Here are our tips and advice to help you get to most out of training and have you fighting fit for race day:
Whatever gear you intent to wear on race day such as runners, shorts or t-shirt be sure to wear them during training. Never use new gear for the first time on race day as it may cause blisters. If you are using a backpack during the race practice running with it during training. Never wear cotton as it soaks up sweat and leaves you feeling cold.
Build up your training gradually and avoid doing too much too fast. This allows your body to adapt to the increase in intensity and does not overload the body.
Don’t let the weather predict your training. Nobody can forecast what the weather will do on race day. Run and cycle in different conditions to prepare yourself physically and mentally for race day.
Off road training
Run off road, on trails and up mountains. This will prepare your body and mind for race day. Embrace the sights and sounds of the great outdoors.
Rest and listen to your body
Rest is just as important as a training session. Your body needs time to recover and repair. If you feel burnt-out, low in energy or unmotivated take a rest day. Listen to your body as you train for aches and pains and see a physiotherapist’s if pains continues longer than a week.
It’s important to have tried and tested a food plan during training. Start with a health breakfast such as porridge and fruit. Never try unfamiliar food or gels on race day. The last thing you want is an upset tummy on the side of a mountain. Always keep hydrated before, during and after the race. Know your wave start time so that you can time when to have breakfast.
Don’t get too hung up on the kayak stage as it’s the shortest part of the race. We provide the double sit on kayak with all the safety equipment. Try to get some kayak training in before the race. If you can’t don’t worry check out our simple kayak tips blog.
Introduce cross training
Running and cycling continuously can put a lot of stress on your body and can lead to injury. Introducing crossing training such as swimming, yoga or weight training to reduce the risk of injury and increase aerobic fitness.
Research the race
Check out the race website for details such as wave times, bike drop off location, route maps and start locations