BEAST Series: Installment #1

In our recent post we mentioned that in our travels both competing with our urban racing team "The Hard Corps" (follow us on Twitter here) and putting on the Xplore Racing Series we've learned that there's one thing all racers seem to have in common.

A desire to be better.  

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A desire to be in better shape, to have a better strategy, to know public transit better, or find gear that works better. 

Whether you want to just improve from a previous race, or you want to out-perform everyone around you, and be remembered in urban racing lure for years to come.  

Everyone wants to become an Urban Racing BEAST!

Knowing that, we've started our BEAST blog series that will help you get there! This series will provide exclusive content on everything urban racing and beyond, but to get all the inside tips and secrets you'll need to join our adventure community using the sign-up form in this post!   


Health and Fitness

There are a lot of skills that go into becoming a BEAST, but because urban races take place in a landscape constantly in a state of chaos, agility may be the difference between catching that subway that will carry you to your next checkpoint, and watching it pull away from the platform just as you're arriving.

Improve your agility and you'll be better at avoiding all sorts of time-sucking obstacles along the way.  Weave in and out of busy sidewalks like a gold medal run in the Slalom. Make a split-second decision to cut down that cobblestone alley instead of going around the block. Or dodge the bar flies at the post-race party and get your hands on that celebratory beer before the competition even arrives.

Start improving your speed and agility NOW using the workout below    


Strategy

Throughout this series we'll be talking a lot about different strategies in urban racing, including having various teams from around the country as guest contributors. For this 1st installment we are breaking down our 3 Key Factors in every winning strategy.  These exclusive tips are being sent out to our adventure community via our email list so if you're not signed up yet then use the form below and get them. Having been heavily involved in races from both the competitive side and the planning side these Key Factors are useful to learn and remember whether you're a first-time racer or an elite veteran to the sport.       

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Technology

The use of hi-tech devices and apps is a part of almost everyone's strategy in urban racing.  Whether it's as simple as a smartphone to research information, or an app you use during the race to give you that edge over the competition, we'll be covering a lot of it during this series.

These days using technology in your training is not only a really effective way of getting the most of your workouts, but it's also a lot of fun!  

We're excited to announce that we will be partnering with Runtastic for our 2014 Urban Adventure Racing season!  Runtastic has rapidly grown into an innovative suite of apps, products and services that track and manage health and fitness data to motivate individuals to get in shape, stay healthy and improve overall fitness.  

Our team has begun using it and we have to admit that it's pretty incredible!  Being someone who loves analytics and analysis (of pretty much everything), it enables me to workout smarter and achieve my goals faster.  

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With more than 60 million downloads worldwide and 25 million registered users on Runtastic.com, Runtastic’s mobile applications track distance, speed, pace, time, heart rate, calorie consumption and route traveled (via maps) when running, biking or engaging in other exercise activities. The results can then be viewed directly within the app, via Runtastic GPS devices or on Runtastic.com where users can view their online training log, get detailed data analysis and compare with others. 

In the near future we will be announcing Runtastic deals and prizes that will be available to our adventure community so stay tuned to our blog and social networks!  Until then, we highly recommend you download the free app and start using it.  Runtastic is available on iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry and can be downloaded HERE.   

It will become the preferred training tool for many Urban Adventure Racers across the country and could be the first step in you becoming an Urban Racing BEAST!