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The First LotDR Training Camp

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The very first Training Camp is over. It’s been just over a week now since it concluded. It was an incredible experience that I am still trying to digest. I won’t say much about it other than I am very thankful to everyone who helped making it possible. Chad Weberg, was an incredible sport and assest in making it happen, not only did he lend me his land and knowledge of the surrounding areas but he helped in so many ways to make it possible. From making the awards through his company, We Plauqe, LLC, to helping me build challenges, scout course locations, and preparing everything I needed to run a smooth and successful event. Chad’s wonderful wife Lisa was another amazing sport, she cooked food for the racers, opened her home up to me every time I went up there to visit and work on planning. She also cooked me many a breakfast and dinner, and if you know me you know I love food, so for that I thank her even more for all the delicious dishes. My father, Rich, was a huge help in many ways, not only did he sacrifice his normal sleep schedule to volunteer at the event, but he helped me figure out ways to make some of my ideas come to life and listened to all my non-stop ramblings even when he was too tired to hear another word. Dad, you’re the best father a son could ever ask for. Thank you!

Photog Training Camp

John Shue gettin’ low to get the shot! Photo Credit: Chad Weberg

Another important Thank You that I have to put out there goes to John Shue, he was an incredible photographer and quickly made arrangements to come to the event as soon as I had asked him to. You took some incredible photos and gave our racers some incredible copies of memories they’ll have forever. For that we all thank you. Michael Sandercock came out to help volunteer even though he originally was planning to be a racer, he became a DNS after making the decision to take it easy in preparation for World’s Toughest Mudder. The fact he still came and helped us out all throughout the night, that was something else.  You are a great friend, thank you.

To all the racers and registrants, thank you for trusting me to put on this event. Without you, it would not have happened. Let’s make the next one an even bigger success!

We also have to thank all our incredible sponsors who helped provide us some excellent giveaways for this first training camp. Thank you, Innerzyme, Spartan Energy, Gladiator Assault Challenge (Top 3 received free entry to the Grand Geneva GAC event), Spartan Death Race (Finishers received discount on either the Winter or Summer Death Race), Injinji, and ChiroFitness. We look forward to partnering up with you again!

Top 3 Finishers LotDRTC Innerzyme We Plaque

Top 3 Finishers from left to right: Rodrigo Velarde – 3rd, TJ Nomeland – 1st, Jonathan Nolan – 2nd, and Race Director: Anthony Matesi Photo Credit: John Shue

Let’s take a moment to congratulate our Top 3 Finishers. We had Tj Nomeland take the number one spot, followed by Jonathan Nolan and right on his tail, Rodrigo Velarde. These three gents faced adversity, they conquered all the mental mind games we devised and managed to put their bodies through over 50K of hiking, running, and physical demand. It was incredible. We had 12 Racers register for the race, 5 showed up unaware of what they got themselves into. Stefanie McKenna and Ryan Formosa pushed it hard the first quarter of the event and dropped after some IT band issues and getting a little lost in the woods. They’ll be back for more I’m sure. That left us with just 3 finishers, a 25% finishing rate, the Death Race aims to have only a 10% finishing rate. That means a few things…I have to push them harder next time and we need more people to sign up. We opened registration for the next event and you have until November 30th to register at the early bird rate. Only 50 racers will be accepted.

Read all about Jonathan Nolan’s experience as he documents it on the team Corn Fed Spartans blog.

With all the Thank You’s and race talk out of the way I would like to present to you a video reel filmed and edited by our very own Chad Weberg, another thank you! haha. He did an excellent job and I’m told there is a longer full-feature in the works so stay tuned and for now have a peek at what went down at the Legend of the Death Race Training Camp. There are even more photos available on our Facebook page, go check them out and throw us a “like”

 

Training Camp Token Challenge: Dips and Pull-Ups Challenge

We gave the participants a few days to rest over the weekend and then a few more mainly because I was trashed form the long weekend of racing. As we near the training camp I presented them with the challenge of completing 100 Dips by 11:59 PM CST on 10-31-12 and 50 Pull-Ups in under 3 minutes by 11:59PM CST on 11-1-12. This will conclude their challenges for the time being. I may or may not offer a bonus round for this weekend. No promises though.

