Partner 1 Row 250m
Partner 2 Kettlebell hold in rack position
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Notes: I’m back from my first adventure race this last weekend and it brought to mind a couple things. The first question is probably “what is an adventure race?” Adventure races are relatively new in terms of origination and participation. The first races being in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Here is an exerpt from wikipedia about adventure races: “Adventure racing is a combination of two or more disciplines, including orienteering (if an orienteering map is used) and/or navigation (when non-orienteering maps are used), cross-country running, mountain biking, paddling and climbing and related rope skills. An expedition event can span ten days or more while sprints can be completed in a matter of hours. There is typically no dark period during races, irrespective of length; competitors must choose if or when to rest.”
Click here to read more on wikipedia.
The race I participated in was a sprint, to be finished in 2-4 hours in Truckee (North Lake Tahoe) and started in Northstar (ski resort in Truckee). The race consisted of mt. biking, trail running and kayaking. Couple things came to my attention very quickly on this. First, elevation. Lake Tahoe sits at roughly 4580 ft. and the top of the mt. at about 7250 ft. Normally it takes about days to acclimate to elevation. I did not do that. I paid a price for that. Next, I have been on a mt. bike maybe 2x in my life. This became a factor when we had to climb up from the lake to the top of the mt. again. Third, supplements work for me. They don’t work for everyone. Fourth, not knowing what to do, where to go and what comes next is as real as it gets. Training for the unknown and unknowable has it’s application. Lastly, how do we know if our training is working? By participating in a variety of sports and see how you do! I realized that my training has prepared me to be able to do just about any sport. I challenge everyone to find a sport to participate in and do it. Our evolution requires it. Push the edges and see what’s out there for you. Take a little “test drive” and see where you are.
In preparing for a similar race in the future I would be more precise on my nutrition during the race. I cramped up pretty bad during the race and that is usually from electrolyte deficiencies. This was my own fault, I had the fuel on hand, just didn’t trust in the plan and follow through on the execution. Next, I would spend more time sitting on the bike. That seat did me dirty. The friction points and connective tissue adapts a lot slower than cardio and power and I understand that first hand now. My brother used to tell me that part of endurance training is not just the cardio endurance, but just sitting on that damn seat hurts and there is no getting around saddle time. He was right, I was wrong. But, I’m way better looking. Next, I would want to have a more ketogenic diet leading up the the race. I’m naturally more of a power guy (my background is sprint swimming, 50 yrd freestyle, 100 yrd freestyle – 20 sec to 46 sec of work, no oxygen) and it’s going to take a lot of work to balance my energy systems out. I need to spend more time in the oxidative pathway to be a more rounded athlete. Ketogenic diets do not produce the acid that burning glucose for fuel does, which is good for endurance sports, not so good for power sports – need to find balance. Here is a great article about that.
The point is this: how do you react when you find a “chink in your armor?” Check out the CrossFit Journal “The Chink in My Armor” by Greg Amundson to read about how a CrossFit Superstar approaches it. If the goal is broad based fitness, the ability to do anything anytime any place, you better build a base that gives a firm foundation to build from. CrossFit does just that in spades. From there, troubleshoot and keep hitting all the angles to become balanced and complete.
If anyone is looking for more personal attention to train for their specific endeavors, feel free to contact me and we can build a training plan/nutrition plan to accomplish those specific goals.
I hope everyone is doing well, see you all soon.