After completing more than 50 kilometres of trekking across rugged terrain, Rod and Zac Powell are already planning their next endurance adventure.
The father and son combination finished the Kathmandu 12-hour adventure race last weekend and have set their sights on another gruelling test in less than two weeks time.
A date with Scott 24, a 24-hour mountain bike ride in Canberra, awaits the dynamic duo, as well as plans to continue their foray in the distance racing discipline.
‘‘We will probably do the 12-hour again next year and then we will maybe look at the 24-hour,’’ Rod Powell said.
‘‘It is the first 12-hour that we have done. It is probably your standard adventure race, then double it and half again in distance.’’
Their 12-hour feat involved a combination of running, kayaking and mountain biking around the Lake Macquarie region to meet a total of 27 checkpoints hidden nearby.
The pair completed the course in a time of 10 hours and 15 minutes, finishing 12th in the men’s division and 22nd overall in a field of 42 teams for the 12-hour discipline.
‘‘I was happy to see the finish line, the last two kilometres was like murder,’’ Rod Powell said.
‘‘It is very rewarding finishing it. We were the only father and son combination and Zac was by far the youngest, I don’t think there was anyone else under 20. I was one of the oldest at 44.’’ Rod Powell was extremely proud of the efforts of his son, who is just 15 years of age.
‘‘I was saying that I was the weak link on the team now because I could always beat him substantially in the run but over the last 12 months his riding is just phenomenal so when we get on the bike up the hills he just shoots up them," Powell said.
‘‘When we were running I set the pace and he keeps up but when we are riding he sets the pace and I just sort of hang on to the back of him.’’
Powell acknowledged even an abundance of training, including weekly mountain bike climbs of Mount Kembla and Keira, couldn’t fully prepare the body for the physical and mental struggle involved in the event.
‘‘The big thing with it is the fatigue,’’ Powell said.
‘‘You have got to concentrate on where you are and where you are going through the bush.’’