Lake Eildon Challenge is going to be tough for all participants. However, with the right training and preparation, we hope you enjoy your day out around Lake Eildon!
The Cycle leg is almost 100km meaning you’ll need to get some long rides into your regular training. There are two significant hill climbs (approx 10km each), so make sure you include some hill training.
Ideally, you want to get at least 3 training sessions in per week with some speed work, hill work and longer rides.
If you are in Melbourne you could try the Vigor Cycling group, we regularly ride the Yarra Boulevard and hills out to King Lake. Cycling has strong clubs and participation in the country so if you’re a local get involved with the local scene.
The 25km paddle on Lake Eildon will be challenging. Depending on the weather, you will have wind, rain, waves and possible chop from other boats to deal with. Or it may be a lovely calm day, let’s hope for that!
Again, you should aim for 3 sessions per week, but if you can’t get to the water that often you could supplement your training with strength and flexibility work. Speed work will help but getting at least one long paddle (ideally around the 2 hr mark) is important so you can make the distance.
If you are a river paddler, try and get in some sessions on the bay or in a lake which can get a bit choppy.
If you’re in Melbourne you can try the Vigor Kayaking group on the Yarra. If not, try and hook up with other paddlers for fun and safety.
Ideally you would run 3 times a week incorporating some form of speed session, a longer effort/tempo run and a long run of over 90 minutes. The run is relatively flat and mostly along the rail trail.
If you’re in Melbourne you could try the Vigor Running group. If you are training solo, we encourage you to find a local run group or at least a friend to do some runs with. It’s a lot easier doing speed work with someone and a lot safer going off road with someone.
It’s up to you
It’s up to you how much training you do, but the more you train, the more prepared you will be on the day and the more you will be able to enjoy the event, and finish before the cut off times.