Have you ever heard of Adventure Racing?
Have you ever thought of running a race for motivation to get fit? Then after contemplating the idea you realize you are not interested in participating in the typical marathon, half marathon or triathlon? I don’t blame you! Training can be isolating and redundant! The races can also be competitive and overwhelming and ultimately BORING!
I am a leisure athlete. I train to stay healthy, have fun and be fit. I love to participate in competitive sports, but I do not focus on running, swimming and biking alone. I am a cross trainer, and want to participate in a race that reflects my free spirited, fun, cross training abilities. If this describes you – or someone you aspire to be, then read on…..
If you want to get fit, need motivation and really want to have one of the absolute best times in your life while training and competing then give Adventure Racing a try! These races typically involve mountain biking, orienteering (trail running and map reading), and kayaking! Some even involve rappelling and mud pile conquering! This is right up my alley! Running around in the woods, playing with compasses, kayaking, mountain biking, rappelling and jumping in and out of mud (depending on the race you choose)! This is the type of race you can get your friends and family to sign on for, you can train in groups and have a total blast participating in the event!
First you need to select your event. Then start generating excitement about your event. You can make it an office competition, a family event, a race amongst or with friends as a team, you can raise money for charity whatever you want. This is going to be your day, your race, your event. Make sure that whatever type of activity is involved in the race, you are able to train for it. Next start to plan your training. The publicity you have created about your race will create motivation to stick to your training plan and follow through with the race. Finally, be sure to start focusing on the fuel / food you consume to ensure your body is properly nourished for your training and to help you attain your goals on race day. Proper rest is also essential.
Now get to it! Start a training journal including an overview of the exercises you perform, the foods you consume and your feelings during your journey. When race day arrives you will have ventured on a personal adventure to a better self and you will have the most fun ever competing in your Adventure Race! Leaving you with a memory and health benefits that will last a lifetime!
Here is a list of some of my favorite adventure races! I am participating in the Muddy Buddy this year and hopefully a traditional 8 hour Adventure Race as well! May this article inspire you have find your inner child, go out exercise, eat right and make a change in your life and others! Have fun and train hard!
Here are some cool Adventure Racing Websites I found: