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Six Months to Adventure Racing Glory, Week One

In an adventure race, you have to be prepared for every possible scenario.  Getting lost in the woods?  Better have your space blanket.  Find yourself on the water at night?  Don’t forget those glowsticks and zip ties.  A grizzly crosses your path?  Take out the bear spray and aim for the eyes.

But gear can only get you so far.  You have to train yourself to handle the conditions, too.  So, in addition to this morning’s 13.5 mile run and tomorrow’s 45-mile ride, I decided to spend this weekend working on some of the fundamentals that every adventure racer must master.
(1) Sleep deprivation: A Friday evening bowling extravaganza gives way to a Friday night at a local bar.  Fall asleep at 1:30 AM.  Fast forward 4.5 hours.  Up and at ’em.  It’s time to hit the trails.
(2) Unsure footing: Running through a Manayunk parking lot, I turn my ankle on a crack in the sidewalk.  What better way to build up strength and flexibility?
(3) Proper fueling:  A Friday evening bowling extravaganza wouldn’t be complete without a slice of bowling alley pizza.  A Friday night at a local bar wouldn’t be complete without a honey wheat beer.  Pizza and beer (and Annie’s bunny grahams after arriving home, for good measure) – what better way to carbo load?
(4) Night biking: Saturday evening Labor Day BBQ.  One mile from home.  Break out the mountain bike.  Don the flipflops.  Strap on the helmet.  And go.
See, I’ve got this adventure racing thing down!

7 responses to “Six Months to Adventure Racing Glory, Week One

  1. RunningLaur September 7, 2009 at 1:12 am

    It's like the urban version of adventure racing!

  2. Angela and David Kidd September 7, 2009 at 1:52 am

    Of everything you mention, it's that you ate bowling alley pizza and lived to tell about it that impresses me most.

  3. Amanda September 7, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Woo, sounds like fun training!

  4. The Happy Runner September 8, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Ha! Love it.And, yes, bunny grahams are great for carbo loading!

  5. RunToFinish September 9, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    you amaze me, seriously all the stuff you do is just fun

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