AFTER nine months of training, Ignacio Sande was gutted when he pulled a muscle in his back during training just a few days before the Maxis Projects 6+6 Adventure Race.
However, he was not one to give up.
The Invercargill man waited at the transition site at Flat Hill Wind Farm on Saturday, about 3km from Bluff, for his team of three to arrive before he took over on the second activity about a 30km cycle to Teretonga Raceway, near Invercargill.
“I was very annoyed when I hurt my back because I was really looking forward to this but it would have been impossible to run.”
Despite the knock, he was happy to take part with hundreds of other keen athletes who “love Southland and love to be outdoors”.
The two-day adventure race consisted of mountain-biking, orienteering, trekking and kayaking with a twist all the locations were kept secret from participants until the day of the race.
On the day, each person was given a map to study.
“We competed in 2018 and loved it so we really wanted to come back again this year,” Mr Sande said.
Run by the Southland Triathlon and Multisport Club, the activities were squeezed into two six-hour stages on Saturday and Sunday, and people from throughout the country took part.
The fastest teams were to complete each stage in four to five hours, while all teams had six hours to finish. To up the challenge, the circuit also included two periods of racing in the dark.
Hundreds of tents and vehicles were parked at Teretonga, near Invercargill, last Saturday, where competitors and their supporters camped ahead of the 7am start on Sunday.