Are you a former athlete that is struggling these days to get into shape? Do you feel like your glory days are well behind you? If this is you, you’re not alone. It’s common for people that have competed at a high level in their past to have problems filling that competitive void as we get older and life overwhelms us. The good thing is that it’s never too late to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Even if you keep yourself in good physical condition it may be important to seek out new challenges in your life that reaffirms your commitment to fitness and keeps the fire burning within you. In the following newsletter, we will discuss obstacle and adventure racing as a means of getting your competitive juices going again. We have also attached a circuit workout to help you prepare for these types of races if you choose to try one: https://youtu.be/rljbm8JBV3E .
An obstacle race is a sport that, while traveling by foot, you must overcome various physical challenges such as, climbing, crawling under and over objects, crossing shallow bodies of water, carrying heavy objects, and jumping over barriers. Obstacles can be natural landscapes like hill climbs and tree crossing or man made obstacles such as wall climbs and barbed wire crawls. Races test strength, endurance, mobility, and mental toughness all wrapped in one event. There are many options for course length and difficulty level. Whichever race type you choose, the common theme should be a good fitness challenge and lots of fun. People often run these types of races as a team. At the end, many races provide live music, food and drinks so everyone can celebrate their accomplishments together. Here are some of the local obstacle races coming up this Spring and Summer. You can also check out mudrunguide.com for many other upcoming events.
1. OCPR Down and Dirty Obstacle Mud Run – LaGrange KY May 18
2. Spartan Race Indiana Sprint- Lawrenceburg IN July 20
3. Tough Mudder Indiana- Columbus IN August 3-4
4. Kentucky Warrior Dash- Sparta KY August 24
Adventure racing is a multi-discipline sport that most often includes trekking, mountain biking, paddling and navigation. Other less common disciplines that could be included in some races include repelling, climbing, white water rafting, skiing and horseback riding. Most races are team events but some offer solo competitions. Adventure racing can be for everyone but, often times, it’s the adrenaline junkies that are attracted to the sport. Due to the need to navigate through open terrain, you must devise strategies and tactics under fatigue. For that reason, adventure racing challenges the mind and body simultaneously. Race lengths can vary from 2-4-hour sprints to some races lasting two weeks or more. According to realbuzz.com, to enter an adventure race you should be fit enough to swim 0.5 miles, mountain bike 12 miles, and run 3 miles. For complete list of nationwide upcoming events look at United States Adventure Racing Association’s (USARA) website USARA.com. Also, if you would like to try a short local race with less complex navigation look at the Mission Lite adventure race on May 11th taking place in Henryville IN. You can find information at dinoseries.com.