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Preparing for your first adventure race

Getting ready for your first adventure race? Good on you – here’s some advice you might find useful

  1. Be informed
    Know whats involved in the race and review route maps. Ensure you know your wave time and start location. This information can be found on the event page of the Quest website and in the final email you will get before race day.
  2. Food plan
    It’s important to have a tried and tested a food plan during training. Start with a healthy breakfast, such as porridge and fruit. Never try unfamiliar food or gels on race day. The last think you want is an upset tummy on the side of a mountain! Always keep hydrated during the race.
  3. Know your gear
    Never try out new gear on race day as it may cause discomfort, blisters and chafing. Be familiar with the mandatory kit.
  4. Run stage
    The run stages are on uneven terrain, when training, practice some off-road running. If you’re not a runner its ok to walk the run stage, you won’t be the only one.
  5. Cycle Stage
    Include some hills into your cycle training plan. Be comfortable with your bike and know how to fix a flat tyre. If the hills are getting too much for you get off and push your bike. You will save energy by doing this.
  6. Kayak Stage
    Don’t get too hung up on the kayak stage as it’s the shortest part of the race. We provide double sit-on-top kayaks with all the safety equipment. Try to get some kayak training before the race.
  7. Pace yourself
    Regardless of how fit you are when doing your first adventure race, it’s important to pace yourself. Adventure races are all about endurance more than speed. Focus on finishing the race and having fun rather than time.
  8. Party on
    Once you’ve crossed the finish line you can bask in that warm glow of achievement. Enjoy the after-party with your fellow adventure racers while your body takes a well-deserved break!


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