One of the biggest reasons to participate in the event is to commit to a change in your lifestyle.
If you are reading this page you can do the event with some preparation, 100%.
In the modern world we’ve become to expect fast and instant results. The human body doesn’t work like that. It takes regular efforts over a period of time to feel changes and improvements - they do happen and when they do it’s an amazing feeling, pride and satisfaction. The person you will be in the future will thank the person you are now very gratefully if you can step up to the challenge, you won’t regret it.
These training programmes are guidelines only, essentially an overview of what you could do to prepare for the race but also to receive the benefits of training, getting fitter, losing weight, toning muscle, building strength, learning new skills, whatever your goal.
Training for adventure racing should be enjoyable and rewarding. Because of the multi-discipline nature of the sport, you are never required to do to much of one thing, and changing disciplines for training can be as good a rest day, which allows some muscles to recover while you exercise others.
If you follow these programmes, depending on what event you are entered in (3-6-9) you will be fit and strong enough to complete the event. It is important to note that the full benefits of the programme goes hand in hand with other lifestyle choices, if you can improve your diet, avoid unhealthy foods, hydrate adequately, sleep more and aim to have less stress in your life and more adventure, you will likely find the programme transformational.
You can be flexible with the hours and the disciplines to suit your needs. The important thing is to reach the weekly targets and to spread the sessions out.
Added to the training, look for other ways of increasing mobility in your life. Choose the stairs, choose a car park further away, looks for ways to make normal tasks more demanding, embrace physical movement. There’s nothing wrong with the old mechanical egg beater!
In the programme, the run and bike column speaks for itself. The paddle column has more flexibility because not many people have access to a kayak to paddle. If you do that’s great, either a kayak, surfski, stand up paddle board or waka ama. If you can’t get on the water doing an upper body workout at a gym will be worthwhile - you won’t need to do leg work at the gym as your running and biking will be suffice.
Navigation is an important part of adventure racing so it’s beneficial to learn map and compass skills.
The will be times when you’re tired and unsure if training will be beneficial. If you are ill or injured then it’s likely obvious that rest is the best medicine. But if you think it’s more a motivation issue, apply the 10-minute rule, start your training session and if after 10-minutes it feels like a mistake, call it quits, the 10-minutes won’t hurt and you’ll feel better because you tried.
Try to avoid training the same discipline consecutive days and remember that in most NZ cities there are excellent clubs and groups that all welcome and encourage new people so make the most of those opportunities.
See you at the start line;-)
Jodie & Nathan Fa’avae