Base Training Phase

After bouncing back from NZ champs with an easier week, my training volume is now up to a new high for this year which I have been calling IF2015 (injury free 2015). IF2015 represents yet another attempt to achieve consistency in my training through effective injury prevention. The difference between previous attempts (such as IF2014) has been the focus on precise weekly training loads to keep progression very controlled. This week marks the first of 2 peak volume weeks with 11 and a half hours of training almost all of which was on hilly trails.

Last week I was also selected into the NZ team to race in the sprint and sprint relay at the World Orienteering Champs in Scotland in August. Previously I was hoping to be focussing on longer distances but this will not change my training until much closer to August. WOC will round off a 7 week trip including coaching the NZ JWOC team in Norway and racing my 5th O-Ringen in Sweden.

My training last week had a clear focus on endurance with 3 2-hour run and one 3 and a half hour run yesterday. I’m really loving these runs at the moment and I’m finding the sense of adventure from these runs very rewarding.

Some nice rooty trails

Some nice rooty trails

You can check out my 91km with almost 4000m of elevation here:

Tuesday: 21km
Thursday: 18.6km
Saturday: 20km
Sunday: 31km

One of the few views through the thick bush

One of the few views through the thick bush

Cam going the distance with me on Sunday

Cam going the distance with me on Sunday

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