TRAINING

6633 Arctic Ultra Training Schedule – OVERVIEW – 2018

Rest       Kit
Rest Day. No running or walking. Swim or similar if you like…. massage perhaps!! Very steady pace, predominately (if not all) walking. However, seek some tough terrain such as boggy paths on the hills and fire breaks in forests. Steady pace mixing walking and running. Never struggle. Typical terrain might be hill paths, forest tracks and minor roads. Steady run the flat and downhills, walk the hills. Good paced run, but typically not a beasting. Occasionally give it some welly, if the mood dictates, but don’t make a habit of it. Injury prevention is prime Rest day – but a day to dedicate your thoughts to your systems and your kit.
Week Wk Start Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
1 Aug-07 1 Rest 1 1 1 2 2
2 Aug-14 1 Rest 2 1 1 3 1
3 Aug-21 1 Rest 2 3 1 3 2
4 Aug-28 1 Rest 2 1 2 3 3
5 Sep-04 1 Rest 1 2 2 3 4
6 Sep-11 2 Rest 1 2 1 2 2
7 Sep-18 1 Rest 2 2 1 3 3
8 Sep-25 2 Rest 1 2 3 5 3
9 Oct-02 2 Rest 2 1 3 4 5
10 Oct-09 2 Rest 1 1 1 3 2
11 Oct-16 1 Rest 2 1 2 6 6
12 Oct-23 2 Rest 2 1 2 3 3
13 Oct-30 2 Rest 2 2 Rest 4 2
14 Nov-06 2 Rest 2 1 2 3 2
15 Nov-13 2 Rest 2 1 Rest Beacons Ultra 2
16 Nov-20 2 Rest 1 2 3 8 5
17 Nov-27 3 Rest 1 2 3 6 8
18 Dec-04 4 Rest 1 2 2 3 6
19 Dec-11 2 Rest 2 3 2 10 3
20 Dec-18 4 Rest 1 3 2 4 4
21 Dec-25 Christmas Boxing Day 2 2 3 12 3
22 Jan-01 New Years Day KIT 2 2 3 10 6
23 Jan-08 3 KIT 2 1 3 10 8
24 Jan-15 1 Rest 3 2 3 10 10
25 Jan-22 3 Rest 1 2 2 6 4
26 Jan-29 2 KIT 2 2 3 10 8
27 Feb-05 2 KIT 1 2 4 12 14
28 Feb-12 2 Rest 1 3 4 10 10
29 Feb-19 3 Rest 2 1 3 5 3
30 Feb-26 2 KIT 3 2 1 T R
31 Mar-05 A V E L Start – 6633    

NOTES – No particular order

  1. All the above figures refer to hours on your feet (not miles). Speed is very much a secondary consideration in prepping for the 6633. Hard slow miles are far better than easy fast miles.
  2. Most rest days are scheduled for a Tuesday. I like the idea of training on tired legs, hence the Monday session – but please swap the Monday and Tuesday sessions around if you like.
  3. The above programme assumes you are coming from a running background, hence the transition from primarily running through to primarily tough walking.
  4. The KIT days ARE IMPORTANT. Often overlooked by athletes, but regretted when sat in the vehicle having DNF’ed. Know you kit inside out!!!
  5. No mention of tyre pulling. If you want to pull a tyre…go for it. However, when the sled is in motion, the drag is pretty minimal, so no major benefit in humping a tyre about (imho).
  6. Not everyone is doing the Beacons Ultra…. So obviously adjust your training accordingly around this period.
  7. The schedule is NOT cast in stone…. Commonsense should prevail when illness/injury/family interfere. This is merely a semi-detailed overview of what you might want to do.
  8. Following this schedule will not guarantee success…. But by heck it should improve your chances of being on the start line physically well prepared.
  9. The big hour days (and back to back long days) are when you will learn a lot about yourself. Don’t skimp on these!!
  10. The KIT days ARE IMPORTANT. Often overlooked by athletes, but regretted when sat in the vehicle having DNF. Know you kit inside out!!!… Did I say that before??
  11. The above schedule will hopefully keep you injury free (low impact/off road), but if you are injured – STOP and recover fully, then resume training adjusting accordingly for time taken off.

TRAINING WEEKEND

We will be holding a training weekend in the Brecon Beacons in the Autumn, which it is strongly recommended that first time participants at this event make every effort to attend.