Knysna - The
past six weeks of training based in the Cape made for exciting expeditions in
very treacherous conditions. This brings me to my point of why do we
indulge in these crazy challenges?
life throws us all sorts of challenges like family duties, tough working
environments and economical unpredictability we still manages to go out for a
long run while it’s pouring with rain and temperatures way to low to be out
doing any physical exercise.
single endurance athlete started out by competing in a single, shorter
distanced race and gradually build their courage and signs of “No Fear” to a
point where the tougher the conditions the better the beer or wine tastes after
successfully conquering the mission set out.
war stories post race with your like minded comrades makes all the suffering
worth your while and also creates a opportunity to plan the next ambush as a
team. While the endorphins are flowing, make sure to plan the next attack as we
are spoiled with fantastic events right on our doorsteps.
just under 2 weeks to go, by now we all should have managed a solid
training block to compete at the Big5Challenge during the Pick n Pay Knysna
triathlon training, I have decided to approach the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster
Festival Big5Challenge in a totally different way than my preparation
normally takes place. Doing 6 training sessions a week with one rest day was
the norm, while also throwing in a easier week or two. This is what my training
weeks ideally would have looked like:
- Monday – Swim
- Tuesday – Bike
- Wednesday – Swim
- Thursday – Run
- Friday – Rest
- Saturday – Long Bike
- Sunday – Long Run
will account to around 8-10h of training a week.
goal for my next 2 weeks will be shorter, but harder, sessions with tempo
rides, interval sessions and hill repeats just to activate the fast-twitch
muscle fibers, followed with three days of decreased training volume where I
prepare and rest my body at the same time.
muscle breaks down into two kinds: slow-twitch and fast-twitch.
muscles work well if you run marathons, but if you want to achieve fast,
explosive movement you need bigger, high-velocity, fast-twitch muscle fibers.
key aspect of training for something like the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster
Festival Big5Challenge will always be consistency.
important is your recovery - and that does not only signify your 32Gi Recover
you use after each session, but also making sure you get enough rest and sleep
between training which we all know can be very tough with all the daily
duties we have to fulfill.
hard and be safe on the roads.
next blog post… I will cover the importance of equipment you need for the Pick
n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival Big5Challenge, the ability you need to
successfully finish such a challenge and use of nutrition while taking part.