Strength & Speed
Ep 135: Expedition Length Adventure Racing & COVID in Elite Athletes with WTM Champion Stefanie Bishop

Ep 135: Expedition Length Adventure Racing & COVID in Elite Athletes with WTM Champion Stefanie Bishop

August 8, 2020

2016 World's Toughest Mudder Champion and 4x Death Race finisher Stefanie Bishop is a pro/elite level adventure racer who specializes in expedition length racing (that's like 3-7 days in length).  Long Island natives, Evan and Stef talk training for multi-day events, mental aspects of racing that long, using the "bathroom" while racing, her future plans in Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) and her recent battle with COVID-19 (including if she is experience long term effects).  Plus, plans for the future OCR-windwood band start to take shape.

 

Episode brought to you by Compex, makers of Electrical Muscle Stimulators (EMS) and the Fixx massage gun.

 

Music provided by Dino Sino (check out his YouTube page here)

Ep 134: The Future of OCR Media with Stoke Shed’s Bobby & Victoria Ross

Ep 134: The Future of OCR Media with Stoke Shed’s Bobby & Victoria Ross

July 30, 2020

Bobby & Victoria Ross run the Tulsa based film making company, Stoke Shed who often cover aspects of the sport of Obstacle Course Racing (OCR).  We often hear opinions of OCR media coverage from other athletes and rarely from the people who craft the art themselves.  This makes Bobby and Victoria's opinions especially valuable as we discuss race coverage, Spartan National Series, documentaries, music videos, producing American Ninja Warrior submission videos, quality and where OCR based video coverage should be headed. 

 

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Episode brought to you by OOFOS, the most comfortable shoe or sandal you can own (stick around to the end of the episode to hear more about them).

Music provided by Dino Sinos

Ep 133: Army Ranger & Spartan Pro Mark Gaudet on Mental Toughness

Ep 133: Army Ranger & Spartan Pro Mark Gaudet on Mental Toughness

July 19, 2020

Army Ranger and Spartan Pro Mark Gaudet joins Evan to talk crossover points between combat, military training, Ranger School and Obstacle Course Racing (OCR). The two share some "fun" Ranger School stories, talk about "The Army's Obstacle Course", the Darby Queen, and deep dive into Mark's champion mindset, mental toughness along with not quitting.  As a 4x competitor at the Best Ranger Competition and Afghanistan war veteran Mark has a lot of great knowledge that his led to huge success in OCR including being on the Spartan Pro Team, currently in 7th at the Spartan US National Series, 4th at World's Toughest Mudder and a whole lot more.  

 

Episode brought to you by Hammer Nutrition, use ref#240887 for 15% off your first order from www.HammerNutrition.com

Ep 132: Christopher “Beard” Accord: The History of BattleFrog & the Future of OCR

Ep 132: Christopher “Beard” Accord: The History of BattleFrog & the Future of OCR

July 8, 2020

You might remember Christopher "Beard" Accord when he took your band at BattleFrog back in 2015/2016.  CTG Pro Evan Perperis sat down to talk to him about what was really going on behind the scenes, what decisions were good/bad, BattleFrog's plan for their TV show and if the brand still technically exists. Afterwards they talk the future of OCR and what his amazing fiance Amy Winters is up to in the endurance world.

 

Episode brought to you by Elite Ops Energy Strips, use code CTG10 for 10% off every order.

Music provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush

Ep 131: Is OCR Dead? with Mud Run Guide’s Brett Stewart

Ep 131: Is OCR Dead? with Mud Run Guide’s Brett Stewart

June 27, 2020

Ep 131: Co-founder of the largest OCR media website, Mud Run Guide, Brett Stewart joins Evan to talk about the current state of the OCR industry.  The two talk past (Warrior Dash World Championship, BattleFrog, rise/fall of races), present (OCR PQ, changes brands have made) and future (what to do to support brands).  Ultimately they attempt to answer the lingering question, "Is OCR Dead?"

 

Mud Run Guide articles referenced:

     It's Complicated

     Supporting Brands in 2020

     Going to the Xtreme: Do I Need to Shave My Body?

Mud Run Guide's Ultimate OCR Bucket List hard copy and digital book

Ultra-OCR Man book, digital book and audio book

 

Episode brought to you by Rapid Reboot, the best recovery product money can buy and something you can put in your home/easily bring with you to races.

