Whether you are thinking of starting open water sea swimming or have been doing it for a while it is no harm to look at your techniques and safety again. Here are our top tips for successful open water sea swimming in an event.
With Gaelforce Connemara on the horizon we thought it was timely to dispel a few fears participants often have about the kayak section of adventure races. We also wanted to offer our top tips to those of you who know your way around a kayak but might want to improve your time on this section.
Strength training is so important for runners, and yet most of us tend to forget about it and focus on what we like to do…running. But the stronger you are, the faster you’ll run, and the better you will get at uphill, downhill, trail and mountain running. It also helps preventing injuries by getting all of your body muscles stronger, not just those legs! We have selected some of our go to exercises for trail runners and included links to videos which explain how to do each one.
We want to help you to train at home so check out Weeks 1 to 4 of our 12-Week Training Plan to get you ready for your next adventure.
To celebrate women in sport we are putting the spotlight on some of our amazing female adventure racers. All from different walks of life, but all bitten by the racing bug. Let's hear it from them what got them into adventure racing and their advice for newbies to the sport. #CantSeeCantBe
Only one adventure race to go... Time to have a close look at the current ranking in the Gaelforce Adventure Series.
This is the perfect guide for your new open water adventures. Or pass it on to any friends that you are looking to get hooked on the open water high!You know how to swim, you put in the practice. Time to sign up for a race and put it all into practise.
Leenane is a small village situated in the heart of the Killary Fjord and Connemara. It is well worth a visit, either for one of our events or for a relaxing weekend away. Here are our top 5 picks of things to do in the area:
What’s your understanding of tapering?
Tapering means to reduce gradually. This means that before the race, usually around 7 days (depending on the race you are setting out to do), you start to reduce your training in order to ensure your body is well-rested for race day! Here are our personal tips on how to taper leading up to one of the Gaelforce 10k Series run, or similar 10k events.
We are all creatures of habit and routine, especially when it comes to working out. But changing it up can really benefit your body and spice up your training routine. Most of you will already add the odd gym session to your training, but here are some of our favourites especially during the summer months!
When you think of trail running do you have visions of extreme, fanatical, super fit mountain goats going where no sane person should? Then we think it’s time we all lost our sanity, as the benefits of trail running are huge. Throw away all your preconceptions. Trail running is for anyone who runs or who would like to.
Check out the current rankings after Gaelforce West and see who is topping the poll. It's game on for Gaelforce North in September!
Signed up for your next adventure and wondering what shoes to wear? Do you go for clipless pedals and cleats or will your trainers be just as good? We get these questions a lot from people in the lead up to an event and here is our honest view on it.
You have breakfast, lunch and dinner balanced and correct but are you falling down with your snacks? We tend to focus on main meals when we are trying to manage our nutrition and then in between we are having soft drinks, a quick bar of chocolate or a packet of crisps.
A big event can take a lot out of you. Mentally and physically grueling, long endurance events test you to the limit. Being physically fit and mentally ready are essential but what can you do to help your body recover in the hours and days after you’ve given it all you’ve got?
As part of a two-year project, a group led by Jamie Young, and with the great support of Gaelforce & Killary Adventure Co, will be filming a documentary about Greenland and the wider Arctic. Jamie is one of the original founders of Gaelforce and was instrumental in bringing one day adventure racing in the form of the original Gaelforce 6 and Gaelforce 12 (now Gaelfore West) to Ireland. He has been a trailblazer in the outdoor adventure field since the 1970's. His favourite motto "Stand still and you are history."
Having watched thousands of competitors cross the finish line at a Killary Gaelforce event for 12 years we can be pretty sure of that adventure racing is for everyone.