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I learned a few things about doing adventure races. Please take my advice with a grain of salt, as I only did one. These are in no particular order:
- Tie your shoes tight with double knots. (the mud can suck them right off your feet)
- Pace yourself on the hills (once you are out of breath, good luck regaining it in the next obstacle)
- Get away from the pack (they will bring you down if you are attempting to make your best time)
- Don't ever stop moving forward. (it is amazing how fast you will tire and not want to move again)
- Wear quick drying long pants and tight shirt (crawling through a concrete pipe in your shorts will destroy the skin on your knees!)
- Don't carry anything during the race (they will provide water, so no camel backs needed and don't worry about sunglasses)
- Listen to the people at the obstacles and do what they say (I had to go through a pipe twice because I didn't listen (you were supposed to go through feet first and I went head first))
- Look for the weakest person at each obstacle. (They won't be doing their job properly and you will be able to get through faster because they are not good at what they are doing)
- Avoid the mud at all costs! (by getting into the deep mud you will slow down and use more energy)
- Make as few moves as possible when moving through mud whether it is crawling or climbing through mud pits.
- You don't need to be polite while you are racing. It is a race after all. Don't wait for someone to go ahead of you through an obstacle, watching them do poorly or get stuck doesn't help you make better time.
- Finally, know when the course is about to end, so that you have a little extra energy to run hard to the finish. Lots of people are dead tired at the end and it is an easy place to pass a lot of other racers.