Spirited Women – All women’s Adventure Race: Late-July 2022 e-news

Hi Spirited Women,

Happy July! Can you believe it is just over 10 weeks to our Central Hawkes Bay event?

We can’t wait to get back to doing what we love and that is seeing your smiling faces come across the finish line.

We hope you are all coping with winter and the colder darker days and nights. They say the best rewards come after the harder times, so we hope you are getting out there and enjoying the clear crips days and beauty of the winter night skies.

This edition is all about getting your winter training,  winter treats and getting you ready for our upcoming events in Central Hawkes Bay October 1st 2022  and Wanaka 1st April 2023

To those who are sitting on the fence there is still time to get fit and join us in the Central Hawkes Bay. If you are looking to buy or sell an entry to either our Central Hawkes Bay or Wanaka events, then please go to our Looking for a team or teammate facebook page

 

ADDING TEAMMATES TO YOUR SPIRITED WOMEN TEAM

We have noticed that many of you only have one, two or three team members signed up at this stage. Please make sure everyone in the team is connected to the team. The easiest way of adding new teammates to your Spirited Women’s team is by the new teammate making the registration themselves. This is simple and easy following the below instructions.

  1. The new team member/s need to create an Event Plus profile or login to their profile if they already have one;
    1. For the North Island event, click here – Central Hawkes Bay
    2. For the South Island event, click here – Wanaka
  2. Click ‘Join a team’ or ‘Register myself’
  3. Enter the code (PLEASE INSERT TEAM CODE) and click ‘apply’ when asked for which will automatically add them to the team, as per below image
  4. Then add their personal details and continue on with registration

Team Captains, if you have new teammates, please pass on the above step-by-step instructions, AND please remember to include your unique team code which can be found in your Event Plus profile or on your confirmation email. Team captains also please check you are in the correct age division. If not go, into your registration and change it before event day.

Need some assistance, get in touch here.

 

ZEFFER CIDER UPDATE: FINISHLINE FEELS!

Central Hawkes Bay ladies get your tastebuds tuned for your finishline celebration. Zeffer Cider will be supplying a mix of Apple Crumble Cider and Guava Seltzer cans for the HB event as well as 0% Crisp Apple Cider. Apple Crumble is a cult classic and one of their most popular ciders, the Guava Seltzer is incredibly refreshing and the 0% is award winning and leading the wide in zero percent products. Check out their website and online store

 

REFINE YOUR SKILLS WITH ONE OF OUR AWESOME PARTNERS WHO EXIST SIMPLY TO ENSURE YOUR EVENT DAY EXPERIENCE IS THE BEST IT CAN BE.

 

WE ARE THRILLED TO WELCOME GIRLS ADVENTURE SQUAD TO THE SPIRITED WOMEN

FAMILY OF PARTNERS!

For a while now our South Island ladies have been requesting Navigation and coaching clinics. We are super excited to welcome the Girls Adventure Squad – Andrea, Anna and Robi, to our team. These ladies are three awesome qualified coaches from Christchurch. It is their mission to support women to accomplish their goals big or small. These ladies specialise in Intro & Short Course Training Plans and Navigation Training Clinics. Check them out on facebook and on their website

 

TO KICK THINGS OFF THESE AWESOME LADIES ARE GIVING AWAY 2 FREE NAVIGATION CLINIC VOUCHERS (Worth $60 each!)

To be in the draw to win, you must currently be entered into the Spirited Women’s Wanaka Race 2023 Event, then go to the Spirited Women’s Facebook Page, find the post about this prize draw, in the comments name the three G.A.S Girl coaches and follow G.A.S Girls on Facebook. Winners will be announced on the Spirited Women facebook page on July 29th.

 

Upcoming G.A.S Navigation Clinics:

Sunday 21st August – Stage 1 (Christchurch based)

Sunday 18th September – Stage 1 (Christchurch based)

 

GET PREPARED AND CONFIDENT ON YOUR MTB …UPSKILL WITH BIKE CRAFT!

