chief of Mud Run Guide and the 1st Pro OCR Athlete, Margaret Schlachter gives Brenna and Evan a history lesson in the sport of OCR.  If you are curious about the early days of the sport, what the first Spartan Race ever was like and how Margaret made the leap from a hobby to a full time job racing/in the media, this episode is a must listen.


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Ep 34: OCR & Doping

November 22, 2017

The day of recording, Ryan Woods became the first athlete in OCR to fail a drug test.  He said he accidentally confused DHEA with DHA.  Nutritionist Luc Labonte and trainer Jared Renyer join Evan to talk about this news, providing their opinions and what is the likelihood of this happening to someone.  This was easily the most uncomfortable and hardest topic to talk about on air but we at S&S view it as necessary.  Education is the first step in anti-doping and we hope this podcast helps more than it hurts.


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