Since getting over the initial shock of being given the chance to go out to take on the Obstacle Course Racing World Championships sponsored by the Cheltenham Park Hotel, where I work day-to-day as Assistant Manager of the Health Club, and recovering from recent challenges and races, training for real is on the cards.
First off, check out Part 1 here, then read the initial articles from the Glos Echo here and here then come back. Done? Good.
First up, I was lucky enough to already have a week in Mayrhofen, Austria booked up as a sort of mixture between a training week and a Stag-Do. This week involved a great deal of distance running in the Alps, with 2700m being the highest ascent and approximately 42km being out longest run over the 7 days we had out there. The scenery was incredible and the weather was amazing, running the to the mountain huts and peaks never felt like a chore and the whole week was (believe it or not) incredibly relaxing. It’s a great feeling learning that my own body is capable of a lot more than I would have thought and training doesn’t have to be strict and structured, it’s just a case of getting out there and moving! (find out just how crazy the whole week got in more detail by reading my previous post).