Team MudGear Blog

Reflecting on 2019 Spartan Champs

Alexandra Walker arrived at Tahoe ready to claim her place among the best OCR women in the world. Read her thoughts and strategy as Alex battled through the freezing championship race.

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October 10 2019, 0 Comments

Recovery 101

The only thing more heartbreaking to an athlete than injury is injury that could have been avoided through proper recovery. It's time to stop shrugging off these time-tested and proven recovery methods.

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October 10 2019, 0 Comments

Continuum - CTG on Steroids

Some obstacle races have eased up after being accused of being too difficult. Conquer the Gauntlet has doubled-down! Breanna "Red Beast" Calvert warns about Continuum: CTG's new multi-lap event.

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July 29 2019, 0 Comments

Where I've Been / Where I'm Going

World Champion athlete and Guinness World Record holder, Morgan McKay shares what drives her, what scares her, and which accomplishments she still hopes to check off her list.

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July 29 2019, 0 Comments

No Mountains to Train On?

Like so many obstacle racers, Kirk DeWindt is trying to train for mountaintop moments in his fairly flat surroundings. Kirk shares 5 simple changes you can make to your training to help get you ready for the mountains.

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June 24 2019, 0 Comments

Thinking Out Loud: Quit or Be Happy?

Jordon Buscemi confronts that voice in all of our heads asking whether we should just give up. Is the risk of failure stronger than the happiness that comes from pursuing our dreams?

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June 05 2019, 0 Comments

Prepare, Race, Repeat

Team MudGear's Lefty Kapanadze shares how he prepares for a race, gives some tips on how to conquer cold swim obstacles, and post-race recovery.

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June 04 2019, 0 Comments

MudGear "On-Location"

MudGear has committed to visiting more races in 2019 via "MudGear On-Location." We're visiting races of all sizes with prizes and cameras in-hand to deliver race day social media and...

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May 29 2019, 0 Comments

The Battle Within

In a sport that thrives on athletes being strong and having your sh-- together, Brenna "Red Beast" Calvert shares a rare glimpse of her more vulnerable side including frequent bouts of depression and anxiety.

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April 23 2019, 0 Comments

Fergy Goes Freestyle

Mike "Fergy" Ferguson tells it like it is about MudGear's Men's Freestyle Race Shorts including what he likes, what he suggests for future modifications, and how MudGear responded to early feedback.

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April 23 2019, 0 Comments

Run for the Hills

While a lot of obstacle racers focus on sheer running endurance and obstacle proficiency, Rea Kolbl shares how to master those dreaded, uphill grinds which separate the good athletes from the great.

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April 22 2019, 0 Comments

MG Compression: Not Just for Mud

Team MudGear's Heather Gollnick reminds us that MudGear tall compression socks aren't just for mud. They're also get the job done on snow and in AIRPORTS! Who knew?

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April 22 2019, 0 Comments

Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Racing OCR successfully requires being uncomfortable...plain and simple! And not the kind of uncomfortable where you merely feel the urge to dial back your effort. OCR requires the kind of...

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April 08 2019, 0 Comments

Coaches, Wearables, and REST

Rebecca Hammond is running more but with less injury, and she credits it to the rest... with permission from coaches and guidance from wearable monitors.

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April 08 2019, 0 Comments

I Train AND SLEEP in Calf Sleeves

Let me tell you why I would take MudGear Compression Calf Sleeves over the $90 pair (other brand) I used to train in.  Not only are MudGear a fraction of the price, but the quality is just as good if not better. Let me explain.

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March 31 2019, 0 Comments

Trail Day / Every Day

I was on the market for a pair of well put together crew socks for the on/off season trail runs/hikes. The moment I put on MudGear’s 1/4 Crew Trail Socks, I knew right then and there that the right purchase was made!

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March 24 2019, 0 Comments

Let Those Biceps Breathe

MudGear has a legit, short-sleeve jersey, but sometimes you want to “bring out the guns.” And when you do, their sleeveless race jersey is second to none. The first detail to notice about MudGear Men’s Sleeveless Fitted Race...

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March 24 2019, 0 Comments

Build a Gorilla Grip

  by Morris “Mo” Brossette | You need two things in order to successfully complete an obstacle course race. 1-you need to be able to run/walk, obviously to get you...

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March 07 2019, 0 Comments

Smooth is Fast

Speed is a tricky thing. Like anything else in life, it comes at a cost. In this case, the cost is energy. However, we can’t just spend more and more energy in order to receive more...

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February 28 2019, 0 Comments

How to Start Running

It is, after all, a large majority of an obstacle course race. However, it can be one of the hardest skills to master, unless you do it properly. I am talking about running of course.

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February 28 2019, 0 Comments

How to Climb a Rope

It is one of the main obstacles that strikes fear in many OCR athletes, and is one of the primary obstacles athletes ask to work on when they come to one of my clinics or classes.

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February 28 2019, 0 Comments

Conquer Your First Obstacle Race

2016 is here, and before we know it the obstacle racing season will be blooming with the Spring flowers (and mud). So if you’ve made it past the first step of...

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February 28 2019, 0 Comments

Mistakes Happen: Learn from Them

A journal entry from Ashley Samples (Photo credit: Jocelyn Giancarlo) One of the things I’ve learned in life is that we learn from our experience and the mistakes we have...

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February 28 2019, 0 Comments

A Long Way from Georgia

A journal entry from Lefty Kapanadze I was born and raised in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. In a family with an athletic background, I was the only one to battle...

