Pangea Community Forum

Posts: 27
March 15, 2012
1. Are there extra equipment we need or is recommended?
2. It sounds like the rapid water is going to be cold. I don't have any experience on rapids, so I'm mentally preparing to be capsized often. I'd like to start getting the right clothing that I won't have to keep upgrading in the future. What do you recommend for shirt/pants in the water paddling section?
3. Food-wise, can anyone share their views on a 30hr race?
4. Are we able to drop food off at transition points so we can refuel our packs when we head back out? Do people tend to bring dehydrated food packs?
5. How is the wildlife out there? Any need for defensive tools?
6. Besides the obvious terrain, what are the biggest differences between a FL adventure race and a Georgia one?
Posts: 29
March 28, 2012
In February, we did the 72 hour Sea to Sea, having only done a couple of 12 hour races before that. I cannot offer any Georgia-specific advice, but here are a few things I learned in the S2S:

1) Extra gear: lots of dry stuff. Probably a bigger deal in the longer races but having enough dry stuff (shorts, socks, etc) that you can strip off wet gear when you come into the TA and NOT have to wear the same soaking wet pair of tri-shorts for the next 22 hours is important. Wet shin = soft skin = chaffed / blistered skin.

2) be proactive about your feet. If you know you tend to blister or get hot spots put that layer of tape or moleskin on before the race even starts. Dry your feet if you can in the TA, and put on powder and dry socks. A spare pair of shoes might be good too, I was jealous of the Odyssey team's water-shoes on the paddle legs. No soaked shoes for them after the boat!

3) Food: if its anything like the Sea to Sea, you'll be in the TA every 6 or so hours. I packed my food into 1 quart ziplock bags with what I planned on being 3 hours worth of calories. (6 gels, a couple bars and a little bonus snack). That way, I roll into the TA, check the map for how long the next leg is, check my pack for how much I have left, do the math and grab a bag or two. It turns out I was "behind" my eating pace the whole way as I planned to eat more than I actually needed. I also ran a 30 minute count-down timer on a Timex ironman watch constantly throughout the race, so I'd have a reminder every 30 minutes, to eat and drink. Variety helps but you'll be sick of all of it by 30 hours. Don't try food you haven't used in training or other races. Race day is not the day to try new things.

Hope this helps. Have a blast. As hard as it was, we loved the Sea to Sea and cannot wait to try again next year.
Posts: 19
April 19, 2012
Not really extra equipment needed however nights can be much colder so wicking clothing to stay warm is important. Water sections regular race gear with dry cloths in dry bag in case cold warrants the need. Food carry enough calories to supply your need till getting back to your fuel source at Main TA. Teams carry all kinds of food with them. Carry what works for you with a little extra in case your time estimates are off. 200 calories per hour is good rule. Wildlife would assume act like in Florida with them more scared of you. Biggest difference is going up and down mountains and using contour lines on topo maps verses vegetation and trails as much on the navigation.