Improve race performance with dryrobe - Evan Perperis
When it comes to Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) there isn’t much that Evan Perperis hasn’t done. Whether it’s competing in some of the world’s toughest OCR events or taking on extreme Ultra OCR challenges for charity, Evan has pushed himself beyond the limits of what most of us can even comprehend!
We caught with Evan after World’s Toughest Mudder last month and he told us how dryrobe helps him improve his performance at OCR events:
Mental strength is very similar to any other muscle in your body. Using up mental strength, whether it be studying for a hard test or enduring the cold, can fatigue you, thus making your physical performance worse. Don’t believe me? Read this article I wrote for Mud Run Guide based on an experiment by Samuele M. Marcora from the book ‘Endure’ by Alex Hutchison.
It’s not hard to predict where I’m going with this article. The day(s) leading up to a major race you can use up all your mental energy fighting the cold or you can #staywarm. When I arrived at 2018’s World’s Toughest Mudder for pit space check-in (Friday morning) before the 24-hour long World Championship race it was raining, cold and muddy. One option was to brave the cold and wetness, but the better option was to put on my custom Conquer The Gauntlet Pro Team dryrobe and stay dry all morning.
I showed up prepared, but many other athletes did not. Instead, they scrambled to the merchandise tent to buy the limited number of dryrobes being sold (surprise, they all sold out). With Ultra-OCR (Obstacle Course Races, 5+ hours in length) you need to come to the event prepared and not scramble trying to buy last minute items. Therefore, it behoves you to order your dryrobe now or put one on your Christmas list so you aren’t using up your mental energy panicking to find a dryrobe or trying to stay warm.
While dryrobe is perfect for World’s Toughest Mudder (read about in my last blog post for dryrobe, Five Reasons You Need a dryrobe for World’s Toughest Mudder), it has much greater uses. I’ve used mine as a blanket while at home, a changing room (even during summer races), a sleeping bag, a rain cover for my daughter’s stroller and a fashion statement to represent my favorite race company, Conquer The Gauntlet.
World’s Toughest Mudder hit the lowest temperature we have seen in half a decade due to the move to Atlanta, Georgia, USA. In 2019, the race will return to the city nicknamed Hotlanta, with its temperatures that were so low, obstacles started freezing in 2018. Do yourself a favor and pamper yourself before the race. This will allow you to give maximum effort on race day and maybe even walk away with a new personal best in the form of a colored bib.