The official definition of winter is “the fourth and coldest season of the year, coming between autumn and spring”. This is not to be interpreted as “a cold period of four months, from May to August, when athletes become sufficiently sedentary to gain 10-kilograms and lose hard-earned fitness”. Escape the clutch of your cosy couch with these winter training tips.
With AR, mountain biking, paddling and running events every weekend, we’ve all got the opportunity to race regularly.
In July 2003, I took off for 6 days purely to train, spending a lot of time on my feet in preparation for events in September and October. This was a holiday where I did nothing but mtb, hike, eat and sleep – free from the distractions of normal, daily life. A luxury!
Whether you’re a top level racer with a high level of base fitness or a ‘social’ racer who is in it for the adventure and your aim is just to finish not to win, your training program should build your endurance, strength, speed and power in a number of disciplines.
With so many different disciplines and only so much time, training for an adventure race is no easy task. There’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ programme because how much and how hard you train depends on the type and distance of the events in which you’d like to compete, your familiarity with each discipline, your fitness level and your goals and aspirations.