DO YOU HAVE TIPS FOR SKY RACING?
Holly Ivett, Cheltenham
Ian Stewart, an experienced mountaineer and ultrarunner, says: “The main characteristics of a sky race compared with a standard trail race are the technicality of the terrain and amount of ascent, which will be somewhere between 2500 and 5000 vertical metres.
“In training, prepare for the amount of ascent and try to replicate through big hill days, or repeated efforts on smaller hills. Remember that you need to train for downhill as well, so take steep descent options when you can. This will build stamina in the muscles and improve your descending skills. Good gym work will improve your uphill power and downhill resilience. Focus on squats and lunges, building strength and explosive power.
“To improve your movement over technical terrain, there’s no substitute for scrambling and mountaineering. There are subtleties to these skills that take years to build, so invest time on terrain similar to what you’ll find in your race. Do it at slow speed to begin with to help build your confidence. Remember – slow is smooth, smooth is fast!”
To prepare yourself for mountain races, you need to train on mountainous terrain