Paula is a World Masters Champion and Certified MTB Coach.  Spirited Women’s Bike Craft Clinics are tailor made for Adventure Racing.  Paula focuses on the types of terrain you will encounter on your bike and equips you with the skills that you will need to ride these safely and with added confidence.  No need to be afraid ladies – take this opportunity to upskill, achieve some personal goals and make your riding a whole lot more fun…you will be challenged, but within your limits 😊.  Paula will also show you how to make quick repairs to your bike and give you tips to help support your team-mates on the MTB sections.  Clinics are followed up with a Zoom session to answer any burning questions you may have pre-event day.  Spirited Women entrants receive a 20% discount.

Congratulations to Melissa Sleeman and Rachell Dobbs you have won yourselves a free MTB skills clinic with Paula – please contact her via emailpaula@bikecraft.co.nz to book your place

Check out Bike Crafts website for Clinic Dates and Locations.

 

UPSKILL WITH NZ ADVENTURE RETREATS!

Do you want to go into your next adventure race confident you know what you’re doing?

For 3 years Kym Skerman, Nic Leary and Rachel Smith have been running weekends full of navigation and adventure race skills so you can do just this. These sessions are for women wanting to learn adventure race skills or step up a level in their adventure racing and fast track their progress. Join 3 women with over 40 years (combined) AR experience to fast track your progress and confidence.

They have refined the weekend to cover the most in demand areas which include:

Navigation skills on foot, bike and kayak; navigating in the dark; gear choice and preparation; training and race nutrition; training schedules; team roles; fast and efficient transitions. Head to the NZ Adventure Retreats website to find out more info and register your spot

 

COURSE UPDATE ! NEW ON COURSE HYDRATION PROVIDER FOR BOTH CENTRAL HAWKES BAY AND WANAKA EVENTS!

We are stoked to welcome Tailwind Nutrition to the team. On event day of both our events, two aid stations will be stocked with Tailwind’s Mandarin flavoured Endurance Fuel.  Make sure you have your bottles ready to rock to top up and together with Tailwind get you through to the finish feeling energised and strong!

Don’t forget the golden rule though… Nothing new on race day! So grab yourself some Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel sticks here to try out in training. Use your discount code sw10 for 10 percent off. If you love Tailwind make sure you hang around on Sunday for the awards ceremony and pick up some pretty sweet Tailwind products as a Spot prize.

 

WHAT TO WEAR ON EVENT DAY ?

Zeenya tights are the most comfortable tights on the market, once you put them on you will never want to take them off. Zeenya have also just launched their most delicious quick dry tees and singlets. They’re incredibly soft and so nice next to your skin. Available in four new colours – including for the first time, black! They’re UV50+ protectant, super-fast drying (in less than 30mins) and made right here in NZ.

Head over to their brand new website to check them out.

 

TOP TIPS FOR THE BIKE LEG FROM OUR EVENT MANAGER!

Our Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race events involve three disciplines – Trekking, Biking and Kayaking. Here are some tips for the bike leg.

During this leg you can expect to be biking on trails, animal tracks, 4wd tracks, gravel roads, sealed roads, grass and even pushing your bike up or down hills, so practice the lot. Do as many of your trainings rides off-road as you can. Take your pack with all your compulsory gear with you on as many training sessions as you can. This is for strength, and to get your bum used to the weight, as well as the knowledge of your equipment (i.e. how are you going to get to your water? Food? Where is the most efficient place to store required gear for easy access? Invest in or make a map board so you don’t have to stop all the time to get your map out to read it. Learn how to use a compass to keep your map and map board always orientated to the land. If you like to wear clip in shoes, be prepared to carry a set of running shoes in your bag in case of remote transitions, if you like to wear flat shoes make sure they have some good grip. Get your bike serviced prior to the event. Get a tool kit and have a spare tube, some tyre levers, some allen keys and a chain break. Know how to use your tools. Practice prior to event day. Go to the Preparation page on the Spirited Women website for more ideas. Do the mahi get the rewards.

 

GET YOURSELF SOME GRIPPY SHOES FROM SALMINGNZ !

Having a great pair of grippy off-road shoes will make your day a better one and keep you upright. Our long-time supporters SALMING NZ are giving you all $50.00 off a pair of these amazing trail shoes. Jump online and take a look. The OT Comp – Off Trail Competition shoes land in NZ from Sweden this month! This lightweight shoe with Michelin outsole and compressible lugs are designed for performance on trails. It comes in our Spirited Women colours and will look awesome with our new head wear and hoodies.

