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"Adventure Race" as base for running season
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I'm in my mid 20s and I am your typical endurance guy. I have not much speed or power but my aerobic system is quite good. From all endurance sports, running is where my talent lies. Unfortunately I never honed my speed or form in my teens as I did other sports when I was younger.

After some years with shortish multisport events, I want to focus more on running in the future. I will start with mountain- and roadrunning races from about 10k to the halfmarathon this season and work more on my speed. Goal for the seson is to run 32:xx in the 10k and 1:12 for the half (I've run 33 and 1:13 without too many specific sessions). I will wait a bit with doing a marathon and I see myself on long trail races in the future.

So now, this season is about running speed. But there is this adventure multisport race I can't stop thinking about. I've never done a race of this length and I want to find out how I will fare, as longer distances seem to fit me.

The race consists of the following:

Mountain biking: 24k with 1500m elevation gain

Running: 11k with 500m elevation gain

Skimo: 7k with 1200m elevation gain

So there is a total of over 3200m of climbing (more than 10'000 feet of vertical gain) and the race finishes on the glavier on over 10'000 feet as well.

I like to do long training days and a lot of hours. I thirve on volume and have to be careful with too much intensity. At the moment I am working on the extremes; short sprints, endurance, strength. I think I can do this race and the whole strength endurance side in the training can actually help me in my running later. I would still do my weekly sprint sessions though.

So my question is if that race and the preparation for it can be benefitial for my summer running goals?

I saw that Blummenfelt is doing a 70.3 early in the season and then his focus is on the itu circuit. What do you think?
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Re: "Adventure Race" as base for running season [ToBeasy] [ In reply to ]
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So no opinion on that?

How are you guys feeling after a 70.3 tuneup? The time it would take me would be around 3:30-4 hours. So a bit shorter than a half ironman. I guess thereafter your aerobic system is strong emough for some serious 10k workouts.
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Re: "Adventure Race" as base for running season [ToBeasy] [ In reply to ]
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IMO the adventure race would be better prep for a half than a 10K.

10K will require more specificity.

But the real answer is do stuff that makes you happy. You have a ton of years ahead, which is the beauty of endurance racing as a hobby.
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Re: "Adventure Race" as base for running season [SBRinSD] [ In reply to ]
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Thanks for your opinion.

Yeah, I still have time to find out how I can do in longer stuff. And I wonder if I should work on my speed a bit more. However, the race is quite tempting and I guess I should do what is fun. As long as it doesn't hinder my running development.

After the adventure race I still have two month for specific 10k training. Maybe 4 Werks Vo2max and 4 weeks racepace.

After the 10k I have another 2.5 month for treshold and fast longruns for the halfmarathon.

And through all that time I will do some mountain races as well. So the early season biking and skimo training could still be put into good use.
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Re: "Adventure Race" as base for running season [ToBeasy] [ In reply to ]
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Why not? In my experience, if something gets you excited and fired up to get out and put in the hard yards then do it! The summer is a long way away. There is plenty of time to dial in the focus to run fast. It's more important to find what is going to keep you fresh, motivated and training consistently. I would recommend, and recommend for pretty much everyone anyways, to continue doing strides 96 x80m-ish accelerations) after your runs to keep in touch with your speed. It won't take anything out of you, but make the transition a bit smoother when you go back to a speed focus. If you get more fired up to continue focusing on running speed, you could also keep the focus on that and do the race adventure race a little less than optimally prepared and just treat it as one big epic training day. But ultimately I don't see anything about that race or distance that is going to have a last negative impact.

Enjoy it! It sounds like an epic event!

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Re: "Adventure Race" as base for running season [Symonds] [ In reply to ]
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Yeah, that event is quite cool for a mountain lover like me.

The strides thing is a very good idea and I really believe in it. Maybe the strength you get from cycling uphill, will transform into running speed later. I always think that when I do a long and hilly bikeride and go on a run the next day, there seems to be a bit more of a "pop" in the legs.

Anyway, I had a great day on the snow today. Over 10000 feet of vertical gain on the skis. I love days like that.
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Re: "Adventure Race" as base for running season [ToBeasy] [ In reply to ]
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What I also wonder is if your bodys ability to produce lactate counteracts with the systems needed for a four hour race.

I am naturally not a powerful guy. So in the next month I will do hard hill reps and 200m reps as well as the long aerobic stuff. That should prepare me for a speedy road running season. I wonder if stuff like that in the weeks leading um to the adventure race will give me another fear and make me feel racepace easier or if that hinders the aerobic system to work at its max.

It is so interesting to see how the body works and how I it reacts to stimuli.
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