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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Auckland Sprint Training Weekend - Report from Gene Beveridge (part 1 of 2)

With Sprint the Bay fast approaching AOTC hosted the Auckland Sprint Weekend incorporating the Cornwal Park Ultra-sprint and Sprint Auckland Day along with 2 other quality sessions.

On Friday afternoon we did a stride mechanics and running technique session. This was a great introduction to a complete weekend of training and a very tough session to boot. On Saturday morning we ran in the Cornwall Park Ultra-sprint organised by Dwayne and Hayley Smith. These have been great fun in the past and this one was no exception.

The GoPro video below is from Adam Potter taking out the B final. I simply didn’t have the legs to come around him in the last 200 meters.

Saturday afternoon featured another novel training combining speed, agility, strength and co-ordination into a sprint-specialised orienteering geek session. We were equipped with Sport Ident specifically for the minute-long sprint loop and “The Grid” punching exercise. Michael Adams was fantastic and let us use his extensive collection of gear to simulate many components of sprint orienteering and took us through a general conditioning session too. I think this was the first time some of the guys had used their abs in a few years.

This is a video of The Grid exercise in action, with the corresponding map below.

I was a broken man after this session and despite my motivation to keep pushing my body was simply no longer responding. We all settled down to a shared dinner and chilled out for the rest of the day.

Stay tuned for part 2...
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