Training and preparation for Gaelforce Dublin - Top Ten Tips:
1. Remember this is a manageable distance so you can do it and it will definitely be worth all your effort.
2. Train in all weather as this is Ireland so we all know how changeable the weather can be.
3. Train off-road as well as on the road. This applies to running/walking. Train for the terrain you will be covering in the race.
4. Combine your training. In other words go for a cycle and then get off the bike and run or walk to the nearest hill and then climb it. This transitioning can be very hard on the day if you have not trained for it.
5. Find a friend or group to train with and to do the race with. It will be so much more fun and such a great motivator, especially when you are out there for 3 hours or more on the day!
6. You will be out there on the day for a long time so you need to be used to this and ready for it. Half hour training sessions will not cut it.
7. Build stamina and strength. You will really notice this when you reach Kippure mountain and you realist you have to climb up there! Legs need to be strong.
8. Do not get stressed the day or the evening before. Make sure you have arranged your accommodation, that you will not be travelling late and that you will have time to eat and relax.
9. Make sure you have the right clothing for every weather condition and that you have tested it beforehand. It is important to be comfortable.
10. Do it for a reason. To improve fitness, to support a friend, to cross a finish line for the first time or whatever is important to you. It will get you through the hard bits.