Saturday, November 3, 2012

Adventure racing strategies – Mark McCann

Rating: ***

“If it can go wrong, it just did”: the credo for adventure races. This article really opens your eyes to all the things that can potentially go wrong during an adventure race, and how to prepare yourself and your team for just about anything. Gear should be packed in advance and be easily accessible to all teammates at all times. During an adventure race time is far too valuable to be wasted on trying to find your gear. Efficiency is vital when it comes to transition areas. According to this article transition areas are very important because the team uses the area to eat, rest and get ready for the next portion of the race. Sleep deprivation is a common obstacle during an adventure race; however, this does not necessarily mean it is easier to overcome. “Practice sleep management, not sleep deprivation.” It is extremely important to become familiar with the effects of sleep deprivation on yourself and your teammates to avoid irrational decision-making. Carbohydrates are probably the most valuable nutrient during an adventure race, however your body’s supply is quickly drained. To deal with this you must continually replenish your body with easy to digest carbohydrate and other nutrient-filled foods during the race. It is also a good idea to go into the adventure race with the knowledge of using a map and compass even your team already has assigned navigators. Adventure racing is about overcoming adversity and self-reliance. It is about achieving and exceeding your goals, making self-discoveries, and learning to cope with nature’s harsh elements. Following these steps prior and during the adventure race will help you conquer the constant obstacles you face along the way to victory.

Mark McCann. Adventure Racing Strategies. Ottawa Outdoors. Retrieved November 3 2012.

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