Top 5 training tips for Quest Killarney
Quest Killarney is a Ireland’s top adventure race with 6 challenging routes to choose from, so regardless of your fitness levels Quest has a route for you. This requires preparation and training! To make sure you conquer your chosen challenge, here are 5 training tips to help you go further:
- Build Endurance: Quest Killarney involves running, cycling, and kayaking, so it’s crucial to build your endurance levels. Incorporate long-distance runs and bike rides into your training, gradually increasing the duration and distance so that you push your heart rate and build up stamina.
- Train for Terrain: Killarney’s terrain is diverse, including hills, forests, trails and lakes. To prepare, mix up your training sessions with hill workouts and trail running. Practice running or cycling on uneven surfaces to improve your balance and ability to adapt to different conditions.
- Practice Transitions: Transitioning between running, cycling, and kayaking can be physically and mentally demanding, especially in a race environment. Set up practice transition areas during your training sessions that simulate race conditions. Get a friend to help you! Practice switching between gear and disciplines to reduce your transition time.
- Include Strength Training: In addition to cardio workouts, don’t forget to also incorporate strength training. Strong muscles help with endurance and prevent injury. Focus on exercises that target your legs, core, and upper body, as these are the muscles most relied on during the event. Bodyweight exercises like squats, lunges, push-ups, and planks are recommended.
- Nutrition and Hydration: Attention to nutrition and hydration is vital to be able to perform at your best during Quest Killarney. Train your body to tolerate different foods and hydration to find the one that work best for you during long workouts. Experiment with different snacks or energy gels during your training to figure out what maintains your energy levels without messing with your digestion. Don’t try any new gels or combinations on race day!
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In summary, remember to listen to your body and avoid overtraining. Build in rest days as part of your training to allow your muscles to recover and prevent injury. Gradually increase the intensity and volume of your workouts to avoid undue strain on your body. With tried and tested training, consistent over the weeks leading up to the event, you’ll be better prepared to take on the challenges of Quest Killarney. Good luck!
Quest Killarney takes place in Killarney, County Kerry on 7th October 2023