The 10 Day Ultra January 2018 Winners

Thanks for joining me for this OCR Guy Challenge. Thank you to our very generous sponsors for this 10 Day Ultra!

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Now down to business!

This project has been such a labour of love for me. It’s been a lot of work getting everyone up and running (see what I did there) but it has been worth it. Every day has been rewarding. It has been a privilege to run with you again. Your responses to my form were hilarious. Thank you! Thanks to @2xu_canada and @altrarunning for making this possible. Here are the awards!

Overall Winner !!!!

The overall winner was selected at random by Deanna (MY WIFE) who is basically the guardian of all things important and the best person to trust with such a process. It was very complicated. I put all of your entries into a spreadsheet and asked her to pick a number.

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Congratulations Christy. You win a gift card for 2XU socks (or other merch you might want) and a pair of Altra King MT OCR/Trail running shoes! You also get the winner’s coaster and the virtual winners badge to display on your social media should you wish to do so.

Mini Challenges!

Speed Demon award

The fastest overall pace for the distance submitted within the 10 days was Dylan Pollman with a time of  3 hours and 40 minutes for the entire 50K challenge! That’s an average pace of 4:14 per kilometer or 6:49 per mile. That’s a 41:10 10k pace….

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The Climber Award

The person who gained the most elevation during the challenge award goes to Peter Kranenburg who ran 96 kilometers over the 10 days, and gained a total of 9753m in the process. That is almost 2000m more than Everest!

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Photographer Award

There were a lot of great photos submitted for the challenge. After a long and difficult selection process. It was determined that one photo captured the spirit and feel of the challenge best. The photographer award was selected by a representative from Altra and it goes to Nancy Loranger.

The Artist

This Award is given to the person who drew the best GPS art – or at least the favorite picked by one of my esteemed collaborators. This was a really tough decision, not as tough as a two dollar steak. After a bit of debate a final decision was made. The award goes to Kody O’Brien. The maple leaf intentionally planned into the run was a nice touch.

And one special final award

Given to the youngest runner of the challenge. Judah Kaufmann, just 8 years old, ran the entire 50 kilometers with his Dad. You amazed us all with your running ability Judah. Nice job buddy!

We will contact each of you directly for addresses!

 

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Challenge 6.3 – The Push Up Party

20160725_172004-01.jpgOCRGUYCHALLENGE Volume 6.3 begins TOMORROW!

The #ocrguy63 will take one month, ending on Feburary 28th I hope we can build some pecs and triceps together!

Regular push up challenges are boring so you will see variation most days. Some days aren’t even real push ups! I will post instructions for it as we go. The full calendar will be available in the group files on on the OCRGUYCHALLENGE blog.

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RULES

ENTRY: Just play along and try the push up variation each day. Take rest days.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Keep a tally of the total number of push ups you have completed! As ever… by participating in this challenge you are subject to the terms and conditions found at this link. 

SHARING: Photo and video sharing is optional. You can just participate offline if you want (if you are offline, I’d love to hear from you in a private message to just confirm numbers of people doing the challenge). Share photos and or videos but don’t stress about sharing and there is no need to overload. Just so you know, posting within the FACEBOOK group doesn’t clog up your social feeds elsewhere.

ANTICS – I want this to be fun as usual. So please feel free to make your challenge story unique, bring friends, beer, food, backgrounds, props, but no clowns. Please no clowns.🤡 🚫. Pineapple on pizza is banned.

PROGRESS PICS 📸 – For those who feel comfortable doing so, you are invited to share a progress photo if you wish at the beginning and end of the challenge to see if you’ve made any progress by the end of the month.

EXCUSES?
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IT’S TOO HARD 😭 – Don’t worry about that! Please attempt as much of the challenge on each day as you can. Modify the whole experience if you need to. Don’t push through pain or injury. It’s ok to just do this your way – just kinda follow the schedule. You do you.

I DON’T HAVE TIME 🙄 – This will take less than 5 minutes of your day and you get the gift of upper body strength. You have time! 

I DON’T WANT TO DO IT. 

Um…

Tag is #ocrguy63

I will be posting variations each day on the day before. Watch instagram and facebook for those.

HERE IS THE CALENDAR

 

 

Training block begins 

My training for the 2018 season begins tomorrow. Please feel free to join in with the training plan I am using.  

This program wasn’t designed by me. It was designed by the Trainers at Tough Mudder. Check to see if it is right for you. For some it will be too much. For others it won’t be enough. You’ll need to adapt this to your own needs and goals if you do so.

This plan was perfect training for me last year and I was able to improve on my previous years performance in the elite category. I’ll be working through this until April and then starting my race maintenance training block.

