Cody Moat – Interview

I had the chance to check in with Cody Moat and learn about his life as a full time teacher, coach, parent, husband, and of course, an elite adventure racer.  Cody has won 2 Spartan events this year and finished on the podium 4 more times.  Read on for more about him:


Cody Moat

Racer Profile:

Name: Cody Moat
Nickname: n/a
Age: 35
Height: 5’9
Weight: 145
Hometown/current: Fillmore, Utah
Sponsors: Inov-8, Reebok Spartan Race



What are you goals for the upcoming year?

I would like to win several high end Trail races such as the Speedgoat 50k , Pikes Peak Marathon or Ascent, Perhaps a national championship. Then on the obstacle racing side, I want to win the 2014 World Spartan Championship. I would also like to reclaim myself points winner for 2014.

Are you currently sponsored? How has the experience been?

My experience with Inov-8 has been pretty good. I love the shoes so that part of the deal is great.

How do you find the balance of raising a family and work affects your training schedule?

I have to run and work out in the morning early before work. Then If I do any workout after work, the family will have to come with me.

When your family comes along for the late day workouts do they participate or just cheer you on?

I try to get my family to participate. For example if we go to the weight room, we all lift weights. If I go downstairs and do pull-ups, I try to get the kids to do some pull-ups as well.

How many hours a week do you train?  What is your favorite workout?

I have no idea how many hours a week I train. I try to follow my body and let it tell me what I need. Somedays are really long and other days are really short. My favorite workout is a mountain trail run with obstacles mixed in.Cody Moat

What has been the highlight of your career?

The highlight of my career has been the Spartan World Championships in 2012 when I won the Beast and Ultra Beast. Another highlight of my career was winning the 50 mile Trail National championship.

When you won the 2012 Ultra and Beast what was the hardest part to overcome en route to your win? Was it more mental toughness or physical that you had to fight through? 

The hardest part of the Vermont Beast was wondering if I would drown in the swim. Then after making it through-wondering how in the world I would be able to do it twice. Especially with cramps coming on. But I made it somehow and life was good. Fortunately for me Hobie Call was only slightly better than me at the swim so I didn’t get more than 100 meters behind after the swim in the beast.

What is the most difficult obstacle in any race you have run?

For me the swimming is always the most difficult. I sometimes wonder if I’m going to drown. Especially in Vermont when my legs are cramping.

Does the swimming difficulty during races cause you to train in the pool before big races?

I’ve been training harder in the pool but the pool is so different than an icy cold lake that I don’t want to put my face in. In a pool with glasses I’m not too bad of a swimmer but when I get in a race, I struggle to get my face in the water and my body gets out of position and I suck water down my lungs.

Tell me about your most embarrassing moment in racing?

I fell off the easiest obstacle in the Las Vegas Super Spartan this year. It was right at the end of the race just before the gladiators. It was the back side of the slippery ramp. I tried to run down the 2×4 ladder but my shoes were just too slick. So my feet flew out from under me and I landed on my back and I slid the rest of the way down the ladder. I felt like I broke my arm but I couldn’t show I was in pain because I was right in front of the finish line and everyone was watching and Hunter McIntyre was right on my tail.

What are some of your interests outside of racing?

I love anything outdoors. Fishing, Hunting, Hiking, Biking, ect. I also coach Wrestling, Track, and Cross-Country at the high school I teach at.

Do you talk with your players about your competitions and use it to motivate them?

I do talk to my athletes and share stories and experiences. They are very good fans and get excited when I win.


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Dario is an obstacle course racer and lover of great coffee. When he isn't writing on this blog he can be found working as a photographer for NYSE, AP, and occasionally Getty Images.
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