Back before this blog was created, P and I competed in an Adventure Race. Adventure racing is an endurance race (usually 8+ hours) that not only tests your physical abilities on a mountain bike, hiking and paddling – but also your mental abilities. In an adventure race you are given a start point and that is it. You have no idea what you are going to do, and have no idea where you are headed. You head to a series of checkpoints and then use a navigation card to figure out which direction you are going in with use of a compass and a topographic map. As someone who really likes to visualize races – this was a very hard race for me. I did not like no knowing where we were going and that was quite a bit more difficult to deal with than mountain biking. Needless to say, I have not competed in an adventure race since, although I would like to try again (toddler responsibilities make it a bit hard to race for 8+ hours).
The Spartan Race series of outdoor adventure races that taken the fitness world by storm. Spartan Races are held across the globe (Ottawa’s is June 28-29 for Spartan Sprint and Junior, July 26-27 for Spartan Super and Beast). The race distances range from the 3-mile ‘Sprint’ with 15 obstacles to the 26-mile ‘Ultra Beast’ with 50+ obstacles. The races are meant to take you out of your comfort zone and test you both physically and mentally. What better way to start tackling a marathon “hitting the wall” challenge than competing in a fun, adventure race?
Joe DeSena, owner and driving force behind the Spartan Races has written a book detailing everything you would want to know about the Spartan races. You will learn about the history of the Spartan Races, how Joe came to start the races, how to train like a Spartan, how to properly fuel and about some inspiring people who have competed in the races. I was given a synopsis of the book to read and it was twenty pages of Spartan information and stories that I read in one sitting. I am very much looking forward to when the full book comes out on May 17th.
Watch a TED-talk with Joe DeSena:
For more information, please visit the Spartan Up! Website.
If you are interested in competing in a Spartan Race – visit the Spartan Website (Canada) (United States). There are many locations and dates to choose from. There are even races for children! Also – if running a Spartan Race isn’t your cup of tea (why not?) – they are looking for volunteers!
Note: I was not compensated for this post. I was given a synopsis to read and I will be given a copy of the book when it is released.