Reserve your pair by placing a pre order online and get $50 off by using the code SWAR50.

Check them out on the salmingnz website

 

NEW OSM KIDS – BUBBLES WITH BENEFITS!

Do you love OSM bars? Then we have great news for your kids. Fresh from the OSM team, the new OSM Kids is designed to support kids’ growth and development. OSM stands for One Square Meal, reflecting a commitment to making real food with real nutritional benefits in a range of snack bars for activities, adventures, and everyday life. OSM Kids is a rice crisp snack bar that provides bubbles with benefits – made with 100% plant-based ingredients plus 10 vitamins & minerals to help with brain cognition and function, natural immune defences, digestive health, skin health and more.

A good source of fibre, with no artificial flavours or colours. And a four-star health rating. Perfectly sized for small hands, in two delicious flavours: Choccy Block, and Vanilla Confetti. Find out more at osm.nz/osm-kids

 

HELLO FROM BACK COUNTRY CUISINE

Back Country Cuisine is very excited the Spirited Women Adventure Race in the Hawkes Bay is all go! Our lofty goal at Back Country Cuisine is to help get more people into the outdoors. Today, getting people outdoors so they’re happier and healthier is more important than ever. That’s why we’re supporting the Spirited Women Adventure Race. For those of you who haven’t come across us before, Back Country Cuisine is freeze dried food for adventure. We’ve packed the taste of New Zealand home cooked meals into convenient pouches that weigh less than a third of their weight when you eat them. All the best with your training from the team at Back Country Cuisine. Third placed teams in all divisions will receive a sample Back Country meal to try. Nom nom nom. Check out their meals here

 

RAB SPOT PRIZE GOODIES SPOTLIGHT!

The Rab Filament Hoody is built for high-output pursuits in cold winter conditions. It uses a lightweight, fast-wicking Thermic™ recycled fleece with a 7% elastane content for plenty of stretch.

It also features an athletic, low-bulk cut and smooth flatlock seams for the easiest possible layering. Despite a weight of 274g, the fabric is extremely warm and durable, providing plenty of insulation whilst helping transfer sweat between layers and away from your body.

Additional mountain-ready features include a full-length YKK® front zip, a zipped chest pocket, an under-helmet hood and a set of unobtrusive thumb loops to keep your hands warm and sleeves in place. Make sure you attend our awards ceremonies as the following RAB items will be up for grabs per event.

1 x Filament Hoodie

1 x Eco Downpour Jackets

1 x Force Hoodies

1 x Force Tees

Check them out here

 

WE WELCOME WOOLAID AND ZEROTWENTY2 TO OUR FAMILY OF PARTNERS OFFERING UP SOME SPOT PRIZE GOODIES

WoolAid is a hyperfine merino wool adhesive bandage. WoolAid is a sustainable solution to help all types of everyday wound prevention and recovery. Using 100% hyperfine merino wool for both the bandage and wound pad, WoolAid is a naturally high performing, breathable, flexible, soft to touch and strong bandage that is biodegradable. 100% merino fabric means no plastic or latex.

We are also beyond SUPER amped to have Lily Trotters, Fractel and Goodr involved with Spirited Women. ZeroTwenty2 SportsCo was founded with one goal in mind, to provide a high-quality, smart, and reliable online adventuring goods store for everyone who loves to get into the great outdoors!! Use your discount code sw10 to get 10% off.

 

 PARTING WORDS FROM US

We are very excited about the next few months and looking forward to reconnecting with you all soon. Winter is the worse time to motivate yourselves so make sure you are connecting with your teamies or setting up groups in your community to motivate you to get out at least once a week.

Check us out on Instagram now 😊

Kindest regards, Neil, Katrine and Debbie

 

THINKING OF ALL OUR WONDERFUL EVENT SPONSORS

Finally, we would like to say that undoubtedly the best way you can show appreciation for the wonderful event sponsors who have got behind this fantastic event is to choose to purchase their brands when shopping. Thank you.