An expedition is something unique that conjures up many exciting possibilities that normal traveling may not be able to expose. If you love to be actively involved in outdoor activities such as mountain climbing, snorkeling, towing, among others, then you have not tried adventure racing.
Adventure racing is a multi-sport race where teams of about 1 to 4 compete to find a series of check points as quickly as possible. Adventure racing is the ultimate race of the human endurance. Teams of about four athletes race without a stop, be it day or night through a course covering up to 800 km in length.
You do not have to be an expert outdoorsman to compete in adventure races. Contrary to what most people believe, physical preparation is the least important part of adventure race training for anyone beginning this type of racing. The first thing you need to do is to prepare your body.
Each course is a different journey with legs of mountain biking, kayaking, trail running and rope work. Teams need to navigate using map and compasses through remote wilderness checkpoints. These athletes not only battle other teams but also fight against extreme fatigue, unpredictable weather and sleep deprivation. If one member quits, the entire team is unclassified. Victory only happens after reaching the finishing line.
The best part of adventure racing is about the adventure. This challenging sport takes you to fantastic locations with breath taking scenery. Your body and mind are pushed to the ultimate limit. You also introduce yourself to amazing people along the course of the sport. Until you get your map before the start of the race, you have no idea where you are going and what kind of challenges will be facing you.
What Makes Adventure Racing Awesome
A strong will characterizes adventure racing. The competition occurs all year round and in nearly all conditions. Adventure racing is quite appealing to multi-sport athletes. It is a team sport, and all members of the team must be mentally and physically ready when entering the race. You also enjoy networking with people and getting yourself invited to all meetings.
If you are a novice and you want to get started in adventure racing, be patient in regards to your preparation. See the whole sport as a journey rather than a destination. You can ease into your running by doing 2-3 weekly jogs of about 3km at a time. Do some of your ridings on the road with some occasional MTB rides to sharpen your technical skills. To improve your core strength, you need to take part in weekly strength training, either in the gym or by using suitable weight repetitions.
Besides all, fuel yourself up for the challenging sport ahead. What you eat during races will depend on the race itself, and your personal preferences. Avoid too much-sweetened foods. When it comes to hydration levels, you will be overwhelmed by a lot of information and advice out there about hydration. The sure advice is to stick to the norm and follow the advice given by your nutritionist.