SGPT: Tell us about yourself?
EC: I am a former Naval Dental Officer serving on active duty for almost 10 years.
I spent most of my time at Camp Lejeune attached to the Marines, and also working at the Naval hospital.
Interesting fact, I was attached to the fleet hospital that was deployed to Gitmo right after 9/11.
We established the facility down there, I got to spend some time “getting to know our Taliban friends”.
Seriously i did provide some humane dental treatment.
I currently own a dental practice in Jacksonville, NC.
SGPT: Did you have an athletic background growing up?
EC: Yes, I played football, baseball, and basketball growing. I attended Westminster college on a basketball scholarship.
SGPT: How did you train for the Spartan Race event?
EC: My training is consistent year round. I have been a part of the SEALFIT/Unbeatable Mind group for a little over two years. I follow that program pretty closely as well as sealgrinter pt workouts. I do a lot of body weight functional movements.
SGPT: Tell us a little about the event? Where was it?
EC: The race took place at the Wintergreen Resort in Virginia. It was the spartan super that encompassed about 9 miles of the mountain. Definitely a test of physical stamina, mental focus, and grit. It is one of the three mountain courses on the East Coast that make up the “Devil’s Trifecta”. It involved navigating mountains, ski slopes and forest. It connects you with mother nature in a unique way.
SGPT: What was hardest part of the event?
EC: The climb. At one point we had to climb pretty much straight up (black diamond) for about 2 hrs. Definitely physically and mentally taxing. There is plenty of running, but you better have your climbing legs with you for this daunting hike.
SGPT: What is one thing you wish you would have done to get ready for Spartan Race?
EC: I wish I would have done a little more hill training. Not only the ascent, but the descent as well. Running downhill becomes very demanding on legs after a while.
SGPT: Any tips for up and coming athletes that want to do the Spartan?
EC: Train your core. There are a lot of different obstacles and challenges staged throughout the race that will challenge your body in many different ways.
A good strong core will enable you to meet each challenge and succeed. I did lots of squats, pull-ups, sit ups, thrusters, man makers, leg levers, flutter kicks, burpees, mt. climbers, sand bag get ups and carries.
EC: I used the Under Armour trail shoe.
Definitely recommend a good trail shoe for this event as you will need all the extra traction you can get.
EC: I used Bodyglide Original Anti-Chafe Balm and compression shorts. Compression socks would be useful.
SGPT: Did you use electrolytes or salt tablets for training and the event?
EC: I typically do not use electrolytes or salt. I use bcaa’s and water. Salt and electrolytes might be helpful for some due to the length of the race. I was out there about 7 hours.
SGPT: What book are you reading now?
EC: Warrior Soul by Jerry Boykin and Stu Weber. and Crucial Conversations by Patterson.
SGPT: Many thanks for the interview
EC: My pleasure.
Interview with Shane Henderson Spartan Race competitor