HELP! NEWBIE needs advice on 1st ADVENTURE RACE

HELP! NEWBIE needs advice on 1st ADVENTURE RACE

Post by carlos.tor.. » Tue, 05 Aug 1997 04:00:00


Hello RST,

I am entering my first Adventure Race next month and I need help on what
to expect.  Now I know how it feels when people post innocent questions on
RST about triathlons and what to expect because I am completely clueless
on what to expect.  The race I am entering is called the Hi TEC Adventure
race here in Miami, Florida on Sept 14th.  The brochure just says to bring
your bike but offers NO insight on what the logistics will be and I do not
want to wait until the day before to find out.

If anyone has done this type of race (RUN, BIKE, KAYAK, and other special
events) please help.  Specifically I was wondering about the following:

-  Should I bring two different type of shoes (running and biking).
-  Will I be racking my bike in the same place I picked it up.
-  What kind of gloves should I bring along for kayaking and wall climbing
(assuming this is the special event).
-  Are the kayaks built for 2 people or 3.
-  Energy replacement:  Should we rely on the organizers to provide
liquids and food during the 3 to 5 hour race.

Any other helpful tips would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,
Carlos Torres de Navarra
TEAM KEY RATS
C***Gables, Florida

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HELP! NEWBIE needs advice on 1st ADVENTURE RACE

Post by Treemos » Tue, 05 Aug 1997 04:00:00

Quote:
>-  Should I bring two different type of shoes (running and biking).
>-  Will I be racking my bike in the same place I picked it up.
>-  What kind of gloves should I bring along for kayaking and wall
climbing
>(assuming this is the special event).
>-  Are the kayaks built for 2 people or 3.
>-  Energy replacement:  Should we rely on the organizers to provide
>liquids and food during the 3 to 5 hour race.

Hello, Carlos,

I too am doing my first adventure race Aug 23. It is the longest day in
CA.
From what i know of the Hi-Tec races I would answer your questions as
follows.

-both types of shoes, you can decide there.
-bike gloves will do for the kayaking. I think everyone uses the same kind
of inflatable kayaks. You could use your bike gloves for the climbing
part, but maybe you might want a heavier glove, like a full leather work
glove.

-kayaks probably hold 2 people. Three person kayaks are not the usual.

-bring whatever energy stuff you need, better to be prepared.

All the above you mentioned is easy enough to bring and use or not as the
situation warrants.

In the Longest Day, they supply NOTHING. We have to have a support person
to supply us with water food and transport bikes, boats(not supplied) to
the various checkpoimts.

The Hi-Tec race is geared towards the regular people, so they will maybe
run it like a triathlon, with a couse that brings you back to your bike or
boat. They mey even have some aid stations on the course.
If one comes to my area I would do it, but I am not going to travel far
for a short one like that.
Good luck.

Ken

 
 
 

HELP! NEWBIE needs advice on 1st ADVENTURE RACE

Post by copelan » Thu, 07 Aug 1997 04:00:00

Carlos,

Half of the fun of the Adventure Race is not knowing what to expect!  I
will
tell you this much from my experience at the first Hi-Tech race held
last October in Pittsburgh.  

1.  Start with you bike helmet on (if the bike is first and they make
you run to your bike)....
2.  The Kayaks are inflatable, 2 people in 1 and 1 in the 2nd.  They are
hard to manover and can be frustrating...I seem to recall going round
and round and round and once in a while forward....but hey it was for
fun right?
3.  The races are somewhat "tame" as compared to the "real" adventure
races so just go and enjoy.  Don't worry too much about equipment.  They
provide anything other than your bike, helmet, and shoes.  
4.  Back to the Kayak thing....don't plan on getting out dry....so
consider wearing no shoes or the shoes you biked in and have dry ones to
run in.

Thats all, the rest you will have to experience!

Have FUN!

KarenC