Three Tips For Preparing For Your First Inflatable Race

Posted on: 7 June 2016

Racing can be a lot of fun, but after a while, it can seem a bit monotonous. If you are an avid racer who is ready to try something new and exciting, consider competing in an inflatable race. An inflatable race is when you run a race that has large inflatables placed throughout the course. The inflatables are designed to be strong enough to hold the weight of grown adults and there are often different obstacles to overcome on each inflatable to keep the race fun and exciting. The guide below walks you through a few tips for preparing for an inflatable race.

Strengthen Your Ankles

When you climb and run on the inflatables, your ankles will bend in odd ways that is not common for you because the inflatables do not provide a solid base to run on. Take the time to wear shoes that properly support your ankles and take the time to strengthen them before the race. Try standing on one foot as often as you can and build up enough strength where you can do a one-legged squat. While this exercise will work many of the muscles in your leg, it will also work your ankle because you have to try to stay balanced.

Upper and Lower Strength is Important

When you race in an inflatables race, you will be using more than just your legs to compete. Take the time to do some upper body exercises, as well as lower body exercises, as you prepare for the race to ensure that you are able to lift yourself up as needed when competing in the race.

Learn to Pace Yourself

It's important to realize that you may become winded quicker than you would on a traditional race because you will be using so many different muscles when competing in the race. This can cause you to become more fatigued in less time, so practice setting a pace for you to follow during the race that is slightly slower than you normally run so that your body can recover between each inflatable.

All of these preparation techniques will help you to be able to have as much fun as you possibly can in the safest way possible. If you start to feel your body feeling more pain than it normally does during a run, don't be afraid to stop and take a break on the side of the race until you feel better. You do not want to push yourself too hard, because you could end up injuring yourself. Contact a company like Adventures In Climbing for more information.