Yay you’ve entered Spring Challenge 2017!
If you missed out on an entry never fear, things can change right up to the last minute. A place could become available for your team if you’re on the wait list, or another team might need a replacement for a team member who can no longer compete.
Here on Make it Dirt you’ll find a series of snack size articles to help with your preparation, to get you feeling confident and ready to enjoy the event.
We’ll cover getting started, training ideas, gear and nutrition tips, event week, and what to expect out on the course (besides to expect the unexpected!).
There will also be a whole feature for arguably the most important part of all – your SUPPORT CREW.
It might seem daunting but it’s such an exciting challenge and I can guarantee that you will learn a lot, about adventure racing as well as yourselves.
“Who is she to be dishing out advice?”…you might be wondering…
I’m certainly no Fa’avae, Gurney or Ussher but I’m always excited by multisport and adventures, and in my several years of racing I’ve learned a few things you might find helpful.
My Spring Challenge experience began in Hokitika in 2014 where I joined a team of ladies I’d never met before for the 9 hour event. It was my first adventure race and my first time navigating to reach checkpoints.
We took 15 hours in torrential rain (almost 6 hours longer than the winners) to complete the course around the West Coast wilderness. But I was hooked.
For the next year I roped in a couple of friends for the 6 hour event in Wanaka in 2015, and introduced them to the adventure racing scene. We had a team member change around when we took on the 9 hour event in Golden Bay last year and managed to nab ourselves a spot in the top 10. We’ve got the same team back together and looking forward to facing the challenge that Nathan serves up for us this year.
Let the Spring Challenge 2017 journey begin!