Finding good teammates is rather difficult. Not only do you have to find people committed to adventure racing, but candidates have to be a good fit physically and socially. Ideally, they would also live in the same area so that the team can train together.
We think that there are 3 main traits a good team member must have:
- Gotta have passion: If there is no passion for adventure racing then there is little commitment for it either. Given the time and money required to race, passion is paramount—which leads me to my other two traits.
- Gotta have time: Racing takes time. There is training time and racing time. Most sprint races are on a Saturday, which means we’re traveling Friday evening, racing on Saturday and traveling home Saturday evening. That makes for a pretty long couple of days, but it gets us back to our families sooner. We also train 6 days a week with weekday sessions lasting an hour and one long training session either Saturday or Sunday that can be from 2-5 hours long.
- Gotta have money: Adventure racing can be expensive, especially if you’re just starting out. There is gear to acquire to cover the multi-sport aspect and then there are race entry fees, transportation costs, hotel or camping costs, food, etc. We plan on one race per month and these races can cost between $50/person to $350/person. We typically limit ourselves to 1 or 2 expensive races per season. Lodging and travel costs are divided equally among the team members.
While the three items above may dissuade you from getting into adventure racing, let me be the first to encourage you to give it a try. For us, there is no other sport like adventure racing. I have tried to describe it, but my words never capture the essence of it. It is something that you have to try and then decide for yourself. All I can tell you is that we were hooked from our very first race. The combination of the physical and mental challenge mixed with team dynamics, the beauty of the natural environment and exploration of the unknown are what makes these more experiences than races.
Intrigued? Want to give it a try? We’re looking for teammates. We are not Ironman fit podium placers. Ideally, we are mid-pack finishers but sometimes we fall short of that goal as well. If you’d like to know what we’re about, check out our Team Creed. If you’d like to train or race with us, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org