Train for the Location.
Have a good look at the course maps and profile. We suggest your spend some time during your training program in locations that have a similar look and feel to the course. This event will challenge some so the better prepared you are for the terrain the better prepared you’ll be.
Don’t use something for the first time during the event.
We encourage you all to train under event condition where possible. This will include making sure your shoes are broken in before you hit the mountains. The last thing you want is blisters or sore feet from stiff, hard shoes.
Wear backpack loaded with your mandatory gear on your longer training sessions, its amazing how heavy these packs can feel after 20 hours in the wilderness.
Test out your nutrition and hydration, 100KM feels a hell of a lot further when you’ve got stomach issues.
Keep a Training log.
A training log is a simple way to keep you on track during your training. IN this log you can make notes about how long its taken you to complete certain distances and under different types of condition. This will be great information to have as you’ll need to estimate your finish time when you enter. Its also handy for your support crew as they’ll know where to be and the time they’ll need to be there.
Keep you Training Realistic.
You’ll have a great desire to be as fit as possible when it come to the day of the event which is great. Just don’t over train. The more you increase your training over a short period of the time the more likely your are to get injured. You don’t want that and we don’t want that. A simple rule to follow is to only increase your training by 10% each week. If your doing 30km one week do 33km the next or if you do a 3 hour trek do 3 hour 20 minutes the next. This size increase will help your body adjust.
Mix Up Your Training.
Its important hat all of your training isn’t the same so don’t forget to shock your body with some cross-training. This can be anything from weight training, stretching, swimming or riding a bike. It’s a great way to reduce the risk of injury as well.
Check Point Training.
Don’t forget to occasionally take a short break in the middle of your training. This will help your body get used to stopping while your fatigued and then get moving again after a short rest, just like you’ll be during doing the event.
Train at Your Pace.
Use your time training to find your ideal pace. Remember training is all about you, not other entrants or the race clock. Find a rhythm that will work for you and your tram and give you every chance of finishing. Walk/run patterns can be tested in training or walk/power hike. Find what works for you during training, as event day isn’t a great time to be testing out different scenarios.
Find your feet.
Hut 2 Hut is an experience; so don’t feel you have to race the clock. The same goes for training, its more about time on your feet opposed to how fast your covered a distance or how much distance you were able to cover.
Practice navigation where you can. Your out in the wilderness and while every precaution has been taken to mark the course things happen. Being confident in using a compass and reading a map will be a great benefit for you.
Insurance. We can’t recommend enough that you review your insurance before you come out. This is the wilderness event and things can happen. You are strongly advised to take out insurance to cover injury or death, and any damage to personal property.