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Adventure Racing Essentials

In the last five years, we’ve competed in numerous adventure races across the glove from California to Slovakia. Each racecourse – checkpoint to checkpoint – has to be covered by bike, foot, boat. Your body will be pushed to the limit. You will want to quit often. Don’t!

Instead, make sure you are properly fitted for the correct gear. You will be more comfortable, sleep better, and save energy. Additionally, you’re spirits will be lifted with better gear.

With its popularity growing, finding an adventure race near you isn’t hard. There are now more than 250 held annually across the United States. There are even national championships for the elite.

We’ve compiled our list of best gear for adventure racing. This is not an exclusive list – and surely you’ll find better options for you personally. But this is a great place to start as a beginner.

Trail Running Shoes

Get a good pair – we like the Salomon speedcross – that will drain water, work in muddy conditions, and protect your feet from rocks and roots. Additionally, it’s a good idea to bring multiple pairs, maybe in different sizes. Your feet will swell. A lot. And there’s nothing worse than trying to cram your swollen feet into a too small pair of shoes.

Wind and Waterproof Outer Shell

There is nothing worse than being exposed in the elements while being cold and wet. We encourage protecting yourself with a strong outer layer. We like items from Patagonia and North Face. But there are many great brands out there. Look for something with breathable slits in the back and under the arms. This will help keep you dry but prevent overheating during the race.

A Good GPS Watch

A GPS watch will not only help you stay on track with your pace and time, but the best ones have navigational tools that will help you find your way on the course. A watch for adventure racing should have a long battery, be durable, and come with ABC sensors (altimeter, barometer, compass). These features often align with a running GPS watch. These are good examples of the right kind of running watches.

Headlamp

Being out for days and nights, you’ll need a way to illuminate your way in the darkness. We headlamp with replaceable batteries is best. We like headlamps made by Petzl and Black Diamond.

Backpack

With all this gear, you’ll need a place to store it. Look for a large capacity but lightweight pack. 32L at a minimum with a light internal frame. Packs that can carry a water bladder are also good options to look into.

4 Ways to Become a Better Adventure Racer

Are you an athlete or sports enthusiast that wants to challenge yourself with new adventures? Look no further as adventure races are among the most challenging sports to try. In this guide, we will discuss a few methods on how you can improve your skills and train better.

Here are 4 ways to become a better adventure racer.

Fix Your Diet

Instead of counting calories all day, count the nutrients that go into your body. Focus on whole foods like whole grains for breakfast complex carbs and protein for lunch, and low carbs throughout the day. The main objective is to keep your metabolism running smoothly. You can have a protein shake after a workout and consume low protein before you sleep to prevent the catabolic fasting stage.

Proper Training

Training for an adventure race is different than other races. The main aspect to proper training is to control and measure your heart rate. No matter where you train, your progress will depend on the type of workouts you choose. Learning how to create an unbalanced lift will help you prepare for the uneven terrain and unique challenges you will face in the adventure race.

Practice Your Run

Going through a wide range of cardio will help the body prepare for the run. Using short-intervals you can control your cardio with a 1:1 ratio before weight training. Many trainers often train in short internals five times a week and a long run once a week with added weight.

Push Farther

Training your body requires new challenges and unique changes. You can perform various exercises twice a day and work on different parts of the body. Make sure to train your body’s endurance by new exercises such as walking through water running in the sand etc.

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How to Prepare for Your first Adventure Race

Are you planning for your next adventure race? Is this going to be your first? Chances are, you might have little to no experience and need all the tips you can get to prepare yourself for the next big challenge. As fun as the adventure race are you will need to get in shape if you plan to keep up with the athletes.

Here’s how to prepare for your first adventure race.

Prepare the Body

While you don’t have to be a great athlete to complete a race, you do need to be well conditioned to finish it. Adventure racing is more than a physical sport but also requires the necessary skills and knowledge needed to survive. While you do not necessarily need to run, you should be able to hike comfortably for miles on end. Additionally, you will need to be comfortable in riding 2- miles with a mountain bike and paddle five miles to get to the next location.

Consider training in multiple sports sessions, bike and run combinations and other exercises that will benefit your body for the adventure race. Ideally, you will have to train your body to withstand three hours of continuous activity.

Prepare the Mind

Half the training includes the mental challenges that come with the race. You will need to learn all there is to adventure racing before you make your first attempt. You must enter the adventure race with the right mindset and be prepared for the unexpected. Many first-timers assume that they are ready for the race with years of triathlon experience but finds out that they may not be ready at all.

Prepare the Necessary Skills

Training for adventure racing is a lifelong process as there will always be room for improvement. Many racers start their training by working on their technical skills. One of the most important skills needed for adventure racing is orienteering as it is also the hardest skill to master.

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5 Tips on Adventure Racing for Beginners

Are you looking to try adventure racing? To help you understand the basics on how to prepare for your new adventure. In this guide, we will discuss the most helpful strategies to give you the best start.

Here are 5 tips on adventure racing for beginners.
Join an Adventure Race Clinic of Training Camp

The time and money you spend on race training will become more beneficial to you especially as a beginner. Many companies will offer a weekend or single day course where all experts will teach you all the basics to expert skills you need to know. Courses will include orienteering planning kayaking and nutrition for optimal health. The course will require you to get fully immersed in the race and put your knowledge to test.

Practice Navigation with Biking

No matter how good you are at navigation, chances you that you might have never tried it with a bike. Now is the time to practice reading maps and navigating while on a bike. The fast speeds will make map reading all the more difficult to comprehend.

Physical Training

Get started on practicing for physical training such as swimming and running. Make time to practice training with uneven terrains and challenging trails.

Make Cohesive Plans

In any race, you must plan your time around the checkpoint once the details have been released. One mistake every racer makes is to rush off immediately without spending much time on planning. Not only will planning your race make it go smoothly but also ensure that you don’t miss any information on the rules, regulations, supply stops, and checkpoints.


Stay Hydrated

During an adventure race, keep the weight of your kit low. This is one of the biggest burdens racers have is their water supply. Determine how much water you need and how long the event will take. For short races, a small water purifier will do the trick.
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