Tonight a new participant has entered the challenge and earned his first token. Congrats to Ryan Formosa. It’s almost closing time and the only submission I have for the Pull-ups challenge is from Rodrigo Velarde who has already maxed out. Nicely done, sir. You’ve earned yourself, a golf clap. 😉

I’ll update if any more submissions come through, though I doubt it. For the now this concludes the Token Challenge. Incredible work athletes. Take care of yourselves this week leading up to the training camp. I look forward to seeing you all next weekend. Cheers!

The current tokens that have been distributed are as follows:

  • Michael Sandercock – 3 Tokens
    • 100 Burpee Challenge
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
  • T. J. Nomeland – 3 Tokens
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
    • 15 Man Makers
  • Steve Santiago – 2 Tokens
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
  • Rodrigo Velarde – 3 Tokens
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
    • 30 Burpees to Pull-Ups Challenge
    • 50 Dips in Under 3 Minutes
  • Jonathan Nolan – 2 Tokens
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
    • 15 Man Makers
  • Ryan Formosa – 1 Token
    • 100 Dips Challenge

Dips Challenge

Racer: Ryan Formosa

Congrats on earning your first token. Hopefully luck will be in your favor and you’ll be able to earn more this weekend. We shall see…

Pull-Ups Challenge

Racer: Rodrigo Velarde

Missed Time Mark: Equaled out by use of Rings. No Token Awarded; MAX TOKENS EARNED.

Training Camp Token Challenge: Burpees to Pull-Ups Challenge

It’s Thursday and we’re still delivering challenges to the racers who will be competing at the Legend of the Death Race Training Camp Nov 9 and 10th to see if they have what it takes to finish the Death Race. We’ll be putting this group of athletes for a strenuous 20+ hour boot camp that will involve hiking, rucking, night navigation, strength, agility, mental prowess, and everything in between. They’ll be pushing their limits, learning how to deal with sleep deprivation, and ultimately getting a sweet taste of what is to come when they face Joe and Andy in Pittsfield, VT.

I captured a video of the challenge to demonstrate, but YouTube was being picky about copyrights and such so I had to eliminate the music and re-upload this morning. 

For Thursday the racers have been given 30 Burpees to Pull-Ups in as few sets as possible as their chance to earn a token.  We’ve had a couple racers already max out at their 3 Tokens, first was Michael Sandercock and second was T.J. Nomeland, congrats gents those tokens will serve you well. The rest of the racers have until 11:59PM CST tonight to finish this challenge. Good luck.

The current tokens that have been distributed are as follows:

  • Michael Sandercock – 3 Tokens
    • 100 Burpee Challenge
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
  • T. J. Nomeland – 3 Tokens
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
    • 15 Man Makers
  • Steve Santiago – 2 Tokens
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
  • Rodrigo Velarde – 3 Tokens
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
    • 30 Burpees to Pull-Ups Challenge
  • Jonathan Nolan – 2 Tokens
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
    • 15 Man Makers

Racer: Rodrigo Valerde

Rodrigo got all fancy and knocked out his Burpee to pull-ups using some rings attached to a swing at the park. Wicked! Token earned and you are now maxed out. Grats!

 

Training Camp Token Challenge: Man Makers

Continuing the pre Training Camp social media challenges, we are having the racers do some good ol’ Man Makers for this challenge. Just as I was preparing to write the email out to them about their challenge of doing 15 Man Makers there was a post on one of the Facebook Groups from the Death Race Panda, yes there is a profile for this Panda that supposedly helps or punishes racers at the Spartan Death Race in Vermont.  I’ve done Man Makers for him before, as seen in the above video, I thought it was a bit ironic that the day I was about to write an email he was posting about his own Man Makers Challenge. I guess great minds really do think alike. So there you have it. The racers will be performing their Man Makers in order to earn a token for the Legend of the Death Race Training Camp.

The current tokens that have been distributed are as follows:

  • Michael Sandercock – 3 Tokens
    • 100 Burpee Challenge
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
  • T. J. Nomeland – 3 Tokens
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
    • 15 Man Makers
  • Steve Santiago – 2 Tokens
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
  • Rodrigo Velarde – 2 Tokens
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
  • Jonathan Nolan – 2 Tokens
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
    • 15 Man Makers

Racer: T.J. Nomeland

Congrats on earning another token! You have now maxed out at 3 Tokens.

