Photo from the Big Chop Summer Paddle Series in Vancouver, BC

Photo from the Big Chop Summer Paddle Series in Vancouver, BC

With the nice and sunny Spring weather upon us, now is the time to get off the couch and do some racing.  We’re very fortunate to live in a place where we one can find numerous races on any one weekend.  Here is a list of some of the best ones that are coming up in the next few months:





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May 15, 2012 by Bryan Tasaka | No Comments on RACE DAY TIPS FOR THE MOMAR by Sarah Seads

It is often said that getting to the start line of an adventure race is the hardest part. Planning, training and co-ordinating teammates, gear and resources are often as challenging as the race itself. Now is the time to taper down your physical training and start preparing for the logistics of race day so that you don’t miss anything important. Get out your racer information package and review the details, deadlines, directions and, most importantly, the gear list to make sure you have everything you need come race day.

When it comes to preparing for the big day itself, there are things you can control but there are many more that you cannot. Anything can happen over the course of a full day of racing- and nearly everything will :). Control the variables you can, but expect the unexpected and be prepared to think on your feet to create a ‘plan B’, or even ‘plan C’ if your race day plans go off the tracks. It is rare to have a perfectly ‘clean’ adventure race but there are many things you can do to increase your chances of success. Here are 5 tips to help you prepare for the big day!

1. Get your gear organized early. If you think you will pack your gear the morning of the race you are just kidding yourself. Save yourself wasted energy and unnecessary stress by getting all of your gear checked, organized and packed as early as possible. There always seems to be at least one ‘fire’ that comes up during packing and prep so you might as well put it out early, rather than trying to handle it the morning of your race. Pack your food for the race, fill your water bottles, check your bike, and pack all your mandatory gear, etc., as early as possible.

2. Get to race central early. Set your alarm clock at least 30 minutes earlier than whatever time you think you actually need to get up on race morning. Better late than never does not apply to race day. Things will always take longer than you think on race morning. Giving yourself some extra time will help you keep your cool if unforeseen issues arise on race morning. Better to have too much time on your hands than to be that crazy, stressed guy racing to the start line with one shoe on and gear flying everywhere.

3. Take a deep breath. Racing is intense! Intensity is a very good thing if you can learn to channel it into positive forward moving energy. Learning to channel that energy takes practice and conscious effort. Taking a moment to refocus and take a few deep breaths when you are feeling overwhelmed can save you time and frustration later. This is very important when you are navigating. Sprinting off without taking the time to double or triple check your location and route of choice can cost you valuable time later. Take a moment to make sure you are confident with your plan and then sprint off!

4. Stick to your fuel/hydration plan. By now you should have determined a fuel/hydration schedule that works well for you during your training sessions. If not, figure that out this weekend! Stick with the foods that you know work for you and never eat something new on race day! It can ‘backfire’ on you big time. Not every energy gel or bar will sit well in your stomach and race day is not the time to experiment… trust me :). Remember the general rules: 30-60 grams of carbohydrates and 1-3 cups of fluids including electrolytes per hour and stick to a schedule. Set your timer on your watch or assign a team member the role of fuel/drink reminders. It is very easy to forget to eat and drink in the first couple of hours of your race when intensity is high. You cannot make up for this later and your performance and energy will suffer greatly when you need them the most. Eating and drinking early can make or break your entire race experience.

5. Have fun! Adventure Racing is a wonderful way to spend the day with friends, working hard in the beautiful outdoors. Be sure to enjoy the views, be in the moment and share the experience with your teammates and fellow racers. And don’t forget to show your support for the volunteers out there! There is always time for a thumbs up, a smile or a hi-5 to thank the selfless volunteers that line the course and make sure you have a great day. You couldn’t enjoy these experiences without them so be sure to say thanks!

Good luck, have fun and getterdone!

Sarah Seads B.A. Kinesiology, is the owner of Equilibrium Lifestyle Management, based in the Comox Valley. ELM provides fitness and recreational services including injury rehabilitation, personal fitness training, fitness and lifestyle assessments, Fitness Bootcamp and other Fitness Adventures. For more information please contact ELM at 338-8998 or check out

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Win a COMP Entry to the MOMAR! Check your (snail) Mailbox for your Lucky MOMAR Postcard.

