6633 Arctic Ultra Training Schedule – OVERVIEW – 2018
|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.|
|22||Dec-31||KIT||New Years Day||2||2||3||10||6|
|31||Mar-04||V||E||L||Start – 6633|
NOTES – No particular order
- 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.
- 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.
- The above programme assumes you are coming from a running background, hence the transition from primarily running through to primarily tough walking.
- The KIT days ARE IMPORTANT. Often overlooked by athletes, but regretted when sat in the vehicle having DNF’ed. Know you kit inside out!!!
- 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).
- Not everyone is doing the Beacons Ultra…. So obviously adjust your training accordingly around this period.
- 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.
- Following this schedule will not guarantee success…. But by heck it should improve your chances of being on the start line physically well prepared.
- The big hour days (and back to back long days) are when you will learn a lot about yourself. Don’t skimp on these!!
- 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??
- 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.
We will be holding a training weekend in the Brecon Beacons on the 24th-25th November, which it is strongly recommended that first time participants at this event make every effort to attend.