Sunday, December 30, 2012

Ultra Training Australia

About a month or so ago Shona Stephenson and myself were discussing the idea of running some training days and camps for runners who would like to improve their performances in specific trail and ultra races. A week later Ultra Training Australia was born!

With the help from Shona's husband Mikey, the website and Facebook page was launched and straight away we were taking bookings for our inaugural training camp on January 19th. This camp is really geared towards ultra runners who have entered The North Face 100, but really anyone who regularly participates in trail ultras would benefit.

Shona and I are endeavouring to make the training experience as holistic as possible, taking in all aspects of what makes a successful race day. We are including a comprehensive 12 week training plan leading up to the race day which also includes a suggested meal plan as well. On the day, we will be dividing into two similarly paced groups (13-14h and 16-18h estimated TNF100 finishing times) and Shona and I will lead a guided run on a section of the course. After the group runs we will be having lunch and presenting a seminar which will cover all the aspects of race day and tips for tapering, gear, checkpoints, mental stategies, recovery, a Q & A session and loads more.

Hammer nutrition products will also be available as an option for all participants to try out during the run. Shona and I only use Hammer products in our training and racing; and we know they work! Correct fuelling and hydration will be a key aspect covered on the day.

Shona and I believe that we are offering the most comprehensive camp available at a very reasonable price, while upholding the values and culture of ultra and trail running. We have gained approval and have licenses from NPWS, Blue Mountains City Council and the 6 Foot Track Trust.

I am very excited by the camp and working with Shona to help other ultra runners improve their race day performance. We are already planning a 6 Foot Track training camp so keep an eye out on the website and the Facebook page for updates and more information.

See you there!