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In this section of the site you’ll find bundles of our accumulated knowledge on all things adventure racing and outdoorsey. Well, maybe some tips to help, and an explanation of some of the terms we use throughout the site.

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Volunteers bringing smiles to tired racers faces.

Volunteering

There are a lot of race reports on this site. Like, heaps, and heaps. They cover adventure races, marathon mountain bike rides, runs, hikes, walks, you name it. But they (hopefully) all have one thing in common: thanking the volunteers at the end because, without volunteers, none of these races would happen. Races, even local club races, take a lot of time and effort to set up, from course planning and marking, through to all the admin work and timing (to determine who really did win that sheep station). If organisers had to pay for that time and effort, well the events would be too expensive for the average punter to enter.

... Read how much fun it can be! ...
On the ocean without a paddle
Riders working hard

TriHards Recovery Strategy

I have read that it’s very important to replenish your protein and carbohydrate stores within 30 minutes of a decent workout. My actual (anecdotal) experience suggests getting good quality protein on board within 30 minutes of a decent exercise session greatly reduces the onset of DOMS (the two day burn).

... Learn the secrets of recovery ...
Adventure racers

Adventure Racing

Knowledge is the result of putting experience to good use (or, in our case, disastrous experiences!) So, here you will find our tips for adventure racing, which is based on things which have gone wrong, or things we wished we’d done during previous races. It’s basically a compendium of the lessons learned section at the end of our race reports. So, they’re all real, and all beneficial!

... Learn from our mistakes ...
Adventure racers

Adventure Rating System

There are many ways people can measure the scale, difficulty, or challenge associated with an adventure. Hikes and runs can be measured by distance, and total ascent. The challenge associated with river kayaking can be determined through the distance, and grade of rapids throughout the course. Riding, like running, can be measured by distance, ascent, and the type of track. All of these measures apply to specific disciplines, and are somewhat tailored; how do you measure the difficulty or challenge involved in an adventure race? Furthermore, all of these measures require a bit of record taking during the event, and calculation afterwards, when all you’ll want to do is clean up and relax.

... Read all about the TriHards standardised system ...
Adventuring with a Baby

Adventure Rating System

As I’m sure the staff of TriHards sponsor PANDSI would agree, braving the great outdoors with a baby or toddler is one of the best ways to shake off the baby blues. It’s a chance to get some fresh air and exercise and allow the hollering of your offspring to dissipate into the atmosphere. Somehow, being out of the house can just make things that little bit easier for both parents and babies, especially if you take along some friends to help out. However, to fully enjoy the experience, a little planning makes all the difference.

... Read Mrs GPS’s Tips ...
Blood

TriHards Doping Scandal!

Rumours have recently been spreading throughout the TriHards that one of their ranks has been engaging in the unethical, uncompetitive and just plain cheating behaviour of blood doping. Even more of a concern is the fact that it does not seem to have improved his results in the least! We tracked the culprit down to a room in Garran, where we found him reclining in a chair, with several ladies hovering over him ensuring his comfort, and passing him a chocolate milkshake.

... Get the goss! ...
Racing freaks

TriHards Freak-O-Meter

Here at the TriHards, we’re constantly amazed at the fitness level of some groups who enter into the various events we do. If you look at the results, particularly of the AROC races, as a histogram (no, we are not geeks!) you’ll see that the results never have the standard bell curve style of distribution. Rather, there is a small lump at the front, then a more normal looking bell curve. These people at the front are those we affectionately call freaks.

... Are you a freak? ...
Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink

TriHards Hydration Strategies

Touch wood, I’ve never had a cramp in an event. I rarely suffer from them at all. I’ve seen team mates fall over, unable to go on due to cramps. I’ve heard many people talk about them. But I’ve never cramped up in an event. Not even long distance, single-discipline events such as the Wild Endurance. While it may be luck, possibly just the way I’m built, I reckon it has much more to do with my hydration strategy.

... Thirsty? ...
Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink

Hydration Pt 2: Bladders

I reckon hydration packs and bladders are the bee’s knees, particularly for adventure racing. They let you carry around enough water to get you through an event, be it a race, a hike, a ride or a paddle, as well as carry some extra gear such as food or a first aid kit. All this in a small pack that sits nice and close to your body.

... Not that sort of bladder ...
Bladder backpacks

Hydration Pt 2: Packs

There are all sorts of different packs on the market, in many shapes and forms to suit any purpose, or anyone. For me, there are three key attributes to any bladder pack which I bear in mind when picking one out; for someone else it may be how well it matches their uniform. You just never know really.

... Which pack for you? ...
Indoor climbing holds

Indoor Climbing Tips

Some of the TriHards have been regularly heading out to Canberra’s Indoor Climbing centre for a number of years now; this, however doesn’t make us experts! We haven’t climbed the roof yet, or done the lead climbing course. Being the non-competitive types that we are, we just go for cross-training purposes (okay, for fun and socialising, but cross-training sounds a lot better!) We’ve picked up a few tips along the way, which may be of some use

... Hang with us ...
Bush commute to work

Wrinkle-free Rides to Work

Have you always been keen to ride to work, but not keen to crush all the clothes you just spent all of Sunday night ironing? You don’t have a locker to store a work week’s worth of clothes? Well, fear not, for the dedicated TriHards have encountered this problem themselves, and come up with a solution; a way to pack work clothes so they don’t get creased or crushed, so that you’ll look fresh and crisp at work.

... Get fit and look good ...
Adventure racers with wet shoes

Dry Shoes Quickly

You know, you can do what you like with shoes: hang them on the line, put them in a sunny spot, and they just don’t dry through for days. And, let’s face it, not many of us are Imelda Marcos and have shoes to spare. Mine are getting soaked every morning when Max takes me for a run - and there’s nothing worse than putting on a cold pair of shoes in the morning

... Get drying! ...