Trish and her Journey to 24hr OCR WC

Trish Eksteen ticks off just four calendar years in her Obstacle Course Racing career, yet her exposure to world-class competition and performance supersedes this tremendously.

So as she looks down the barrel of the 2019 Obstacle Course Racing Enduro World Championships in New South Wales, Australia, this weekend, she’s feeling pretty good.

On Saturday, June 8th, Trish will spend 24 hours continuously running around a marked track, of 10 kilometers clearing +- 33 obstacles each lap.

“Training for Worlds, I definitely couldn’t have asked for better. Claude (her husband and business partner) has really put me through my paces and I’m totally grateful for how it’s all fallen into place. I generally have a few boxes to tick to rate my own body and fitness, so the work is all done, now we trust and believe that the race will unfold positively!”

She’s a very busy mother of two boys, and together with her husband Claude, they live and breathe the sport with their business Adventure Obstacle Training, in KwaZulu-Natal.

There are a number of things about OCR which appeal to Trish about the sport, however on top of her list would be the challenge and variety it brings.

“So many different races require so many different skills sets – #challengeyourlimits.”

Her least favorite part of OCR is the mud.

“And the mud-monster – it’s not something I can train for, develop skill or work on… it’s mud, and mud changes from one minute to the next – so it’s a “luck of the draw” obstacle.”

Her first ever OCR race was in March 2015 – Impi Challenge at Van Gaalens Cheese Farm, and since that she’s firmly believed it is the most complimentary sport to any other sport.

“We coach quite a few Comrades runners, cyclists, triathletes, even athletes that do events like Roof of Africa, and the overall body strength of OCR is very complimentary to these athletes.”

Mental strength is a massive part of OCR training, especially for Endurance racing like the 24 hours Enduro, so she’s been doing quite a few extreme training sessions to build on that.

Trish thanks her faith and family, as well as her #AOTfamily who she describes as her backbone. 

“They have been with me training side by side, supporting, motivating and pushing me further than what I thought possible.”

Trish’s sponsors not only back her financially but fully believe in her and her OCR journey; AirTeam, Supamama, Salomon SA, Keto Sport Nutrition & ONE Mind Body Soul.

Trish has attended OCR World Champs in 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio (10th Pro Female), 2017 in Toronto, Canada (8th Pro Female) and 2018 UK, London (10th Pro Female).

“I was the oldest by miles!” she laughed.

We wish Trish all the best as she competes over the weekend and are looking forward to watching her hold her own against some tough international competition!!

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