Some general rules… The really intense 45 minute runs can be substituted for a trail run or a track session. Working at maximal effort like this isn’t as useful for training and recovery, but it can help you gauge your efforts during races and help you develop the grit you need to hold hard efforts at speed. Generally though I just used these days to run at tempo pace, do a hilly trail run or to test my lactate threshold heart rate zone. 

Race occasionally. Do some 10k locals or even half marathons to break up your training. Test yourself that way. 

It’s ok to sub in longer lower intensity training such as hikes for runs. Sub in equivalent effort activities. Remember that time on your feet is time well spent so try to look at overall load of training rather than being too strict. If you’re going to hike for 7 hours then that will be plenty compared to a 1:30 trail run. 

Go lighter on the weight and lift with your muscles, not your ego. Remember to make this a continuum of training and be kind to yourself during AMRAP and ‘for-time’ efforts during workouts. Remember this is training and not the race itself. Remember you have to run sometimes the next day so don’t make yourself painfully sore. The idea is to build and not destroy yourself. 

Get a heart rate monitor and figure out your lactate threshold heart rate. It can help you accurately figure out how fast you should be running to train and improve. Work within accurate training zones and paces. For longer runs you should be working mainly in zone 2 (easy pace). Intervals should be done at a hard pace. Rest was essential. Sometimes you are just sore from yesterday’s leg workouts… It’s unavoidable on the way to getting fitter, but I just ran anyway and it kind of just felt better. 

It’s time to eat properly. The weight will fly off constantly with this training plan, and you’ll find yourself turning into a lean and taut endurance athlete with a lot of wiry strength and stamina. You’ll transition to eating more carbs as your energy gets sapped by the workload. Make sure you’re fueling efficiently and at the right times. Talk to Josh Stryde for a custom nutrition plan.

PURE VITA LABS CHALLENGE LEADERBOARD

Top performers 

Deadlift: Jason Gelleny 253% deadlift 5 rep max. 

Burpees: @Forestruns.ocr 57 burpees😵💪 in 2 minutes. 

Full List

Jenn Cook – ?% dl, ? burpees, run 🇨🇦

Jared White – 173% dl, run

Jill Nelson – run

Brandy Williams- 112% deadlift, 43.521 burpees, run

Katerina Walowski – 124% dl 🇨🇦

Kristen Locke – 181% dl, 53 burpees, run. 🇨🇦

Michael Cole – 159% dl

William Prokop – Run +++

Heather Miles – 37 burpees, run

Glenda Grey – 105% dl, 32 burpees, run 🇨🇦

Margaret Cordero: 103% dl, 25 one legged burpees!

@Forestruns.ocr –  57 burpees😵💪

@ogi_ocr – 141% dl, 37 burpees, run 🇨🇦

@frodorow –  202%  dl 🇨🇦

@Superkev.ocr –  Run 🇨🇦

Todd Tinelli – 182% dl

@kinseytinelli –  138% Dl 

Max Gulliver – Run 🇨🇦

Cody Reuser – 40 burpees 🇨🇦

April Halen –  37 burpees. 
Alana Main –  run 🇨🇦

Malissa –  Run

Hosts

Josh Stryde: 195% dl, 45 burpees, run 🇨🇦

Glenn – 142% dl, 46 burpees, run

Gear Review: Merrell Agility Peak Flex

My favourite shoe from Merrell so far has been the All Out Peak. This shoe was made primarily for the USA market, and difficult to find in Canada where I live. I picked up a pair last year ago on a visit to the USA and promptly threw them into circulation on my training and racing schedule. While it isn’t an obstacle racing shoe specifically, I took them through hell and back and they are still going strong.

The follow up to that shoe is the Agility Peak Flex from Merrell. It really isn’t a revision of the All Out Peak at all. Instead it’s a complete replacement for the all out peak. This is the new top of the line trail runner model.

Looking at the Agility Peak Flex, you may find yourself intrigued by the appearance of the shoe more than anything at first. It looks almost organic – the anthropoid midsole design references some of the natural structures of the foot, as does the outsole itself, which is ridged and divided to mimic the natural flex points and musculature between tarsals and metatarsals. It’s a distinctive and seemingly intuitive look. The shoe comes in a range of attractive colours, and I’m a sucker for the Merrell red. I personally love the design.

Ride

When in use, it’s a shoe of two very distinct halves.

Flexibility and Agility are things that are both referenced in the name and design of the shoe, however in reality I found the shoe to be fairly stiff. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as I found the All Out Peak to be similar in stiffness through the forefoot and I loved that shoe to death.

The Agility Peak is not a brick – but there seems to be more flexibility in the forefoot along the length of the shoe rather than across it, and less flexibility than you might be expecting overall given the name. It’s a fairly firm ride on the toe off. This means that they climb well, delivering good energy return, and the forefoot also comes to life on faster, more technical downhill sections.

