Anxious before you get started? It’s very normal. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you start and while on the trail.
The week before: The week just before the challenge is important. Eat well, hydrate well and take time out to relax and sleep well. Meet up with your team and support crew to ease out any last minute hitches, hurdles or requirements. The last two weeks before the main event also need to be your taper down periods, where the focus will be on staying fit and eating healthy, and not hard training regimes.
Don't try anything new: Clothes, shoes, food or even drinks - do not try anything that your body is not used to. Stick to the basics, stick to what you know works for you.
Be on time: Reach the Start Point early enough. Arrive early and finish your full team registration well in advance - we recommend reaching by 4/4:30 am so that you have ample time to check-in, and complete any other formalities, and attend the zumba session to pump you up for a motivated start!
Check-in before you start: All team members have to check-in before the start of the event. There will be many teams there on the event day so plan your arrival time accordingly.
Break bigger goal into smaller goals: As the day progresses, the kilometres ahead might start to look daunting. The weather will add to the toughness of the event. Break the challenge into more achievable goals like reaching the next checkpoint or walk for the next 15 minutes (when it really gets tough).
Walk at the pace of the slowest member: Oxfam Trailwalker is a team challenge and there is no fun if the team breaks. To keep the team work going, always walk at the pace of the slowest member. This might get frustrating at times but you will realise the importance of your achievement when you reach the finish point. Walk, and keep your team together - that is the essence of the Ultimate Team Challenge.
Eat well, Hydrate well: It is extremely important to ensure that you and your team members consume enough food on the trail to keep you going. Eat energy giving food like dry fruits, chocolates, fruits etc. Avoid heavy food as it might slow you down. Keep sipping water at regular intervals even if you do not feel thirsty because hydration is paramount.
Rest is necessary: To avoid cramps, other physical injury and to recharge, it is advisable to take adequate rest at regular intervals. Teams have finished the 100kms Trailwalker in as many as 14 hours, but this is not a speed event. Understand your team, understand your pace, and have fun along the way. Your desire to finish the challenge should not override the need for personal safety.
Plan your day: The day time might get hot and humid and the nights terribly cold. Some of you might find it difficult to walk early in the morning especially the second day. Decide in advance what part of the day you want to avoid walking in order to keep your energy and strength up to the maximum level. Rest out those few hours at a checkpoint.
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