Brandon: I am 33 years old, and am finally doing what my passion is and that is teaching martial arts to kids and adults. I also play ice hockey and have been playing since I was 5 years old.
Did you have an athletic background growing up? I grew up playing ice hockey and tried many other sports but none of them compared to hockey, Played hockey in college then while I was there I found Boxing and joined the Arizona State University boxing team.
SGPT: How did you train for the Spartan Race Event?
Brandon: I did not do much training, I figured that since I teach martial arts everyday I would see how my training would prepare me for one of these races, so I guess you could say I did a little experiment to test my training and skills as a martial artists.
SGPT: Tell us a little about the event? Where was it?
Brandon: The Spartan Race I did was the Sprint, it was a little over 5 miles long and had roughly 18 obstacles. It was on Jan 31 up in Temecula California, and of course that was the day El Nino hit so the weather was in the High 40’s with winds clocked at 50+ mph, there was rain, hail and a lot of mud!!
SGPT: What was the hardest part of the event?
Brandon: For me I would say the hardest part of the event was the Hercules hoist where you hoist a sand bag on a rope pulley system, where the bag is suppose to weigh around 75lbs, well with the rain the bag had to be upwards of 115lbs and I am a small guy so hoisting that was a little tough and hard on the hands.
SGPT: What is one thing you wish you would have done to get ready for the Spartan Race event?
Brandon: I would say I wish I would have trained on hills and carrying heavy objects for long distances up those hills. Running/hiking hills was tough at the event it really tested the strength in my legs!
SGPT: Any tips for up and coming athletes that want to do the Spartan Race?
Brandon: Yes, train on hills, work on your grip strength and make sure you hydrate the week before, I drank pedialyte the day before, the day of and the day after to help with cramping and I didnt have any to speak of, although it was only a 5 mile race.
Brandon: I bought a pair of Inov-8 Men’s Trailroc R 255 Trail Running shoes and they did wonders for me, I did not slip as much as those that were wearing just running shoes.
SGPT: Did you use double socks or body glide on your feet to prevent blisters?
BS: I ended up buying a pair of Injinji 2.0 Sport Crew Toesocks and I had no problems with blisters, I wore my calf compression sleeves over the socks as well.
SGPT: What is your next big event?
Brandon: Well my goal was to get the Spartan Race Trifecta this year so the next event will be the Spartan Super up in Monterey and then the Spartan Beast back in Temecual in September. I have signed up for other local OCR events in between those to help prepare me!
SGPT: What book are you reading now?
Brandon: Actually I just purchased Joe De Sena’s Spartan Up book to get a little insight on the races and some motivation, but i would love to read Brad’s McLeod’s E-book on the top 10 Navy SEAL workouts.
SGPT: Thanks for the interview Brandon.
BS: Thank you very much for allowing me to share my experience with you on the Spartan race, if you need anything else from me please do not hesitate to ask.
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