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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Questions about the final weeks of training for the Oxfam Trailwalker

We are a team of four women who hope to do the Oxfam Trailwalker (10 April) in 26 to 28 hours. We've done one back-to-back weekend walking 35km each of the two days and have been training regularly since December. We are planning to do another back-to-back weekend but two of us will do it on 20/21 March and the other two on 27/28 March. Will it be a problem in terms of recovery for the two of us doing it on 27/28 March? My other question is about the final two weeks: apart from just doing a couple of hours at the weekend, how much should you do during the week? Currently, we probably do five hours walking during the week.
Gary responds:
There should be no problem at all with recovery in the time remaining, so go for it!

With regards to the final few weeks, I would be inclined to do the last really long walk 7-10 days out and then ease right back but still walking daily to keep the legs ticking over.  The day before the walk can be a complete rest but there is a case for doing some easy walking on that last day as well.  If you are fit I would be inclined to do some easy walking on the last day, especially if you are travelling more than a few hours to get to the event (Do the walk upon arrival to flush the muscles).

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