Racer: Jonathan Nolan

40lbs instead of 20…looks like you made it a nice challenge for yourself. Excellent work, Token earned.

Training Camp Token Challenge: Dive Bomber Push-ups

 


For Tuesday, October 23rd 2012 the racers have been asked to perform 25 dive bomber push-ups for the pre Training Camps challenges which can help them to earn tokens. Throughout the day they will be uploading videos to YouTube and as they complete them they will earn tokens which will benefit them during the Race/Training Camp on November 9th-10th. They will continue you receive challenges this week  and are able to earn a maximum of 3 tokens. As the videos come in I will be posting them here on this post. Michael Sandercock submitted his video immediately last night after receiving the challenge. He’s an animal and is now the first person to cap out at the 3 Token limit. Excellent work Michael!

The previous challenge was for them to complete 15 Handstand Push-Ups.

The current tokens that have been distributed are as follows:

  • Michael Sandercock – 3 Tokens
    • 100 Burpee Challenge
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
  • T. J. Nomeland – 2 Token
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
  • Steve Santiago – 1 Token
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
  • Rodrigo Velarde – 2 Token
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
  • Jonathan Nolan – 1 Token
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge

Racer: Michael Sandercock

Racer: T.J. Nomeland

T.J. submitted a video early this morning but he lost count and only did 24. Minnesota Math he called it, haha. To fix this he submitted another video, still lost count but did more than required. Excellent way to own it! Token earned.

Racer: Rodrigo Velarde

Well done good sir. You’ve earned a token and your totals have been updated.

Racer: Jonathan Nolan

Not bad for your first time Jonathan! Way to knock em out. Token earned!

Giveaway: Training Camp Entry

Obstacle Race Training Camp

Think you’ve got what it takes? Enter the Giveaway Below.

One of my favorite people out there in the world of Obstacle Races has decided to make a very generous offer. We mentioned this offer awhile back on the Facebook page, and we said we would wait until we had 500 “likes” to host this giveaway. Well that actually happened some time about a week ago. If you have been interested in signing up for the Death Race Training Camp I am going to offer you a chance to win a paid entry courtesy of the one and only Matt B. Davis Runs.

Matt B Davis Runs

Matt B. Davis

He has offered to pay for one entry into the race. All you have to do is follow the instructions below to enter for a chance to win. I am going to make this a short term giveaway though. The giveaway will start RIGHT NOW and it will end THURSDAY 10-25-12.  We only have a short period left for people to sign up for the race as is and that is why we are making this contest so short. I wish you all the best of luck. ONLY ENTER IF YOU ARE GOING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TRAINING CAMP. Please do not enter if you have no intention of coming because this entry is still being paid for. Serious entries only! Good Luck!

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Training Camp: Earning Tokens

Death Race Training Camp Race TokensThis week begins the final planning stages for the Legend of the Death Race Training Camp. With that we have begun the Social Media Challenge portion of the event. Participants have been asked to create videos with specific challenges announced to them each day. They received their first challenge last night via an email that was sent to each participant. They must post a video to YouTube by 11:59pm CST tonight of them performing 15 Handstand Push-ups. They are allowed to do these against a wall.  Those who complete the challenge successfully will be given a Token. Tokens can be redeemed for eliminating small portions of tasks they’ll be expected to do during the training camp.  Last week we did a test run of this through the Legend of the Death Race Training Camps group on Facebook. Only one participant was willing to upload a video of himself doing 100 burpees. Michael Sandercock who guest posted about The ULTIMATE Suck has earned himself the first Token.  Racers are allowed to earn up to 3 Tokens total.  Once they receive three tokens they cannot earn more. We will be posting challenges each day this week. I will post all the videos that we receive for the Handstand Push-up Challenge back here tomorrow.  Be sure to check back to see who earned a Token and to the racers, may the odds be ever in your favor.

 

Racer: Steve Santiago

Steve had an issue with counting but he submitted two videos and has earned a token for his efforts.

Video 2:

Racer: T.J. Nomeland

T.J. not only did all his handstand push-ups but decided to do some extras just incase. Nicely done. You’ve earned a token.

Racer: Rodrigo Velarde

Very nicely done Rodrigo. You have earned yourself a token.

