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David Power - Winner of Seven Black Steps 2012, 2013 and 2014

Race winner in 2012,2013 and 2014 David Power offers us some tips on the secrets to doing well in the Blackstairs Adventure Race

David Power winner blackstairs adventure race 2012 and 2013

David Power is an adrenaline junkie, mixing adventure racing with triathlon over the summer and cross-country running through the winter. A proud Waterford man, he’s won the Blackstairs Adventure Race in Wexford for the past 3 years, as well as consistently placing well in Dingle & Killarney over the last 4 years. Check out his blog to learn more..

Mountain Running: how can you prepare?

Running off-road is very different to running on the tarmac. I think it’s a lot better: you’re out in the beautiful Irish countryside, there’s no traffic, it’s undulating, twisting and unpredictable underfoot. So it keeps you on your toes. If you’ve never ran through a field, a forest trail road, a boggy path, then I’d suggest going for a walk or jog through a local forest or mountain path. There are lots of marked routes all over the country – start slowing to get comfortable and then over time build in a bit of speed, as it takes a lot to relax, use your peripheral vision to see around and ahead and also balance yourself. Oh and expect a bit of mud and cold water – your runners won’t be white when you finish! The Blackstairs route has 2 mountain runs – the first run is 10km and starts in Rathnure, gradually climbs up a small country road, and then hits the off-road section through the forest. Once you hit the ridge of the hill, it’s down through gorse and thickets to the bike drop in the distance. Don’t forget to enjoy the views of the Barrow Valley and Mount Leinster in the distance. The second run is steeper and comes after a long cycle, so your legs are tired. It’s a toughie, so practice going up hills for short bursts.

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Making the Transition from Other Sports

Most people aren’t born into adventure sports. Well except skyrunner Killian Jornet who grew up in the Pyrenees and who runs up Mount Blanc for fun. You might be sporty – having played team sports like basketball, football, hurling, rugby, soccer, etc. over the years. Or maybe you took up running as a way to keep fit and get some fresh air. Here are my tips for people making the transition to adventure racing:

T-1 Week: The Week Before The Race

With one week to go to BAR 2017 , David Power gives us his thoughts on how to arrive in tip-top shape for the big race. By now, you’ve been happily training through our mild April days, hopefully getting out on the hills by foot or under pedal. You might have even done a few races along the way, or got a bit of kayak training. However if not, don’t panic – “control the controllables.” You can’t change what’s passed – you can’t get back lost training days over the next week. All you can do is control the next 7 days.

Read David’s 2012 Race Report on his blog here..