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What You Should Know Before Joining Adventure Race (1) – Introduction

December 25th, 2007 · No Comments ·
 
 

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Received couple of e-mails from blog readers asking tips about adventure race and Eco Challenge. Because I do not have any experience in this field, have to direct these readers to others.

Suddenly I recall fellow blogger, Ee-Van (aka Stupe), may be able to help. Shot an e-mail inviting him to be the next guest blogger. Ee-Van did not let me down. He took up the challenge. Another good writer and terrific experience sharing article! In fact, the article is so long that I have to split it into few posts becoming a series.

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Here is the first part of the series from Ee-Van:

“I got an e-mail from Mun, asking if I could write something about adventure races, as some of his readers has asked him about this sports genre.

While I do not claim to be an authority when it comes to Adventure races, and to start with, I have not won any of these races since I first joined in 2004.

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Looking back, I was just like everyone else that is reading my blog or MunFitnessBlog.com. I had zero knowledge when it comes to Adventure Races when I first started out in 2004. My only experience with this sport was confined to watching Eco Challenge on TV. I was awe struck by the sheer determination and of the athletes. It is like a sports not meant for everyone, but only the daring few, and being young and foolish, I was out to seek my own adventure.

So, when AXN race came about in 2004, me and a few friends decided to join it, to see what it is all about. Needless to say, we enjoyed ourselves so much with the thrill and spill of the race that we became utterly hooked on it!

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To begin with, Adventure Races is different from other endurance races such as triathlons or even marathons. Usually, adventure races requires you to be in a team of 2, and you will need to run, bike, climb, swim, do technical rope work, caving and even do mystery test which makes you laugh when you looked back. It is mixed of everything. You are expected to do everything and anything to reach a certain checkpoint, racing against the cut off time.

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Over the years, I have learned a thing or two about Adventure Races. And this much I can tell you: It is Murphy’s Law at its best.

  • If you think that you have to be in a superior fitness self, I’ve seen the fittest and strongest team losing out to nature.
  • If you think the gadgets you have are so high tech that it will get you out of South Pole, I’ve seen them fail on numerous occasion.
  • If you think heights doesn’t scares you, wait till you’re perched at the ledge of a 16 storey building on a 10 millimeter rope.
  • If you think you know what to expect, then better start by not underestimating the race route.

It all spelt F-U-N, isn’t it?

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The series of What You Should Know Before Joining Adventure Race:

  1. Introduction
  2. The Gears
  3. Hydration and Food
  4. The Race

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