More than Mud - Mike Weaver
More than Mud is an article and interview series dedicated to documenting the incredible characters and stories that we come across in the world of OCR and outdoor adventure and endurance racing events. They range from everyday heroes to extreme athletes but all have unique and engaging stories to tell.
How Did You Get Into OCR Racing?
Back in 2011, I started doing Warrior Dashes. I hated running with a passion and the idea of being able to do a 5k with obstacles was intriguing to me. After the first one, I was hooked and continued to do them for the next several years. There came a point were I wanted more and wanted to push myself further.
In 2014, I did my first Tough Mudder. I had so many emotions hit me during that event, from wanting to quit to realizing this was the best thing I had done in my life. Once I crossed that finish line, I knew my life wasn't going to be the same. To this date, I have done 13 Tough Mudders with a total of 20 laps.
What Are Some Challenges OCR Has Helped You Overcome?
I suffer from chronic depression. OCR has given me an outlet to help overcome the depressed states that I would seemingly fall into for no reason. Even if I don't have a race coming up, OCR gives my mind something to focus on. It is a battle that I have fought my whole life and will continue to fight. However, OCR has made it so much easier.
What Does The OCR Community Mean To You?
It's family. Plain and simple. Over the last few years I have met so many people, most of which have become very close friends and other's who I know consider part of the family. OCR isn't just about the race or the venue to me. It's an experience and a chance to spend the day with people who share your type of crazy.
What’s Your Most Memorable Moment In OCR?
At this point in my racing career, I would have to say when I earned my Savage Syndicate medal by walking the Ohio and Pennsylvania Savage Races in a walking boot this past summer. I had broke my left foot at the Chicago Tough Mudder during my first lap and actually went on to complete a 2nd lap.
A few weeks later I found out that my foot was broken and had to be in a walking boot for 6 weeks. During that 6 weeks, I had 2 Savage Races that I already signed up for and I didn't want to miss out on getting that awesome Syndicate medal. I went out and completed every obstacle that didn't involve mud or water with my walking boot on. It was an amazing feeling crossing the finish line and getting my medals.
Any Goals Or Race Stats To Share?In 2017, I have already signed up for the new Toughest Mudder in the Northwest and will be aiming to hit 40 miles in the 8 hour time frame. I will also be trying to qualify for my first OCRWC through a few different races in 2017.
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