Monday, June 15, 2009
I have found something I really really really want to get into. There is part of me that just jumps up and down in excitement when I talk about it, saying "It would be so fun! Tons of fun! It is perfect it combines everything I really love to do with what I have always wanted to try." Then there is another part of me that says it's unrealistic for a young mother with young kids still at home to be able to devote the needed training time, not to mention the monetary means to this new interest, but I don't care I am not ready to give up on the possibility. It is ADVENTURE RACING. Say what? I know you may have not have heard of it so here is a brief sum up of what it is.
Adventure Racing offers an easy crossover for cyclist, runners and water sport enthusiasts just to mention a few. Adventure races can vary anywhere from 2-5 person teams, with some events now offering solo categories. The disciplines can also vary from race to race. Adventure racing can include shredding through tight single track on a mountain bike, or orienteering and hiking through a dense forest. Adventure racers may find themselves ripping down rapids in a canoe and then rappelling off a 100 foot rock face. The races can last a few hours or several days and can cover 10 - 100 miles or more!
The best part is that there is a new team here in Colorado Springs and I currently go to their weekly running club. They have invited me to join. I have to say I have no skills in orienteering, but this sounds like something I can get into if only I had the hundreds of dollars for the gear and all the spare hours for the training.