How do you train or a 3500 kilometre walk? Some people walk a lot, some people do no training at all. Most people, regardless of training, say that you cannot train for the trail as the trail will train you. Choosing to start slowly and short days until they get their trail legs before putting in the big days.
There is no way, with full time jobs, that we could commit the time to hike the 8 to 10 hours a day that we imagine we would need be able to walk on the trail. So we are making with the time we have and setting a good foundation. Plenty of core exercises, step ups, squats and lunges. We have also started yoga too as it might pay to be nimble over some of those rocky passes.
We walk most days ordinarily but will mix up the longer walks on weekends to the hillier mountainous terrain around the region.
One thing that we cant train for in our area is the cold. We may need to take a couple more trips to Victoria this year and take some day hikes in winter. Maybe even camp over night here and there.
The Often Overlooked Training
The one part of training that cannot be ignored is flexibility and recovery.
Preparation with activities like Yoga, Pilates and Stretching will make a huge difference in your ability and enjoyment during the hike.
For myself (Jo) I work on hip and ankle flexibility. As I am short and am going to have to put my legs in uncomfortable positions to scramble up hill steps and over boulders.
Steve focuses on his back and shoulders. A couple of injuries and surgeries have made these areas stiff and he is working on the rotation just to put that pack on comfortably.
Recovery is a really important part or us. Muscle soreness and tired feet are to be expected on a long distance thru hike. To combat this we will be taking a massage roller and trigger point ball.
I cannot begin to tell you how hike changing these items are or alleviating those pains and helping us stretch.
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