Racer: Michael Sandercock

Great job Michael! You killed it. You have earned your second token. Congrats! One more till you max out.

Also here is the 100 Burpee Challenge he completed. Superb!

Workout of the Day 8-16-12

Wow…it’s been a while since we’ve had one of these workout of the day posts. Today was one of those days where I had to push through my lactate threshold. I was feeling pretty tight when I hit the trail by my house today. I knocked out a 3.64 mile run. Half way through I saw a picnic table. I took this opportunity to do decline push-ups, box jumps (bench and table level), and reverse dips. Using the park bench nearby, I used a combination of my arms and legs to hurdle and turn my way over the bench going in a constant circle in both directions. Then I went straight back to running.

After my run I returned to my house, grabbed the slosh pipe and went to town with it. I did a lap around my block holding the pipe above my head, military pressing, curling, holding it out in front of me and curled. This made for a nice addition to the workout, I moved at a nice shuffle pace. The sloshing adds such a dynamic element to your workout. When I finished the lap I dropped and did pushups with my hands holding onto the slosh pipe. From there I moved onto a sprint workout.

Starting at my house I practiced sprinting at 100% force to the end of the block. It was approx .07 miles. I did this for a half mile worth. I pushed my limits a few times, and found myself sitting on the side of the curb a in between a couple of the sprints. All in all my speed is improving. Did you get out and work it out today? Don’t miss a workout, do whatever it takes to get it in. Missing a workout is like missing a class in college, at the time it seems to be a great idea, but in the end you’ll wish you didn’t.

ANNOUNCEMENT: You may have noticed a new button on the right side panel of this site. It’s the shiny green Register Now button.  That’s right we’re hard at work over here putting together an amazing training camp to prepare you for the 2013 Death Race and all other endurance challenges. Registration opens soon, just working out some legal mumbo jumbo.

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Hiking in Busse Woods: Solo Training Camp

So it ended up being just me, myself, and my rucksack today. Turns out some people were still sleeping or hungover this morning. So I got to Busse Woods and headed out around 9:45am this morning. I packed my slightly smaller rock today, I think it’s around 40lbs or so I’ll have weigh it one of these days.

Anyway so when I arrived I got myself all geared up and started out with a slow jog towards what normally is a small lake, with all the wonderful snow we got this week it looked beautiful. I noticed there were multiple sets of tracks going across the frozen snow covered lake both human and animal. I checked before I actually set out across the lake but it was safe so I continued and made my way into the woods. The first mile or so I ended up just going around in a circle, and ended up kind of where I started so I picked a drastically different direction to head out in. The entire time I was out there it was just exhilarating, so many fallen trees to climb over and crawl under, I just love being out in the wilderness. I saw a few packs of deer while I was out, but I was very far away from them.

At the one hour mark I found a nice large fallen tree that was just the right height to do some burpees to “box” jumps (obviously the box being the fallen tree). It was really neat because at this point I had been following this path which looked like it had been paved out by skis, and sure enough while I was knocking out 50 of these a very cute older couple came by as they were cross country skiing. They stopped and chatted with me, it was fun exchanging a few quick stories about how they were training for a 100km cross country skiing event and of course I told them about the Death Race. They asked me why I was putting myself through such madness, the only easy explanation I could come up with mid-burpee was, “to test my limits.” We wished each other well and went back out on our way.

Around 4 miles into the workout I came out on to a road path and took that downhill and back up to find myself near one of the highways. I was beginning to get slightly exhausted, it was around 1.5 hrs so far. That’s when I decided it was time to start heading back toward my car. Well that didn’t work exactly as easily as I thought it would because now I was all kinds of turned around. I went in a circle over about a half mile before I pulled my phone out to check the RunKeeper map to see how far off I was from my destination. I was only about a mile out if I would just head west a bit. It didn’t take too long to get back but it felt like it was taking longer than it was. My body temperature was starting to drop and I was developing an appetite for sure. I found the lake and followed it until I was close enough to where I originally crossed. Finally, my journey was complete. I did some quick stretches and devoured the Balance protein bar I brought with me.

I will be posting the location for next Sunday’s expedition. We’ll be going to the Palos Forest Preserve in Willow Springs. I’ll post details and a map of where to meet tomorrow. How did your training go this weekend?

TOTAL TIME: 2:15:16 DISTANCE: 5.92miles