The Complete Guide to Adventure Racing: The Insider's Guide to the Greatest Sport on Earth

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Adventure sports have seized the interest of the world. According to the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) 189 million outdoor enthusiasts in the U.S. were involved in adventure sports and travel in 1998. Millions of Americans are heading outside for fitness, self-discovery, and a closer connection to the environment, and many are creating a lifestyle out of it. Adventure racing is a new multi-discipline sport that requires individual will, endurance, survival skills, outdoor savvy, and teamwork to be ...
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Adventure sports have seized the interest of the world. According to the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) 189 million outdoor enthusiasts in the U.S. were involved in adventure sports and travel in 1998. Millions of Americans are heading outside for fitness, self-discovery, and a closer connection to the environment, and many are creating a lifestyle out of it. Adventure racing is a new multi-discipline sport that requires individual will, endurance, survival skills, outdoor savvy, and teamwork to be successful. The duration of adventure races varies from one-day races to two-week expeditions requiring both day and night navigation through harsh and challenging terrain. The sport requires the athlete be versed in a variety of outdoor sports, have individual drive and the highest team skills. In The Complete Guide to Adventure Racing, you'll learn: the best techniques for biking, paddling, and climbing, gear selection, proper use, and preparation, navigation and orienteering essentials, tips on nutrition, hydration and health, team strategy and logistics, a comprehensive listing of schools, races from around the world and much more.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781578260645
  • Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.53 (w) x 1.98 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2001

    Complete Guide to Adventure Racing: The Insider's Guide to the Greatest Sport on Earth

    I know Don Mann personally. Don is an exceptional human, with great integrity, compassion and commitment. Not only was he a legendary seal, but he has a mastery of an incredible array of competencies, from scuba diving to sky diving, from ultra marathoning to mountaineering that make him uniquely suited to author this incredible resource - in fact the perfect person. Believe me -- he has been there -- from the jungles of South America to the mountains of Nepal; not only in the service of his country, but also as a premier adventure racer himself and as the leader of the most ambitious adventure racing company in the world. Whether you are a budding or serious adventure racer, this is one of those books 'you don't leave home without'. But don't take my word for it; listen to Ian Adamson's words from the foreward of the book: 'Having the fortune to get to know Don through subsequent races such as the Raid Gauloises..., I am glad to report he is one of the most sincere, kind, dedicated and personable characters in the sport. He has a wealth of experience as one of the earliest US athletes in adventure racing and through teaching dozens of camps and hundreds of athletes...Don brings a lot more to teaching than his expertise, however. In addition to being an elite endurance athlete, he has a contagious enthusiasm for the sport...The combination of Don's and Kara's (co-author) experience, passion and exceptionally clear writing delivers in great detail the nuances of the elements of adventure racing.' Do yourself a favor, whether you are into adventure racing or just enjoy spending some serious time outdoors hiking, climbing, biking, kayaking, whatever....Buy this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2001

    Complete Guide to Adventure Racing: The Insider's Guide to the Greatest Sport on Earth

