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Training for Spring Challenge

A couple of nights ago I hosted a Webinar on ‘How to Train for the Spring Challenge’.

For those that missed it here is an overview of it.

Training each week should be based around three key types of workouts:

  1. Adventurous Sessions,
  2. Fitness Sessions, and
  3. Recovery/Easier Sessions.

Adventurous Sessions

These sessions are best done with your team mates in the weekend, but if you can all get out mid-week there is nothing to stop you doing the adventures then. Take a map and compass and have all your compulsory race gear in a wee back pack. Go on an adventure together and practice your navigation.

Here is an article I wrote last year about planning Adventurous Sessions for Spring Challenge:

Fitness Sessions

These are designed to make you fitter and can be done with your team mates or by yourself. Having your team mates do these workouts with you will provide motivation and commitment but if due to circumstances you can’t all get together then that is fine. Fitness sessions are all less than an hour in duration but are a higher intensity to build your fitness quickly.

Each week I post a number of different fitness sessions on this website. Here is this weeks cycle session:

Recovery/Easier Sessions

These sessions are designed to enhance your recovery from the more physically demanding training. If you have a big weekend planned then schedule one for on Friday (unless that is part of an adventure weekend you have planned).


Although I had some technical issues here is the webinar replay in full, with the Q&A session at the end.

Training Plan

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Ray has competed in triathlons from sprint to ironman distance (both IM Taupo and Challenge Wanaka). Consequently he is aware of the importance of balancing training with lifestyle, thus complimenting other important aspects of an athlete’s life (family, work, study commitments etc…). • Entering your first triathlon? • Stepping up to a longer distance? • Looking to go faster? • Wanting to turn previous negatives into positives? Ray has coached athletes to achieve these and more. Training programmes are accessible online, so athletes can be located anywhere and still reap the benefits of Ray’s coaching. Contact him to discuss how he can assist you to achieve your goals.
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