How to get involved in adventure racing

Useful pointers to get you started in adventure racing

Adventure racing events can be either solo or team events. Finding people to commit to the training and adventure race weekends can be difficult (most of your friends will think you are slightly insane!). Don’t worry though … help is at hand. If you have decided you want to take that next step and give adventure racing a go then here are some top tips.

Ask for details about local adventure racing teams, clubs and events at your local outdoor retailers.

If you decide to form an adventure racing team, most events have four-person teams with at least one female racer per team. A good tip is to form a training group larger than four people to ensure that you will always be able to field a full team on any given weekend (people won’t always be able to race due to work or family commitments or injuries).

Look on the web …
There are many websites dedicated to adventure racing where you can access calendars of forthcoming events and teams advertising for people to join them.

Visit adventure race websites such as:

All of these companies organize entry level events for people looking to try adventure racing for the first time.

Train for adventure racing
Training is the key to succeeding in adventure racing … the more time you commit to training, the easier you will find events and the more successful you will be.

The amount of time you can commit to training will depend on you but here are some guide lines …

  • Hit the pool three times a week. Swimming is an excellent form of exercise; it increases your cardiovascular stamina without pounding away at your joints, like running does.
  • Practice your weakest discipline. Always focus your training on your weakest discipline whether it is cycling, kayaking or map reading … by focusing on your weakest discipline in training you will increase your chances of succeeding in a race.
  • Cycle or run to work if you can … cycling or running to work is an excellent way to get race fit and also means you start each day at work feeling more alive too!
  • Don’t overtrain! Your body needs time to rest and recover and many athletes do more harm than good by overtraining. Plan a sensible training schedule allowing at least one full rest day per week and when starting out increase the duration and level of your training gradually as your fitness increases.

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