By Coach Michael, coach to WildForestGym Elite Racers
Published December 2016 Obstacle Race Magazine
How many of you runners just buy a ticket because it was an earlybird price or because your mates are doing it. This article is aimed at the seasoned and elite runner rather than the fun runner, who should book as many fun runs as possible, but in balance. As always we look to our OCR Training Expert Coach Michael, for some expert guidance as to how to build your race calendar and make sure it is purposeful and helps you to achieve your goals.
In this article Coach Michael of TEAM Wild Forest Gym and now Head Coach to our national OCR Team UK, enlightens us on the importance of jump techniques in your racing and how to preserve your quads from getting so blasted when racing hard!
You are what you eat, as Gillian McKeith would say! And she is 100% right. Every item of food that you eat has a nutritional and fuel value depending on how it is grown/produced; what it is treated with; how it is processed and ultimately how your body digests it.
So lets get down to the nitty gritty of how much nutritional value you get from your food, and whether it is giving you the best quality fuel for your OCR racing.
In this edition Coach Michael offers us some candid and great advice about how to manage your OCR race calendar, so as to avoid over-training and over-racing, plus the need to slot in rest and recovery periods.
One of the most difficult jobs of being a coach and manager to TEAM Wild Forest Gym elite OCR racing team is ending up parenting 8 excitable OCR racers on top of the three of my own children. So when it comes to each of them just wanting to race, race, race without much thought for the long term planning to achieving their goal, I as coach and manager have to stay STOP! Let’s look at the bigger picture, before they over commit, over-race and over train and just burn out.
Coach Michael is back with Part 2 of ‘How to Run Faster’. He shares with us some great insight as to how he has transformed his elite racers into some of the fastest runners on the OCR circuit. Now here is your opportunity to follow his running drills to make your running more comfortable. more efficient and faster.
The week leading up to your race is an important part of your race plan and race preparation for an ‘A’ Race. Your ‘A’ Race is one of 2 or 3 races that your seasons training plan has been structured around so that you are peaking in your performance. Where as in ‘B’ & ‘C’ races fit into your training plan and replace workouts.
There is an assumption that we were born to run. However, there is a distinct difference between just running and optimising your running. For many, running is painful, tiresome and challenging. For others there is the desire to race faster and hit the podium. In this article we ask Coach Michael how he coaches his TEAM Wild Forest Gym into become top runners.
As this issue has the theme of the next generation of obstacle racers so we thought it only fitting that we go in search of the elites of tomorrow. So here we have two of them, Ross Cohen and Caine Johnson who are both members of TEAM Wild Forest Gym. They’ve been really pushing the pace at races this year so far so we caught up with them to ask them a little more about their racing and training.
Probably the most common injury in OCR racing, trail running and mud running is an ankle sprain. We are sure most if not all readers have experienced it. We once again look to our Training Expert Coach Michael of Wild Forest Gym, who assures me he has not only a solution, but techniques that can reduce your risk of injury.
Cold Weather & Cold Water Acclimatisation Training
by Michael Cohen
Cold weather training for an event can be very daunting if you haven’t done one before. We are in the UK, so we have to be prepared. At Tough Guy on January 29 2013 it was -10 degrees in the water and the ice was 1cm thick. In March it was no better at The Nuts Challenge, it was frigid. Hundreds of contenders at last winter obstacle race (OCR) events around the country experienced hypothermia. Many were miserable and just cold. Where’s the fun in that! Continue reading →