Trail to AfricanX: Fitness Report for Team Trail Hub
Building up to the event on 17 March 2017 Trail Hub will have a monthly feature on the team, the training, the kit and life while training for the 2017 AfricanX. This instalment is a recap and reflection on the training experience.
What is AfricanX?
Born in 2009, the event has become a must-do event for trail enthusiasts. From a modest 120 teams in the inaugural event, the AfricanX Trailrun has grown rapidly and is now capped at 400 teams of two. Based now at the historic Houw Hoek Inn after four years in Kleinmond, the AfricanX Trailrun takes runners on a challenging three-day adventure through some of the most immaculate terrain in the country. The team format adds to the experience, with runners having to carefully approach each day with a sound strategy. It’s not just for hard-core trail bunnies, though, road runners will enjoy some sections of the route that are fast and flat, but remember – a rugged climb is never far off.
EVENT FAST FACTS
Date: 17 – 19 March 2017
Venue: Houw Hoek Inn, Grabouw
Stage 1: 36km
Stage 2: 34km
Stage 3: 22km
Fitness evaluation and reflection
So with less than two and a half weeks left till race day it’s time to reflect on the training that has been done over the past months but in this case the fitness evaluation is concentrated around a worst case scenario. My partner has developed an injury! A potential stress fracture has us a little worried as the Physiotherapist and Radiographer continue to debate the results of an MRI, so while this goes on we will continue to train hoping that the diagnosis is a positive one for Team Trailhub.
So while still hopeful, our self-assessments of fitness are somewhat less positive, both my partner and myself feel that we are a fair bit away from the fitness we had hoped for at this time, so with injury in mind we have reset our expectations for the race and what we are looking to achieve as a team.
It does however seem we are not the only team that is feeling a little panicky about their training and fitness, a little comforting, but only a little. The AfricanX athletes I have spoken have all rung the same tune about training over the past months and echo the fact that life still has to happen. Work, family, injury and personal stresses have to be dealt with on a daily basis while your training happens in between.
While on a longer training run with a couple of friends one morning I overheard a friend note how his personal and work stress had negatively affected his running, while this is often the general way of thinking I decided to flip this way of thinking for him and pointed out how much more terrible his personal and work stress might be if it were not for his running.
In less than three weeks I will be lining up at the start of the 2017 Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS and eagerly looking forward to sharing my experience.
For a comprehensive training plan that includes cross training and strength work you can get hold of me on robert @ftls.co.za.