If you have never done an adventure race before it can be daunting and a little scary.Follow our tips to help you prepare for your first Quest adventure race:
Pick a race:
By registering for a Quest adventure race, it sets a target date to train towards and allows you to become focused on training.
Pick a training plan that suits you:
Give yourself plenty of time to train for your first adventure race. Most training plans range from 8 to 12 weeks and assume you have a good base level of fitness.
Practice trail running:
Introduce trail running into your training plan. This prepares your body for running on uneven terrain on race day.
Include some hills into your cycle training plan. Be comfortable with your bike and know how to fix a flat tyre.
Rest and listen to your body:
Rest is just as important as a running session. Your body needs time to recover and repair. If you feel burnt-out, low in energy or unmotivated take a rest day. Listen to your body as you train for aches and pains and seek a physiotherapy’s if pains continues longer than a week.
Fuelling your body for an adventure race requires thinking ahead. Not only on race day, but throughout your training program. Different foods work for different people. Try and test different foods and see what works best for you.
Hydration is important regardless of the weather. You should consume fluid before, during and after training. Don’t water load.
For shorter training sessions than 45mins water is fine. For longer runs consuming sports drinks like Lucozade Sport will fuel your muscles and avoid cramps.
Research the race:
Know what’s involved in the race and review route maps. Ensure you know your wave time and start location.
All this information can be found on our website.