Mr. Shannon Hulme
- Your website:
- What is your day job, and do you have other hobbies?:
My day job is overseeing Government construction project… Watching other people work! Atving, Kayaking, Motorcycling, Camping, Travelling, Scuba Diving, Building a brewery, I could go on and on!
- When did you start obstacle course racing? Tell us about your first race.:
My first race was in June of 2011 in Toronto, Ontario at a quarry. It was the Spartan race that put the fire in me to train harder, it was a pretty easy course compared to the races I have done since.
- What was your biggest accomplishment at an obstacle course race? What made it your biggest accomplishment (overcame a fear, injury, disability etc?):
My biggest accomplishment would be completing over 22 Races this year at various distances and on different terrain. New Jersey had a cliff jumping obstacle which was very difficult for me to overcome my minor fear of falling. To get over my fear I tried to keep my mind of the height of the cliff and just do it. It was far easier to jump then to do the 50 mandatory burpees if you didn’t.
- What attracts you to obstacle course races? Why do you keep coming back?:
I would have to say the major thing that keep me coming back to the Obstacle races would have to be the family I now have at each and every race. Every single person I have met at a race has ended up being incredible. As I share more and more races with many of the same people it gets harder and harder to say good bye. I would call many of the regulars in the Spartan race series my very good friends. The bonds that are created on the race course are unlike any friendships I have had in the past, everyone is very genuine.
- What are your training and/or diet routines? Do you have other athletic pursuits?:
My training and diet routines are ever changing. I had a regular routine prior to the race season starting in April, after a couple months of intense racing and travelling I wasn’t able to balance life, training and travelling as well. Since June my training has been sporadic trying to train after my body had a chance to rest from the Weekend races. My diet routine to have not stayed consistent since June, I try to stick to lean meats and limit the amount of carbs I eat.
In November I didn’t have any races planned for a few weeks so 4 days before a race I signed up to complete a full 26.2 Marathon. With only ever completing about 10 miles on road and 13.5 mile Spartan beasts, 26.2 was a challenge. I did complete the course but with a disappointing time of 4:46. My goal for next year will be to drastically improve that time and be able to qualify for Boston. Although running it is not yet on my bucket list.
- Were you always athletic? If not, what athletic changes have you made to keep up the obstacle course race lifestyle?:
Growing up I was always out riding my mountain bike or roller blading around town or taking part occasionally in a road hockey game.
- Who, alive or dead, would you invite to run an obstacle course race with you?:
- Tell us a fun fact about yourself that we may not know!:
When I am not racing I am a Dad to 3 wonderful children!
- What are your goals? Next race, next season … what’s in your future?:
What are your goals?
To continue getting stronger and faster and hopefully get a few top 10 placements. And help anyone looking to improve their health and fitness.
Next race, next season … what’s in your future?: Feb 16th I will be doing a 70km Survival run in Nicaragua which has a cut off of 20 hours. All of my energy has been focused on training and preparing for this race. After that I am hoping to attend as many Spartan races as possible this year to be able to break into the top 20 overall next year.
I would like to give a huge shout out to a few companies that will be supporting me with my racing this year, Inov-8, GU, Kronobar, and SSP Nutrition.
Inov-8.com – Best OCR shoes you can get!
GuEnergy.com – The only way to push through those extra long races!
KronoBar.com – The healthiest and tastiest bars you can get! All vegan, gluten free. peanut free, no sugar added, no preservatives
SSP Nutrition – One of my favourite Supplement companies around, a complete system providing you all the nutrients you need in a 3-stage system. Use code 3046 at check out for 10% off and to help me out!!