Even though you have already found the best adventure racing blog ever, yeah I mean this one. You may be craving a little more information on Adventure Racing. Below are three books that I highly recommend you check out:
Ian Adamson is an Adventure Racing legend who has competed in just about every major adventure race held. His book, “Runners’ World Guide to Adventure Racing” is a good introduction to the sport. While it is not a “How-to” book and may be short on specifics that leave the reader wishing for more, Ian’s passion and excitement for the sport comes across. I recommend reading this book first if your looking for inspiration or something to make you want to get off the couch and go train. Amazon has this for the Kindle and I think it’s worth the 10 bucks.
Ok, let’s say you’re already pumped about doing an Adventure Race but you want specifics like what to wear, how to train, what to eat, gear to pack, etc. Then Liz Caldwell and Barry Siff have the book for you. “Adventure Racing, The Ultimate Guide” is more of a how-to style book giving good advice from two of the best racers out there. Well, probably not out there anymore since the book was published in 2001. Regardless, the information is still pertinent today. The book is out of print but I picked up an autographed copy for $0.32 + shipping. Yep, that baby is going to be a collectible one day…probably even double my money.
Now, you’re psyched for your first race, you got the how-to manual and know what to eat, what to wear, and how to train but then you realize, oh crap I can’t use a GPS or my super smart phone to get from point A to point B. I must learn the ancient art of orienteering. Well take a look at book #3 my friend, “Wilderness Navigation“. This book tells you everything you need to know about wilderness navigation (it’s even in the title). How to read a map, how to use a compass, and other useful tidbits are in here. But let me tell you what I really liked, in the back there are maps with questions where you can test your newly acquired skill. It’s a great way to find out if you really understood what the book was telling you, or faking it like you did in high school. I recommend getting it in paperback rather than Kindle format so you can make notes and write on the maps.
There you go, three good books to lead you on your way to dominating your first adventure race. And if that isn’t enough, you can download and check out free editions of Adventure World Magazine, the official magazine of the United States Adventure Racing Association (USARA). If you have any recommendations for Adventure Racing books, magazines, or blogs please post them in the comment section.