By Kim Collings
1. Beast Profiles
3. Looking Ahead
1. Beast Profiles
Articles and interviews reporting on the amazing people and stories of Your Beast Team!
Wes Shearer – “Take every chance in life, because some things only happen once”
What was your first OCR race and what made you decide to try it?
First race was the Portland Sprint because my daughter Kaitlyn wanted to do it and she wouldn’t do it alone so she asked me to run with her.
How has OCR helped you overcome challenges?
It’s helped me to believe in myself more that I can do things that challenge me instead of staying away from them, meeting them head on and crushing them.
What do you love most about the OCR Community?
I love the fact that we’re more than friends. We’re a family of like-minded people who love doing the same thing. No matter what happens they have your back willingly.
Who inspires you?
That’s a hard question because I draw inspiration from everyone that I meet. Everybody has something that can benefit me, and I have things to give to others. So my goal is to be inspired by everybody that I interact with and inspire those who like to be around me.
What is your favorite OCR memory?
The completion of my first HH12HR and first UB. Two things I said I would never do when I started OCR.
Tell us something about yourself that few people know, whether OCR related or not.
People see me differently then I see myself. I’m really hard on myself and I’m just as scared about certain things as everybody. The difference is I just choose not to let things stop me. I see fear as a challenge to do amazing things and I try to inspire people to face their fears the same way.
What are your goals for 2018?
To apply for the elite team/ambassador and complete all 6 Ultra Beasts for 2018 for starters.
2. Beast Nutrition
Cauliflower Fun Facts
Cauliflower can grow from 8 to 30 inches both in height and width.
Cauliflower develops large and coarse leaves that are green in color. They grow in the form of rosette. Leaves surround stalk which holds centrally positioned large, white head.
White head looks like a miniature tree on the cross section. It consists of densely packed curds. Head is usually 6 inches wide and has 2 to 3 pounds of weight in large varieties of cauliflower. Head consists of central stalk which branches and holds undeveloped flower buds.
Leaves ensure development of white head. Without leaves, bunch of inedible yellow flowers would appear.
Color of the head depends on the variety. Most common type of cauliflower is white, but it can be also purchased in green, purple, orange, brown and yellow color.
Green variety is known as broccoflower because it looks like broccoli. One type of green cauliflowers develops spiky instead of round curds. This variety of cauliflower is known as Romanesco broccoli.
Cauliflower belongs to the group of cruciferous vegetables. They are named that way because they have flowers that consist of four petals which grow in the shape of Greek cross.
Cauliflower develops from seeds and tissue transplants.
Depending on the variety, it takes from 50 to 265 days from planting of the seed to the harvest. Cauliflower is harvested when it reaches expected size and texture.
Cauliflower is an excellent source of dietary fibers, vitamins C, K and vitamins of the B group and minerals such as manganese, potassium and magnesium. Cauliflower has low caloric value and can be used as a substitute for rice and potato.
Cauliflowers can be eaten raw, cooked or pickled.
Prolonged cooking destroys majority of vitamins and it is associated with bad, sulfur-like smell of cauliflower. Cooking of 30 or more minutes decreases health benefits of cauliflower for 75%.
Medical studies revealed that substances isolated from cauliflower can prevent development of certain types of cancer.
China is the greatest manufacturer of cauliflowers in the world.
Cauliflower is an annual plant which means that it completes its life cycle in one year.
Mashed Cauliflower Recipe:
I’ve recently discovered mashed cauliflower. It comes out with the consistency of mashed potatoes. Of course it tastes a little different, but I love it!
Check out the nutrition facts:
Amount is HUGE (about 2.5 cups): 582 grams
Protein: 11 GRAMS…..pretty darn good for a veggie!!!!
Anyway, I’m pretty excited about it. It takes a lot to fill me up and this actually does. I added turmeric and pepper. Lots of good properties to turmeric too, but that can be a fun facts for later 🙂
So, when I cook it I just steam an entire head of cauliflower (Yep…an entire head) until tender or microwave for about 6 minutes. I drain off all the liquid possible and then blend it in a food processor or high power blender. You have to mess with it a little sometimes and get the flowerettes pushed down into the blender but it doesn’t take too long. I make it the night before and then eat it for lunch the next day. Again, it actually fills me up! Love it!
Photo Credit: Kim Collings, Beasts OCR, https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/mashed-cauliflower
3. Looking Ahead
Jan. 1 – What are your goals for 2018
Jan. 6 – Beast WOD in Kent and Marysville
Jan. 7 – Beast WOD in Seattle
Jan. 7 – Beast WOD in Portland
Jan 19-20 – Beasts Endurance: Ghost 2018, Montesano WA:
Ghost is 14+ hours of team versus team endurance and covert competition. Do you complete your mission to advance your team? Do you branch off to raid the opposing team’s base? Do you sacrifice key items or pursue side objectives for resources? Do you risk it all to control the firebase? There are no individual cuts, and nearly every infraction is doled out by the opposing team.