Music provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush

Ep 130: Blind Man Running with OCR’s Pete Cossaboon & SGX Coach Christy Chapman

Ep 130: Blind Man Running with OCR’s Pete Cossaboon & SGX Coach Christy Chapman

June 17, 2020

(Updated: Delete and re-download if the guest audio sounds very low)

Visually impaired runner, known famously throughout the OCR world as "Blind Pete" joins Evan to talk about upcoming projects he has for 2020 and beyond.  The two are joined by one of Pete's guides Spartan SGX Certified coach Christy Chapman who is also his business partner for "Blind Man Running".  Blind Man Running is taking virtual events up a level requiring you to do them completely blind adding a new challenge to even the simplest tasks.  Plus, Pete shares his long term plans including running on water.

 

Episode brought to you by Juice Performer.  Use code CTGPROJP for 15% off all Juice Performer products from Amazon including: Cherry Performer , Beet Performer and Beet Performer with Pineapple!

Music provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush

Ep 129: Hyrox Champion Morgan Schulz & Endurance Functional Fitness

Ep 129: Hyrox Champion Morgan Schulz & Endurance Functional Fitness

June 8, 2020

Morgan Schulz has already made a big impact in the OCR and HYROX worlds.  In 2019 she had 4x1st place, 3x2nd place, 1x3rd place Spartan finish as well as finishing 7th at Spartan's North American Championship.  She recently switched her focus to HYROX where she won Dallas doubles competition and narrowly missed a world record.  Strength & Speed athlete who competed in HYROX virtual competition Kelly Williams joins Evan as a cohost.  The three talk hybrid athletics, functional fitness, overcoming injury, horror movies and more.  Plus, Morgan shares some very personal stuff and how she managed to overcome it returning to top form.

 

Episode brought to by VJ Shoes making OCR shoes with #BestGriponthePlanet

Music provided by Marc Capaldo (my Halloween Haunted Host co-host) and singer for Madison Ambush

 

 

Ep 128: #RunTheDate with Beer Drinking Ultra-Athletes Gary Shaw & Nicole Fleming

Ep 128: #RunTheDate with Beer Drinking Ultra-Athletes Gary Shaw & Nicole Fleming

May 17, 2020
Gary Shaw and Nicole Fleming are a power couple with impressive ultra-distance race resumes includes podium finishes at 100 mile races as well as top finishes in Ultra-OCR such as Tough Mudder's World's Toughest Mudder (Nicole 7th) and OCR World Championships Enduro (Gary 12th Elite and Nicole 1st 40-49 AG). They can also power through some short stuff too including a string of podiums in the beer mile (four beers and four laps of the track). However, in April of 2020 they took on the insane #RunTheDate challenge where they ran the number of miles equivalent to the date. They join Evan Perperis to talk about training, racing and preparing for such crazy endeavors. Plus, there is some funny/enjoyable digression at the end of the podcast about non-OCR "fun" stuff.
 
Gary also followed it up with a 42 mile run on the 31st day, then on May 16th did 24 beers / 24 miles / under 24 hours. He demolished the previous known record of 14 hours with a 9.5 hour finish and without going to the hospital or throwing up. ***Don't try this***
 
Episode brought you by the best anti-chaffing product on the market, Squirrel's Nut Butter
 
Music by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush
Ep 127: The Greek God Papadon & Following Your Dreams

Ep 127: The Greek God Papadon & Following Your Dreams

May 5, 2020

Professional wrestler and multi-time champion The Greek God Papadon blesses the Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) audience with his presence in this crossover sport episode.  Papadon has been pro wrestling for 20+ years, appeared in the movie The Wrestler and is the greatest unsigned talent today.  He joins Evan to talk training, comparisons between OCR and wrestling (i.e. unification of a single brand similar to WWE and Spartan), following your dreams, dedication and much more. 

 

Episode brought to you by RockTape, stay race or wrestle ready with RockTape's tape and training products like Assassin Knee sleeves.

Music provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush

Ep 126: Spartan Pro Immie Cross & Going Pro

Ep 126: Spartan Pro Immie Cross & Going Pro

April 24, 2020

Spartan purist and 2nd year veteran of the Spartan Pro Team, Immie Cross, joins Evan to talk Obstacle Course Racing (OCR).  She runs through her tryouts for the Spartan Pro Team, how she found OCR, what makes her keep coming back, how she finally conquered one of her most challenging obstacles and a ton of great mental tips for racing/training.  Plus, the two talk Spartan World Championship, global travel and lots more. 

 

Episode brought to you by YOLKED, protein's perfect partner.  Use code Strength20 for 20% off every order from www.Yolked.com

Music provided by Marc Capaldo of Madison Ambush

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