March 14, 2012 by Bryan Tasaka | No Comments on Win a COMP Entry to the MOMAR! Check your (snail) Mailbox for your Lucky MOMAR Postcard.

Did you get a MOMAR postcard in the mail recently?  Did you notice a ‘lucky number’ under your address?  Well, here’s the deal.  If your number falls within the range of numbers below, then you win either a free entry to the MOMAR or a discount on your next MOMAR race entry.


  • 0 – 5000 – You won a comp entry
  • 5001 – 10,000 – You get $50 off your next MOMAR entry fee
  • 10,001 – 30,000 – You get $20 off your next MOMAR entry fee
  • 30,001 – 100,000 – You get $10 off your next MOMAR entry fee
  • 100,000+  You get a postcard for your fridge!

I sent these special postcards out to everyone who registered for a MOMAR in the past three years.  That said, some addresses may be out of date, or maybe you entered your address wrong (maybe forgot your PO Box?), or maybe you signed your teammate and didn’t put in the correct addy?  Well, I can’t do much about that so you get one if you get one!



  • STEP 1: Decide which race you would like to do (Burnaby or Cumberland)
  • STEP 2: Email with your “lucky’ number and I’ll email you back your ‘promo code’ that will apply your discount.
  • STEP 3: Register!
  • STEP 4: Get training



  1. Valid for a race in 2012 only
  2. Cannot be combined with any other discount offer
  3. Can be given to a friend if you can’t use it.
  4. Cannot be used for a refund if you’ve already registered
  5. Must register by April 15, 2012.

Good luck!

Posted in: Registration, Stuff You Should Do


January 28, 2012 by Bryan Tasaka | No Comments on FEAT CANADA 2.0 COMING FEB 9TH – 9 DYNAMIC SPEAKERS

The MOMAR has teamed up with FEAT Canada to bring you 9 dynamic speakers in an electric atmosphere.  You will experience 40 years of climbing, extreme skiing, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, freediving, cycling and hiking all in one action packed night of adventures and expeditions.  Join us on Sunday, February 12th, at Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver for one inspiring night of speakers.

Click on the link to get your tickets and use the discount code FEAT3G7 to get 25% off the door price.

Do you like BUFFs?  If so, click here for you chance to win one.

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January 6, 2012 by Bryan Tasaka | No Comments on BEFORE AND AFTER WITH MR_MOMAR. FINDING BALANCE (ALMOST).

Is there anything more synonymous with the start of a new year than hangovers and resolutions?  For me, the hangover wasn’t too bad and I’m working off the same resolution list as in years past. On the top of the list continues to be “Achieve work/life balance…”  and sure I’m one of a billion people with this same goal.

Trying to balance my time producing two MOMAR events and the Big Chop Summer Paddle Series with my demand of my day job and my family life is nothing short of challenging.  And add to that, my need to get outside for some fun on the trails puts even more pressure on that delicate balance.

Back in March 2011, I signed up for Challenge by Choice’s Virtual Coaching Program. I was excited but skeptical that I could find consistancy long term.  However, here I am, nine months later and, wow, what an impact the program has made on my life.

How it works?  Simple.  Adventure athlete and professional trainer, Jen Segger, set me up with daily workouts via the Training Peaks website. I would log in and see my workouts for the next few weeks. The workouts would always vary depending on my training goals but most of the training was running based with different types of workouts (e.g., fartleks, hills, tempo) on different terrain. She also included bike and strength workouts with different objectives for each.

The results have been awesome. Since March, I averaged over five hours a week of training, dropped 10+lbs and feel fitter than I have in a very long time.  I attribute  my success to the simple fact that I feel accountable not only to myself, but also to program and especially to Coach Jen.  It’s a great feeling to get home from a hard workout and log the results into the program, get an email from Jen saying something along the lines of “Good work, B!”

I will admit that fitting the training time into my already busy schedule continues to be my biggest challenge.  However, I’ve made it a priority and the delicate balancing act seems to be adjusting just fine.

Thanks Jen!

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