Find out how Cecileah’s Spring Challenge 2017 training is coming along

spring challenge 2017Multisport and adventure races are no easy undertakings. But as anyone who’s ever taken part in such an event will testify, the joy of making it to the finish line far outweighs the physical demands and discomforts.

One member of the Natural High team who’s familiar with this feeling is Cecileah. Last year, she took part in one of the biggest all-women adventure races in the Southern Hemisphere: the Torpedo 7 Spring Challenge. Despite being a last-minute injury replacement, she enjoyed the experience so much that she’s signed up for this year’s event, which takes place in Geraldine on 29 September – 1 October.

Cecileah and her team are competing in the open event, which involves 10-15km of rafting, 25-35km of biking and 8-12km of hiking. The fastest team are expected to complete the course in around six hours.

It’s a tough, rugged course requiring a high level of fitness as well as mapping and navigation skills. To prepare, Cecileah’s current training schedule involves a minimum of two spin bike classes and two pump (weights) classes a week. She’s also adding in extra running and mountain biking sessions when time permits.

Cecileah says that an ideal training session for an event like this would be a trifecta of a pump class, followed by a spin class followed by a run – back to back!

Hours of non-stop action require plenty of fuel. During the event, Cecileah will be carrying Jelly Belly Sports Beans, scroggin and a couple of packets of Whittakers Artisan Collection Wellington Supreme Coffee Chocolate which she says is great for boosting team morale three hours in. But number one rule she says is to stay hydrated.

Her other top advice for anyone taking part in an event like this is to 1) not get lost and 2) remain calm if you do get lost. To help them perfect their map reading skills, Cecileah and her teammates will be attending a few rogaine clinics as part of their training.

Inspired to give the Spring Challenge a crack? Spaces are still available for the Auckland version of the event, which takes place 13-15 October.

Other events you might fancy taking part in:

Entries for New Zealand’s largest cycle race, the Lake Taupo Challenge, open on 1 June. This event takes place on Saturday 25 November and offers 14 different event categories, ranging from the 160km Bike Barn Round The Lake, the 80km Half the Lake, as well as 35km, 60km and 85km mountain bike options.

June is also the month to register for the 2018 Motatapu Off-Road Sporting Event, which takes place in the Wanaka and Queenstown high country on 10 March 2018. There are five different events to choose from including a 47km mountain bike race. An extra incentive for taking part is that much of the course is only accessible to the public during the event, making it a unique opportunity to experience some of the South Island’s most remote and rugged riding terrain.

If you’re coming from overseas for a cycle or adventure event, we have high-performance mountain and road bikes available to hire. Take a look at your options on the website, or let us know what you’re looking for by email.

Have a great week,

Image: Expect views like this as you take part in the Motatapu. By Tom Hall.