What is The Coastal Challenge?
230km, 6 days, 35 degrees, 80% humidity…. Sounds like a lot of fun! TCC was always going to be a tough race because of the heat and humidity. Then add some of the best ultra-runners from the USA: Hayden Hawkes, Mike Wardian, Tim Olson and Marcus Scotney from the U.K. the race was going to be HOT!!
I am supported by St Mary’s University Twickenham which allows me to stay in peak shape in the build-up to a race. I have been increasing my S&C to get a really strong core and improve my ankle mobility and strength. This has really helped me on the trails as the ground is so uneven. I also spent time in their state of the art heat chamber. I would run for 60mins every other day in 35 degrees. The idea is to get efficient at sweating… I know, it doesn’t sound that appealing, but it makes such a huge difference. I also supplemented my heat training with some hot yoga.
I spent some time looking at my hydration needs. I have been working with Precision Hydration over the past 6 months and I now understand my sodium requirements to stay hydrated in long races.