Athlete Profiles: 003 “Until I found OCR, I was a bit lost and bored with life.”

Athlete (and we are all athletes) Profiles:

Check out more details about why we do this and even submit your profile HERE.



Name:

Stephen Geppert

 

DOB:

11/14/1972

 

Location:

Columbia, SC

 

What is the best thing about your hometown?

Blue Crabs! (My hometown is Baltimore, MD although I’ve lived in so many different places I don’t really have a true hometown). .

 

Athletic history:

I “accidentally” started running when I was 7 years old because I wanted to do the same fun run my 14 year old brother was doing. It’s kind of a funny story, because my parents thought I was missing until they found me sitting on the curb at the finish line waiting for my brother to catch up so we could cross the line together. After that, I didn’t run again until middle school where I ran track and cross country through high school. I also played baseball until I was 13, when I felt pressure to choose between baseball and running track. I played a lot of intramural sports in college but decided not to run competitively in order to focus on school. After that, I was in and out of fitness. When I was 33, I decided to learn how to play soccer and played in a rec league for several years. It was a humbling and extremely rewarding experience.

 

Current athletic passion:

When I turned 40, I did a local mud run (Project Mud) in Charleston, SC. It didn’t seem too bad, so I signed up for a Spartan Race the following April. I ran the first mile at 5K pace and then failed three obstacles in a row. Needless to say, I got crushed and barely finished! Since then, I’ve been hooked and have been getting a little bit better each year. I was fortunate enough to qualify for and run in this year’s OCR World Championships and recently qualified to run it again in 2017. That was a truly amazing experience.

 

Who or what in the world is inspiring you right now?

Prior to starting with OCR, I was 30 lbs heavier and drank way too often (mostly out of boredom). After three years of mostly focusing on the fitness side of things, I recently completed the 90 day OYNB challenge (mentioned in one of your podcasts). What is inspiring me now is how good I feel both physically and mentally as I’ve gone through this journey and how much better I am as a parent, husband, and business professional.

 

What is your favorite single workout or physical challenge that people can try today?

Aside from trail running, my favorite is to find a local playground with monkey bars and a football goal post. You can do traditional monkey bars, lateral monkey bars, Tyrolean ladders, and pull ups on the monkey bars and Tyrolean traverse, overhead beam traverse, and lateral beam traverses on the goal posts. I usually run back and forth between the monkey bars and goal posts between sets. I also live near a state park, so I like to run through the park and hit all of the nearby playgrounds, trees, etc. to do the same exercises during the run. It’s basically like creating your own obstacle course race in training.

 

Why do you consider yourself an athlete on fire?

When it comes to athletics, I’ve always been pretty competitive, so I have always thought of myself as an athlete. (Even when I was 30 lbs heavier and not taking care of myself, I still had the mental image of myself as an athlete). I am also a bit of an introvert, which I think makes it easy for me to go to an event and stay in that competitive athletic mindset because I find it hard to socialize. That being said, one of the things that I unexpectedly love about the OCR community is the completely welcoming atmosphere shared by everyone who participates, from the super-fit elite racers to the less fit first timers who have never done an event before. I have literally never seen anyone make fun of another person at one of these events, and I believe that if someone did, they would be immediately called out and probably shamed off of the course. Everyone is constantly encouraging everyone else. I think this community truly embodies the notion that everyone is an Athlete, regardless of their physical ability or appearance. If you are on the starting line, you are an athlete. It is very common to see people stopping to share food or help someone else who is struggling. I know I have become a lot more social at these events over the years, and now I always bring extra food to share during a race just in case someone needs it. I would never had thought to do that three years ago when I started.

 

What would you say to someone who hasn’t found their passion in sport or life yet?

Keep looking! You don’t know what you don’t know until you do, so just try as many new things as you can until you find what connects with you. It’s out there somewhere.

Until I found OCR, I was a bit lost and bored with life. Now I wake up every day with a purpose beyond the daily routine. It has driven me to make better positive choices and to try to be a better person in all aspects of my life. It just makes everything better overall.

 

Where are you on your athletic journey? Flicker, Flame, or Fire?

Fire

 

What keeps you up at night?

Getting injured! I have learned a great deal in the past three years about how NOT to train and what NOT to do nutritionally. I ran incorrectly, I ate incorrectly, and I trained incorrectly. As a result, I’ve had IT band syndrome, heat exhaustion, dehydration, “bonking”, and this year a broken 5th metatarsal in my right foot. I am now an avid podcast listener and have completely changed my entire training program based on what I’ve learned. We’ll see how this year goes with my newfound knowledge!

 

What’s your favorite healthy recipe that anyone can try today?

I am not a big cook, so I go for simplicity. One of my favorites is grilled chicken in a small soft taco shell with chopped cilantro and white onions, a pinch of lime, and La Victoria Salsa Brava hot sauce. It is super easy and really good!

 

NOTE FOR Stephen:Thank you so much for sharing part of your story with the Athlete On Fire community. Thanks for sharing the awesome workouts and attitude!  OCR is such a great sport. You are inspiring us as much as we are you! You are definitely an inspiring Athlete On Fire!  

 

Remember. I am, you are, everyone is an athlete on fire!