The firmly cushioned heel stack provides good control and shock absorption. It’s a 6mm drop shoe, with a smaller stack height than Salomon Speedcross 4 (11mm), but just slightly more than Saucony Perigrine 7 (4mm). It’s not the height that feels so different though. It’s the firmness of the cushioning that makes this such a different ride. Less height, but denser foam.

Grip is excellent, with a tonne of bone shaped skeletonish lugs across the forefoot. It leaves cool looking footprints! The compound is Merrells M+ select rubber, which seems to deliver the promised traction on lots of different surfaces, but it is wearing just a little quicker than the seemingly invincible Vibram Megagrip compound seen in other Merrell trail shoes. The tightly spaced, shallow 5mm lugs would better suit this shoe to drier runs, but they do shed mud well when required due to the flexible nature of the front end.

There’s a lot of complex things happening here, and it takes some time to get used to, but I see what Merrell have tried to do. I found myself trusting it more and more and using these features on my long training runs. It’s a fusion of a few rationales. The Agility Peak Flex seems to offers a rewarding blend of adequate heel cushioning and responsive, flexible forefoot control, with the stiffness contributing to good energy return for longer slower trail runs, and a protective rock plate that does the job well. These things can take you to the top of a mountain and back without a problem.

The upper mesh is breathable and comfortable, with a rubber bumper covering some of the more vulnerable flex points on the upper. There is quite a lot of TPU shielding around the arch and outside of the foot as you would expect from a trail shoe made for the mountains. This adds weight, but is very protective. Throw in a rubber toe cap and the shoe weighs in at 11oz per shoe, so it’s not super light.

Merrell Omni-Fit™ lacing system: provides a good fit. The lacing system works nicely and the flat laces pull through strings that are attached to the tongue and the upper.  Ingress of debris is pretty minimal, and I haven’t had problems with them coming undone mid run, or undoing them when muddy or wet. The Hyperlock™ molded TPU heel counter seems to be more open than that found on the All Out Peak – which is supposed to improve ankle mobility during sharp turns. I did initially have some issues with the heel slipping upwards out of the shoe, but engaging the extra ankle lock eyelets fixed the problem.

Drainage is excellent on the shoe, should you get them wet. I wore them through a Spartan Race in Montana which was extremely wet and muddy. They held up incredibly well through that course, which basically had everything from wet singletrack, muddy pits, rocky climbs and steep descents. Full immersion to drained out occurs within 200m or so. There’s a lot of mesh that lets water out, without needing any specific drainage holes.

I did initially have some issues with some of the outsole pushing through into the shoe and digging into the arch area of my foot just behind the ball of my foot, however this issue seems to be mostly unique to myself, as many people I have spoken to have not had this issue. For me, the issue gradually went away as I broke them in. Now that I’ve put over 50 miles on this shoe I can confirm that they seem to run true to size and I have no blisters or hotspots on longer runs with them.

Conclusion

Great for trail running in the mountains, cross training outdoors or trail running in loose dusty or dry conditions. They grip well in the wet and drain well. They offer a stable, but firm ride – which may be too stiff for some, but provide good energy return for me. They are a little heavier than some other options out there, but these offer a superior balance of cushioning and control over a range of conditions.

OCRGUYCHALLENGE 5.8 #ocragility

Ocrguychallenge 5.8 is simple. #ocragility

Do 6 lateral jump burpees for time.
Daily male and female records will be posted all week. Attempt as many times as you want to join in. Women and men compete on an even field. 

You must jump over an object at least 12 inches tall and your burpees must land at least 3 feet apart.

Mark some lines on the ground.

Chest must hit the floor on every burpee.

You have to bring the body to the floor 6 times. 


Trim your video to the exact moment your feet leave the ground to the moment you stand back up on your last burpee. 

The winner will receive a free race entry and parking pass to the Calgary for the Spartan race Super on August 13th 2017. The ticket is good for the elite heat.
The ticket will go to the fastest entry that can definitely make it to the race.

You have until next Sunday.

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CHALLENGE 5.2

Tab Grady, owner and operator of City Fit Shop in Edmonton submitted this little beauty for challenge 5.2 after a conversation at the finish line of the Spartan Beast in Montana two weeks ago.  This challenge is going to run for two weeks and participants have to do it twice – attempting to beat the first attempt on the second run.

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We joked for a while about which hashtag to use on this challenge.  #stairwaytoDOMS #deathbystairs etc. Just find some stairs. Make sure we can see the posts dammit or you won’t get included and it’ll be…. it’ll be as if you never put in the work.

Being sick (a cold) and injured (hurt my back) this week has been really frustrating. I haven’t been able to do week 1! Tab went ahead and produced a superb video for Facebook, demonstrating how to do 5.2. It’s pretty funny, but apparently not as funny as my face when I’m suffering through Lindsay’s challenge.