I often hear people say, “I would love to do an adventure race but the navigating thing scares me”. In reality, even if you’re a frightfully slow hiker, can barely sit in a kayak and spend more time pushing your mountain bike than riding it, you can ‘crawl’ your way to the end of any race.
Obtaining sponsorships is about targeting the right company and the right person at the right time and being able to offer your prospective sponsor a worthwhile return. And, as AR is arguably the only sport where even inexperienced teams believe they deserve to be sponsored, we’ve asked sponsorship guru, Max Cluer, to give you a couple of pointers.
Adventure racing demands more than just the time and energy you put into your training and those couple of days you take off work traveling to and from events. Adventure racing is an expensive sport – one that requires a substantial amount of financing, especially if you take part regularly in long distance events.
I have been involved in a number of AR events that were advertised as being ‘Suitable for Novices’. A number of people – experienced adventure racers included – seem to have been caught out by the term ‘Suitable for Novices’. I believe that the meaning of the message is in its interpretation, not its intent.
Safety in adventure races is a major concern addressed by event organisers around the world. They have to ensure that whether the team is novice or experienced, they will be able to complete ropes, water, hiking, mountain biking, horse/camel riding and other disciplines.
In adventure racing, rules are not made to be broken. In a sport where your survival could depend on assistance from a nearby team mate and compulsory equipment, it is clear that AR rules have been established to ensure your safety.
Sport psychology is a broad field of study and application. In what follows I have tried to be as practical as possible ad also to make comments and advice applicable to adventure racing in particular. One myth:The mind and body can be separated – dualistic view i.e. Racing according to a heart rate monitor will not guarantee success because it does not take in to acount your mind.