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How Do You Train: Vanessa's Approach

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How Do You Train: Vanessa's Approach

‘You’re a farm girl. You’ve been training for this race your whole life without knowing it.’

Although my response was a little simplistic (meant mainly to squash her pre-race jitters), training for an obstacle course race (OCR) is literally like training for the movements and activities we do daily: pulling, carrying, lifting, climbing, crawling, short bursts of cardio. We’ve all slung 8 full bags of groceries over every inch of our shoulder/arm/wrist/individual fingers and sprinted to our vehicle because we don’t want to have to take the cart back, and we’re late for the boys’ hockey practice. There’s your carrying, lifting, grip strength, and cardio all in 45 seconds.

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How Do You Train: John's Approach

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How Do You Train: John's Approach

There is not one method of training and I have evolved over the past 3 years to be able to handle this large workload. I used to believe that 10hr weeks were long training weeks for me. It takes time for the body to adapt and absorb more and more. I am in this sport for the long term and that is the best way to grow in this sport because endurance take years and years to gain. That’s why the best AG fields tend to be mid 30’s to mid 40’s. These AG’s are crazy fast and I hope when I am in my last 30’s I will be just as fast!

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