Thursday Training Plan: Spring Challenge Taupo - Coach Ray

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Spring Challenge Training Training Plan

Thursday Training Plan: Spring Challenge Taupo

The Spring Challenge is an all women adventure race. These training plans will assist you and your team mates prepare for this great adventure around Taupo.

Designed for Beginner/Intermediate female Adventure Racers who are looking to participate in the Spring Challenge.  The primary goal of this training plan is to prepare you to finish the Spring Challenge COMFORTABLY.

Crafted by myself, Ray Boardman PGDipSportsMed, PGDipRehab, PGCertSc (Exercise Science), BSc (Anatomy), DipSportsStudies this plan encapsulates my passion for the sport, my experience from completing dozens of triathlons and adventure races, marathons and half marathons, and coaching hundreds of athletes to complete these types of events.

Starting 24 weeks before the Spring Challenge (on 14 May 2018), this plan progresses through phases to build you to your peak performance. Each week includes a range of sessions to build your fitness during the week and develop your adventure skills in the weekend. Although not necessary, I recommend using a heart rate monitor in conjunction with a GPS watch (such as a Garmin).

All programme options can be found here:

Purchase of this plan gives you access to my fortnightly coaching calls where you can ask me any training or racing related questions.

Purchase the programme today for only $177* through Training Peaks and have it loaded directly into your Training Peaks account. Don’t have a Training Peaks account? Sign up for the free Basic Account today (and get upgraded to premium for your first 7 days).

*Training Peaks works in US currency and this price equates to ~NZ$10.20 per week on the current exchange rate.


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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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