Spring Challenge race day is finally here. Let's get out and enjoy the challenge and adventure!
Here are my last words of wisdom for you...
Don't try anything new on race day. You may have heard this plenty of times before - that's because it is great advice! A challenge like this can push you beyond your comfort zone, so by sticking to what you know with food, gear and clothing you'll have a good chance at having a successful day out.
Keep warm. If it's a chilly day it's just not worth it to be cold and shivering - find a place to stop that's as sheltered as possible and layer up. Put fresh dry layers on next the skin. Taking 5 minutes to stop and do this will mean you'll be warmer for the rest of the day and your body is more likely to put energy into going fast - instead of the energy going into keeping you warm.
How are you going to find your support crew in transition? How is your support crew going to find you?
Transition areas can be hectic with speed stripping, bike chucking, and the general chaos that comes with many small groups of women being in a hurry. Everyone has their own ideas about the best way to organise gear and food in transition so it's a good idea to have a chat about it the night before. Transitions are a good place to refuel. So if you maybe haven't quite had enough to eat or drink on the previous leg take a few minutes in transition to top up the tank.
Keep eating. Pre-opening packets so you're not fumbling with cold hands, or trying to avoid holes on your bike is a handy trick.
Food and water on the raft. Depending on the length of the raft leg you might want to take food and water on the raft. There are plenty of options for this so just have a think about what is going to work best for you and your team.
Be confident as a team with your navigation decisions. It's quite common to see teams on the side of the track arguing about which route to take.
Enjoy the adventure! It might not always go to plan but it's an awesome effort just to make it to the start line. It's pretty special to be a part of the largest adventure race on the planet, so just get out there and get stuck into the challenge Nathan has set for us this year!