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February 28 2019, 0 Comments

Explore the World on Two Feet

I just returned from my vacation in Europe, and after over two weeks of a break -my fitness is at the same level as when I left.

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February 28 2019, 0 Comments

Tiffany Palmer

Since earning a podium finish at her first ever Spartan Race, Tiffany Palmer has become a respected racer and trainer who has led the pack at dozens of Spartan, Savage and OCRWC races including traveling to London in 2018 to represent Team MudGear.

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February 27 2019, 0 Comments

Tia Reagan

Tia began running competitively in high school and immediately developed a passion for the sport. Her success led her to train with an Olympic Development team sponsored by Adidas in Austin, Texas. Tia focused on the 5000 meters and 10,000 meters. She has a 5k PR of 15:47 and a 10k PR of 33:15. Tia is excited about her transition from the roads and track to obstacle course racing.

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February 27 2019, 0 Comments

Ryan Kent

Ryan Kent has won over 30 elite Spartan Races and has proven to be one of the most versatile athletes in the sport. Whether competing in a 13 mile Spartan Beast or a 3 mile Stadium Sprint, Ryan enjoys all of it and quite often finds himself on the podium.

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February 26 2019, 0 Comments

Rebecca Hammond

Rebecca Hammond entered the OCR world in March 2018 and shocked the everyone with second place finishes at Spartan North American Championships, Spartan World Championships and OCR 3k World Champs. Now in her sophomore season, Hammond has quickly evolved from "dark horse" to crowd favorite.

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February 26 2019, 0 Comments

Rea Kolbl

Rea Kolbl discovered OCR in 2016 as a perfect blend of her childhood obsession with sports and adult passion for trail-running. She quickly established herself as an elite competitor and acquired many of the sport's highest honors and most coveted victories.

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February 26 2019, 0 Comments

Morgan McKay

Morgan McKay is a Guinness World Record holder and elite ultra distance OCR athlete. Team MudGear's only Canuk has made a name for herself internationally both at WTM...

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February 26 2019, 0 Comments

Mike Ferguson

Mike Ferguson is the definition of dedication, discipline, hard work, and focus. If you're fortunate enough to race side-by-side with him, you'll recognize "Fergy" as a genuine...

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February 26 2019, 0 Comments

Michelle Brook

Michelle Brook began obstacle racing in 2017 after struggling with depression and anxiety. Since then, she has become a powerhouse of an open-wave athlete.

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February 26 2019, 0 Comments

Lefty Kapanadze

Lefty Kapanadze survived sepsis, chronic bronchitis and frequent pneumonia as a kid growing up in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. His father/coach pushed him to his limits...

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February 26 2019, 0 Comments

Kirk DeWindt

Kirk DeWindt is climbing the OCR ranks and competing w/ the best in this sport. His true passion lies with helping others live healthful lives through functional fitness & whole food

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February 26 2019, 0 Comments

Jordon Buscemi

Jordon Buscemi recalls a fun childhood full of adventure and competition. So, it's no surprise that he fell in love with OCR... a sport that lets him be a kid every race weekend.

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February 26 2019, 0 Comments

Ian Hosek

Ian Hosek was born in the Rockies of Montana, surrounded by mountains and grizzly bears. He grew up in the outdoors and ran his first mud run in 2011. Today, Ian is full-time OCR elite

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February 26 2019, 0 Comments

Heather Gollnick

Heather has been involved in endurance sports her entire life. She has inspired many as a racer, coach, motivational speaker and author. Heather raced as a professional triathlete

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February 26 2019, 0 Comments

Eddie Salinas

Eddie Salinas was introduced to OCR in the spring of 2017, instantly fell in love with the sport, got his first OCR podium and qualified for the North American OCR Championships

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February 26 2019, 0 Comments

Brenna Calvert

Brenna 'Red Beast' Calvert is a 31 year old elite obstacle course racer, builder, and media queen. Brenna co-hosts the Strength and Speed podcast and regularly provides the OCR

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February 26 2019, 0 Comments

Ashley Samples

Since her 2012 debut, Ashley Samples has run hundreds of obstacle races with wins on 3 different continents. She became a mother in 2016 but quickly returned to racing with great

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February 26 2019, 0 Comments

Brakken Kraker

Brakken Kraker has over eighty podium finishes in his career including more than 50 first-place victories. Though a veteran to the sport, Brakken should always be considered a

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February 26 2019, 0 Comments

Alexandra Walker

Alex Walker jumped into the OCR scene in 2014 and quickly became the favorite at most Texas OCRs. She’s a huge fan of heavy grip-type races and recently found a new passion for...

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February 25 2019, 0 Comments

Man on a Mission

I left the 2017 Spartan World Championship feeling disappointed after never truly attacking the course, finishing 85th, and with energy still in the tank.

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October 11 2018, 0 Comments

More than Mud - Janet Gubser

More than Mud is an article and interview series dedicated to documenting the incredible characters and stories that we come across in the world of OCR and outdoor adventure and...

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May 18 2017, 0 Comments

More than Mud - Paul Ryan

How Did You Get Into OCR Racing? I was looking for something after my mom died from a brain tumor. I made a decision that I needed to start truly...

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May 04 2017, 0 Comments

More than Mud: David Fatula

More than Mud is an article and interview series dedicated to documenting the incredible characters and stories that we come across in the world of OCR and outdoor adventure and...

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April 21 2017, 0 Comments

More than Mud - Kim Collings

More than Mud is an article and interview series dedicated to documenting the incredible characters and stories that we come across in the world of OCR and outdoor adventure and...

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April 13 2017, 0 Comments