    This book is destined to be an AR classic! No doubt in my mind. While Don Mann and Kara Schaad are the principle authors, it is their decision to incorporate the wisdom, advice and lessons learned by themselves, other racers, and support people from the racing community that makes this book a gem. Kudos to getfitnow and Hatherleigh Press ! They have presented another smart, graphically designed book (check out Stew Smith¿s ¿Max Fitness¿ for another example). The book is nicely sized, uses gray charts for emphasis, key points are bullet listed, concepts are bolded, and both black and white and color photographs are sprinkled throughout. This book proves adventure racing is a compressed expression of human experience and that it is all about what the human spirit is capable of in adversity. A metaphor for life. Chapters are thematically structured. No stone is unturned for the beginner or experienced racer. In retrospect this book is extraordinarily ambitious in scope and depth. Don and Kara do not fall short of these checkpoints. Everything -and I mean EVERYTHING- is covered, from clothes, navigation, trekking, paddling, biking, climbing, horses, etc. If it can happen in a race, Don and Kara cover it. The writing is intelligent as it is balanced: technical discussions include practical application of concepts and principles. Don, Kara, and numerous contributors avoid technical jabberwocky where possible by illustrating their advice in each of their thematic chapters. The two chapters that I found most technical were mountain biking and climbing; and it is deservedly technical. It is the symmetry, however, between information and implementation that makes this book a solid winner. The book calls itself a primer but that is not accurate. A primer teaches you basics, like grammar. This book shows you the language after grammar. For example, the ¿Getting in Gear¿ chapter, will give you a gear list and reasons on why to pack X, Y, and Z. Anecdotes ¿from the field¿ in the same chapter from experienced racers will illustrate techniques and often, some hard-earned lessons on why you pack that X, Y and Z. Concept reinforced by Application. Theory is supported by Experience.. Anecdotes from racers supplement the expert guidance and tips in each chapter. Racers explain how using a concept that Don and Kara explained earlier in the chapter saved them time and averted injury. They also are honest when they violate key principles and paid dearly with lost time, frustration, and injuries. There is a purpose to everything that is explained in clear, concise language. These racers are real people not super-humans. All the anecdotes from racers throughout the chapters deliver high and low points from real races. Don and Kara have done the readers a service by collecting years of experience from these racers. Racers feel strong, wimpy, irritated, and triumphant in a race. Want motivation: read any one of the essays by Angelinka Castaneda and I guarantee you that she will set your attitude straight. She is gutsy, humorous, and heroic. These anecdotes also assist readers in learning about the many Adventure Races that have cropped up all over the US and abroad. Special mention should be made of the contributions made by medical staff and support people. Read some of their anecdotes and you realize the behind the scenes are as hard as front line action in a race. Where do Don and Kara exceed my expectations? It is in chapters, like ¿Nuts and Bolts¿ where you learn training trips to prepare for an Adventure Race. It is in chapters, like ¿Nutrition and Hydration¿ where you learn what types of food you eat. What makes this book real? Any one of the real race scenarios: afraid to carry extra water for hydration because you¿re too macho about weight constraints? Read Don¿s brief description of dehydration at the X-Games in Baja and avoid paying the price. This isn¿t Sur

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2001

    Complete Guide to Adventure Racing: The Insider's Guide to the Greatest Sport on Earth

    The Complete Guide to Adventure Racing by Don Mann and Kara Schaad is destined to become the definitive work on adventure racing. I am not an adventure racer myself, but I am a runner and mountain biker with aspirations to do an adventure race one day soon. I have found this work to be not only informative, but inspiring as well. I especially enjoyed reading the articles by top adventure racers, tips from experts in every field of adventure racing and the personal stories of those who have fulfilled their dreams of extreme challenges. The book is well written and the photography and illustrations are first class. Don and Kara have assembled advice and instructions from the best multi-sport athletes in the world. I have read every book ever written about adventure racing and this is, by far, the most informative. I consider it an invaluable addition to my 'library' of sports and fitness literature. If you have ever competed in an adventure race, simply have a dream of someday pushing the limits of your physical boundaries, or you just want to read interesting stories of those who have, The Complete Guide to Adventure Racing is a 'must read'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2001

    Complete Guide to Adventure Racing: The Insider's Guide to the Greatest Sport on Earth

    I read the book straight through and I found it very useful. I feel like I have gained a basic understanding for the sport of AR, and I am more excited and motivated to 'get out there' now then ever. David Mocsary

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2001

    Complete Guide to Adventure Racing: The Insider's Guide to the Greatest Sport on Earth

    Finished reading this new book on the way back from the Walkabout AR three weeks ago.Reviewed it again the last couple of days. I'm sure I'll go back over it many times.What a great book. By far the best book about AR with loads of practical information. Everyone interested in Adventure Racing, experienced or novice, should study it carefully.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2001

    Exceptional Reading! The best Adventure Racing book on the market!

    The Complete Guide to Adventure Racing is the only book on the market today that covers all aspects of the sport. Written by Don Mann, an early pioneer in the sport of adventure racing, triathlons and multi-discipline sports. Don Mann is a retired Navy SEAL who has devoted his retirement years to promoting the sport of adventure racing through one-on-one coaching, the Odyssey Adventure Racing Academy and now with the Complete Guide to Adventure Racing. This book is simply the best source of information on the market.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2001

    Complete Guide to Adventure Racing: The Insider's Guide to the Greatest Sport on Earth

    This book has all the basic to expert tips and tricks any adventure racer could desire. Everything from discipline techniques to foot care. I highly recommend it.

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