Pop quiz, Hot Shot.
What is the #1 piece of equipment that can have the BIGGEST impact on your race? Think about it for a minute. I’ll wait…
Your compass? Nope. Your bike? Uh-uh. Your backpack? No sir. Your brain? Well, probably, but I can’t really help you with that one. I’d argue that, aside from your brain, your FEET are the most important things you take with you during an adventure race.
If your feet are unhappy, you and your teammates are unhappy. If your feet hurt, you and your teammates slow down. If your feet aren’t properly taken care of and they get beyond the point-of-no-return, then your and your teammates’ race is over. Plain and simple.
Running a 5K can be rough on your feet at first. Running a marathon beats them up even more. In longer distance endurance events, like ultra-marathons and triathlons, your feet take a serious beating. In adventure racing, though (especially 24+ hour races), your feet get wet early and often, they usually stay wet for long periods of time, and they can get absolutely destroyed.
The list of foot issues during adventure racing and training is huge. Here’s just a small sample of problems that could arise: Blisters, black toenails, trench foot, jungle rot, ingrown toenails, numb toes, maceration, frost bite, sprains, dislocations, rashes, infection… and on and on and on.
It’s all been overwhelming to me, so I’ve always just kind of stuck my head in the sand and did the best I could. Well, that was before I purchased Fixing Your Feet: Prevention and Treatment for Athletes.
I’ve known about this book for several years, but I just never got around to buying it. Man, that was really stupid. Do yourself a favor and go to your local bookstore or Amazon and pick this bad boy up right now. It’s less than 14 bucks, and it’s just under 10 bucks for the Kindle version. If you have a Smarphone, I suggest getting the free Kindle App so you can have a copy of this book as a reference with you wherever you go.
I’m in the process of building my own foot-care kit to have in my gear-box at every race, and I’m confident I’ll have much less foot problems in the future. I’ve learned a TON of information, and I know you will too. I’m not sure why it took me so long to invest (Yes, I consider this an investment since it will serve me well for the rest of my life) in this book, but I’m glad I did. You should do the same and thank me later. I guarantee you’ll be happy with it. And if you’re somehow dissatisfied, then I’ll send you a signed photo of the one and only Bob Jenkins (valued at $100 +/- 100).