By Athlete Ambassador, Kyle Nesbitt
As athletes we are constantly looking to improve ourselves and the easiest point of measurement is our opponents.
Adventure racing is a pretty small community compared to some of the larger IronMan and Mud races. This makes it difficult to learn and hone your skills for the various disciplines as most commercial trainers don’t have a deep knowledge of what it takes to race and navigate coherently for such long durations. How much should you train? How do you need to fuel? These are very important questions and figuring out the answers through trial and error at races becomes be time-consuming and de-motivating.
Over the past year I have been making great friends and connections in the adventure racing community and have recently started training and talking strategy with other racers. It’s amazing what you can learn from running, biking, paddling or navigating with people other than your teammates. I look forward to each of our workouts together, as they also include great war stories from being on-course and it’s easy to relate to them as you may have been just behind them coming into the finish line.
Training with other adventure racers works as a support network and “carrot” on the trail to push the pace to the next level. In doing so, I know we have each managed to push our abilities and challenge our weaknesses whether technical or physical. Last year I even got one of them hooked on the benefits of Hammer products.
Idea’s that we have each come away with:
- Food on course (Aside from fuels) – (Peanut butter bacon wraps, Sweet Potatoes)
- Mid race treats- Mars bars, Wine gums etc
- Better on water Navigation and paddling techniques
- Two person navigating vs solo (one on Compass, one of terrain reading)
- Managing team breakdowns
- Using gel flasks for concentrated Perpetuem
- Navigational route choices
Going forth I challenge you to work with your race day rival to improve your performance.