Training and Walking for the challenge
The level of training involved to complete this endurance challenge, is personal choice. It is assumed that most people attempting such Challenges would either currently have a reasonable level of fitness, or would be looking for a goal to help them improve their fitness.
Either way, at least some training should be done in order to minimize the possibility of injury, and reduce the recovery period. By building your fitness levels before taking part in an endurance challenge, you will also enjoy yourself more and relax.
For those relatively new to mountain walking, it's certainly worth organising a practice walk to assess if there are any specific weaknesses, which could commonly be:
- aching calves when walking up hill
- back ache possibly caused by a backpack
- weak thighs when walking up hill
Any specific muscle issues that may show themselves can only really be dealt with by gradually increasing the level of physical activity, either by organising regular practice walks, or perhaps a quicker method, targeted and planned weight training. Do try not to train on aching muscles - at this point in the muscles development, they should be left to recover and repair. This process makes the muscles stronger and will allow you to push them harder and further than you could before.
Some other issues caused by equipment, such as toes being squashed into the front of your shoes when walking downhill, should also be thought about, so wear the gear that you plan to wear on the challenge itself. Provided all equipment is fitted correctly, there should be no rubbing or painful areas.
It should be remembered that practice walks should closely resemble the actual walking to be attempted, but in smaller distances. Due to the proximity of the Mountains to be walked in this challenge it is possible for entrants to walk out the course way before the date of the challenge. So its advisable to get out there now and start training on the route that has been identified.