OCR Athletes Nicole Mericle & Amelia Boone
This week we enter the world of Obstacle Course Racing. Host David Willey talks with 2013 Spartan World Champion Amelia Boone and this year's Spartan World Champion, Nicole Mericle.
Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) is becoming synonymous with Spartan, which is the world’s largest OCR series with more than 250 events and over 1 million participants annually. Each year beginners and elites run, crawl and climb their way across various distances, pausing to carry heavy objects and throw spears at targets. Anytime they fail to complete an obstacle, they do burpees.
Amelia Boone is one of the best-known and most decorated obstacle-course racers in the world. She has competed in dozens of Spartan races and won the Spartan World Championships in 2013.
In July, Amelia published a blog revealing that she had checked herself into an eating-disorder treatment facility. She had recently suffered her fourth stress fracture in three years and, as she wrote, “I had spent the past 20 years starving. Literally. Not just physically, but emotionally. I was tired of fighting, and so eff-ing tired of being hungry.”
In this conversation, Amelia opens up about her eating disorder, body image, and what she learned during her layoff, including competitiveness and healthy nutrition. She also talks about her still-unfolding comeback as an athlete and what she hopes to do next.
The second part of the episode features Nicole Mericle, Spartan’s 2019 World Champion. Nicole was a competitive runner in college and initially skeptical about obstacle course racing. She talks about what drew her into the sport and why she now loves it, and also about living in and training out of the customized van she currently calls home.
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