Date of Birth:
Born: Whitefish, MT
Lives: Beaverton, OR
Mid Distance (6-12 miles)
OCR Coach: Self
Ian was born and raised in Whitefish, MT, surrounded by mountains and grizzly bears. Growing up he participated in just about every sport he could; tennis, soccer, ice hockey, mountain biking, cross country skiing and downhill skiing, making every day a new adventure. In late 2014 he started taking OCR seriously and has been training and racing consistently ever since.
Professionally, Ian has collaborated with numerous high level physiologists and athletes while working for Hammer Nutrition and Nike, Inc. In 2017, he took this knowledge and experience with him and started his own coaching business, Hosek Performance Engineering. Using his engineering mindset and passion for sports science, Ian trains athletes and competes all over the globe.
What was your first obstacle race and why did you do it?
During college I got addicted to running and rock climbing. Once I started training, I excelled in both. A friend mentioned a local mud run and thought I would enjoy it. I signed up and in Fall 2011 I placed 2nd at the Mud Mash in San Luis Obispo and was hooked. Combining both of my passions it was the perfect blend of running and strength. Placing 2nd in my very first OCR race lit a fire in me and I vowed to win the next race they were hosting, the Mud Mash X. A 10 mile course designed by Navy Seals that wound through the foothills of CA to end with what they call "Frog Hill" (a 100 yard hill that was at a 40 degree incline). I trained rigorously and was able to come away with the win, just ahead of a Norwegian special forces member who was part of the Navy Seal team that designed the course.
What drives you to compete?
My inspiration is to be the best I can be. I weigh myself not only against others, but my past and future self as well. Racing OCR provides an outlet for bringing out my inner kid, the rush of speeding down a mountain or playing on monkey bars is matched nowhere else.
If you could run an obstacle race anywhere in the world, where would it be?
What interesting fact do most fans of OCR not know about you?
I have had 6 concussions but not one of them is from OCR and I love board games.
Who is one of the OCR athletes you admire most and why?
Cody Moat. He knows how to train properly and when he sets his eyes on a race he prepares for it the right way.
If you hadn't found OCR, in what sport(s) would you be competing?
Trail running, rock climbing, ski-mo racing, cross country skiing. The world is full of fun things to do!
What are your goals with OCR?
Podium at two National Series Spartan Races and take a Top 5 at OCRWC 15km