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Athlete Profiles: 002 “In retrospect, I should have been a runner that also played baseball.”

Athlete (and we are all athletes) Profiles:

Check out more details about why we do this and even submit your profile HERE.



Name:

Brian DePersis

 

DOB:

1/26/74

 

Location:

Wyckoff, NJ

 

What is the best thing about your hometown?

The best thing about my town is the proximity to so many great places. I’m only 30 minutes from NYC, an hour or so from upstate NY, an hour or so from a beach, and more.

 

Athletic history:

I was a baseball player, from age 4 until 20. That is all I wanted to do. I ran some cross country and indoor track in high school, simply to stay in shape for baseball. I played every intramural I could growing up, we played pick up sports, went to the park for sand volleyball, everything.

 

Current athletic passion:

I am a runner. In retrospect, instead of being a baseball player that ran when I was growing up, I should have been a runner that also played baseball. I love to compete in races, to be faster and push myself.

 

Who or what in the world is inspiring you right now?

I get a lot of inspiration from my fellow bloggers in the fitness world. Some of the things they are doing is amazing. The focus that a lot of them have is a credit to them. Also, Scott Jones! I have been listening to Scott since his first AOF podcast. I love the connection I have to elites by listening, drawing some knowledge, and some workout/racing tips. Finally, my wife is an inspiration everyday. She is my biggest fan, leading our 4 kids to races, giving me someone to sound off to, and pushing me to do more.

 

What is your favorite single workout or physical challenge that people can try today?

I have two for you. The first, go to the Erin Bersini AOF podcast (#83) and check out her 500 rep workout on the page. It’s awesome, simple, and all you need is a pull up bar and your own body.

My second workout is to take your normal, basic jog distance and make it a progression run. For me, a basic 5 miler becomes a test. After the first mile as a warm up, try to go each mile at 15-20 seconds faster than the last. It’s great for negative split work, running on tired legs, and some mental strength for races. End with a mile cooldown.

 

Why do you consider yourself an athlete on fire?

I consider myself an Athlete On Fire because I like to push myself athletically and I look forward to knowing I am choosing to put in the time and effort needed to accomplish my running/racing goals. In the past, I have been good, not great. I have typically been at a Flame level, with short periods of the Fire level. My challenge for myself for 2017, is to really get after it in my personal, professional, and my running life. I want to be in the Fire, put myself out there.

 

What would you say to someone who hasn’t found their passion in sport or life yet?

It’s never too late. The great thing about the connected way of life we live nowadays, is that you can go online and find a league, a club, a group doing anything. Check out what your friends and family are doing on Facebook, or go to your community webpage. Look for something that sounds fun, nothing else. If you have fun, it will stick. If it feels like work, let it go, you already have one job (at least) right?

 

Where are you on your athletic journey? Flicker, Flame, or Fire?

Flame

 

What keeps you up at night?

Ask my wife, nothing! Once my head hits the pillow I’m out. She says it’s a gift I have! The only thing I want, is for my kids to be happy and healthy!

 

What’s your favorite healthy recipe that anyone can try today?

Since it is cold weather time, here’s a recipe for Pumpkin Oatmeal.

When you get back from your long run, try this out for breakfast. Bonus if you live somewhere cold! Sub in different nuts if you like, a specific maple syrup, or raisins, etc. If you make it, send me a picture(@dailyfitjournal) & I will post it. Enjoy!

Pumpkin & Maple Nut Oatmeal

3/4 C Canned Pumpkin
1/2 TSP Salt
1 1/2 C Rolled Oats
1 TBSP Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 TBSP Pecans, Chopped
2 TBSP Maple Syrup

Combine pumpkin & salt w/3 cups water & boil.
Add oats & Spice.
When mix bubbles, reduce to low heat.
Stir occasionally until oats are cooked/thicken ( 8 min).
Top with nuts and syrup.

362 calories
9G Fat
63G Carbs
11G Fiber

10G Protein

 

NOTE FOR Brian:Thank you so much for sharing part of your story with the Athlete On Fire community. Thanks for being such a loyal follower of Athlete On Fire.  You are inspiring us as much as we are you! You are definitely an inspiring Athlete On Fire!  

Be sure to check out Brian’s blog that covers his journey as an athlete, teacher, and family guy!

 

Remember. I am, you are, everyone is an athlete on fire!

Listen to some inspiring athletes here!

AOF:185 March Madness without my dad, unpredictable spring, and fallen innovators.

On the show: Legend Lost The late and great Royal Robbins passes away at age 82.  He was a pioneer in rock climbing as the sport we know it today.  Go watch Valley Uprising.  It’s an amazing and inspiring look at the roots of the sport.  Our host, Scott was born just 30 minutes away in […]

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Jeffrey James Binney is a comedian, actor, and now, ultra runner.  Why does he intend on living in a bus?  How was his complete failure more stressful than usual at the Leadville 100?  Did he ever finish an ultra?  Plus, some bonus content featuring parts of his comedy special from the experiences.   Thanks for […]

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A crazy and horrific accident at the age of 8 and the lightbulb moment 22 years later began a movement in an individual that will speak to everyone who knew there was an athlete deep down but didn’t know how to find it. Max Conserva is an athlete, speaker, and coach who has transformed the […]

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