I am often surfing adventure racing websites from New Zealand in search for tips on training and paddling. After all, I paddle Sisson Nucleus, a multisport kayak imported from New Zealand.
Recently, I've discovered great training resources at Kathmandu Crazyman. It is an adventure race with kayak (12 km), run (18 km) and mountain bike (36 km) legs.
Established in 1990, the Kathmandu Crazyman is one of New Zealand’s longest running multisport events and attracts around 500 participants every year. Participants enter as individuals or teams in either the full multisport format (run/mountainbike/kayak) or as duathletes (run/mountainbike).
They have a series of interesting training articles downloadable as word documents:
What I really like about these articles is that they distinguish between a recreational racer and a serious racer (they use a word multisporter). So, there is a lot of useful information for "the rest of us." There is also a clear bias towards paddling.
As a feature event on the national calendar past winners have included Coast to Coast legends Steve Gurney and Hutt City’s own Jill Westenra, not to mention other world ranked athletes such as Neil Gellatly and Kristina Strode-Penny. Along with a $20,000 prize pool that includes $3000 cash, the Crazyman’s reputation as one of NZ’s top five races means it is also part of the prestigious Sportzhub.com NZ Multisport Series.
But first and foremost “The Crazyman” is a community event embracing all ages, abilities and backgrounds - some of them experienced endurance athletes, some of them relative rookies looking for a new challenge. In short, you'd be "crazy" not to contemplate the Kathmandu Crazyman - It’s a “Hell” of an event!