Start Training for the WWF Desert Challenge
It’s April and time to start training for the WWF Desert Challenge. It is time to begin preparing physically for the epic feat of mountain biking, hiking and paddling for seven days in the desert. This means conditioning your body so that you will feel comfortable for many miles on your feet and in the saddle.
The best way for you to get there is by putting in the hours for each discipline. Not thousands of hours, but at least 60 to 70 hours per discipline over the next six months. You might not have access to a 1000m high mountain and open roads for your training, but I’ll help you choose from what you have at hand even if that is bustling city streets or an indoor gym.
In addition to ‘time in the saddle’ or on the road, we will also look at the strength training required for you to be as efficient, stable and strong as possible, as well as at flexibility and mobility. This is about keeping loose, limber and injury free. We will cover recommended flexibility and mobility drills for you to use as a tonic during your training and throughout the WWF Desert Challenge itself.
Then there is the rather elusive topic of skill. Real skill takes many hours of practice but through a series of exercises you can hack your body’s ability to find a state of ease in movement, allowing your mind to stay calm and manage the most efficient rate of recovery for your body. We’ll teach you to lower your heart rate and manage your stress and provide hacks on how to temper your resolve into a razor sharp focus that will steer you across the finish line.
The training goal for April and May is to lay a broad and stable fitness foundation and get your body used to training two days back to back. A suggested training programme is as follows:
- Monday: Rest
- Tuesday: 45 minutes indoor training (a simple weight training routine)
- Wednesday: Run light (5 – 8 km jog/hike at a slow pace).
- Thursday: Ride light (12 – 15 km on flat/ light resistance.)
- Friday: Active recovery – mobility flow warm up (such as a simple hatha yoga sequence) followed by 30 minutes of focused stretching
- Saturday: Ride medium (15 – 20 km ride on flat/ low resistance)
- Sunday: Run light (5 – 8 km jog/hike at a slow pace. Best done in the morning).