Training thoughts

Training, now this is a whole long subject unto itself… The simple key points for adventure racing or anything comes down to three points:

  • Consistency – get out and do something aerobic 3..5 days a week
  • Patience – realize that it takes months (years) to improve
  • Pleasure – if you’re not enjoying the activity, you won’t keep going

Most of the races I do are more to provide focus rather then ends. The adventure race that Pat, Julie and I do is more just to have a fun afternoon doing something physical. In my case, I don’t get my pleasure from the day-to-day grind of training, but more from the people I’m training with. I usually run with Julie (or other people I know) and bike with a different group. Sometimes the workouts are focused, sometimes they are just chatty… Though we all are not the same speed, but we’re suffering together…

Realize that the sport(s) you might be interested in, can easily be supported by other day-to-day training… Simple ideas of things to think about:

Aerobic fitness —

  • Bicycling
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • XC Skiing
  • [all of those gym machines as well]

Strength/Balance —

  • Rock Climbing
  • Yoga – hatha/astanga
  • Gymnastics

It’s worthwhile to poke around and see if there is any organized activies in the area, everything from masters swimming to a pack of friends who all like to do XYZ.