Obstacles Ahead is your source for everything you need for your next obstacle course race, including gear, training, sports supplements and books. Whether you are preparing for your first mud run or your 100th obstacle course race, you’ll be able to find what you need here.
These are all hand picked items. This means gear that I’ve thoroughly tested, books I’ve read cover to cover, supplements I’ve tried myself and training programs I’ve found to make a difference on race day.
My name is Mike Crimmins and I’m the host here. You can also find me on Mud Run Guide, where I write race reviews and about other OCR topics. I should warn you, I’m not an elite racer, nor am I trained coach. I’m just a participant, obsessed with OCR and working hard to improve my performance.
Growing up, I played a lot of sports but let’s just say I was never the star athlete. I knew a lot more about the bench than anything else. I spent time in the gym sporadically in college, but I definitely wouldn’t call myself an athlete at that point. That was all longer ago than I’d like to admit, and besides a few brief obsessions with mountain biking and a few tries at Couch To 5K, I lived a pretty sedentary lifestyle.
I did my first obstacle race about in 2013. I trained for it, but I really didn’t know how to properly prepare myself. It was a 5k mud run and I focused mainly on running, with a few bodyweight exercises sprinkled in to prepare for it. The results were that I was gassed less than halfway into the race, had to walk more than I would’ve liked and the obstacles were a lot tougher than they had to be.
I had a lot of downfalls with that race. I ran out of the gate too fast and burned out too quick. I wasn’t eating right and drinking enough water prior to the race so I spent a good chunk of the race dealing with cramps of one kind or another. Not to mention that my asthma was pretty much out of control. Plus, the obstacles dominated me, instead of the other way around.
Fast forward to now and I’ve become on OCR junkie, racing in every OCR within reasonable driving range of New Orleans. Some of the obstacles like the multi-rig where I have to use a lot of upper body strength are still a work in progress. Sometimes I might have to do burpees, sometimes not. My results aren’t quite where I want them to be quite yet, but I’m in the best shape of my life, losing weight left and right, and gaining more muscle than I’ve ever had.
I invite you to join in this adventure with me. I hope that you can find on this website what you need to make your first or next obstacle course race more successful and more fun.