The Adventure Squad have been adventuring right through the silly season, although, some non training related and more food related adventures have definitely taken place. That said we’ve been doing our best to keep each other motivated, and jump back on the training schedule as the new year rolls in.
The biggest change and challenge since our last update is that ½ of the squad have gapped it to another country for the summer. The good news is that being the mint team mates they are, Dani and Lucy gapped it to the same place. So we’ve been working on training with two of us based in Melbourne, and two of us based in Auckland. While we’re doing a pretty sweet job, it is challenging and honestly we just kind of miss each other sometimes, since we are all vital to the team dynamic.
We are still making a good effort to communicate with each other and keep the team spirits high, specially through these warm and busy months where we’re all dealing with a few different things on our plates. Having a really open and honest level of communication with each other is really important, and it’s one of the things that has made us a strong team to date. We’ve spent enough years around each other and training with each other that we all have the ability to let each other know if we’re struggling with something, or need a little more motivation here and there. Billie and Andy are well into the rowing season and are keeping their fitness up through rowing trainings and competition. Dani and Lucy are both building up longer distance runs and working on their endurance.
Another awesome team strength we have is our motivation to make our trainings as intense, sweaty, and fun as possible. We probably do a good job working out our cores just from how much we laugh when we’re training together. We thought we’d share one of our sessions with you below so you can give it a go and get your sweat on!
Our favourite place to train is outdoors - always. While when we’re busy and the weather is average we will always be up for a spin class and also understand the importance of weight training, we all love to be out in mama nature soaking up her goodness.
Our favourite place to train is the Muriwai Stairs - 300 stairs that run through the bush between Domain Crescent and Oaia Road out by our home beach on the wild west coast. All you have to do is run up and down those bad boys a few times and you kind of feel like maybe you might die. The cool thing is that the style of high intensity, team training we use can be adapted for almost any outdoor space and any number of people, and we like to make it more exciting than just running up and down. Here’s what we got up to last time we tackled those crazy stairs!
Warm up: run to the top and back down
Set 1 to the top: 10 squat jumps on each platform (running up stairs in between platforms)
Set 1 to the bottom: 10 press up on each platform (running down stairs in between platforms)
Set 2 to the top: Piggyback each other up two sets of stairs then swap partners, continue this til you reach the top.
Run back down ¼ of the stairs.
Set 3 to the top: Wheelbarrows up the top ¼ then sprint down and swap partners
Set 3 to the bottom: Run down two sets of stairs run up one set all the way to you reach the bottom of the stairs.
Set 4 to the top: Run backwards on tippy toes all the way to the top
Set 4 to the bottom: Run down, 10 frog jumps on each platform.
Warmdown: lie on the grass and drink some water and remember how to breathe, and get some protein in within 30 minutes of finishing the workout.
While we’re doing awesome at upping our fitness and and aerobic capacity to ensure we all have the endurance to tackle this race from start to finish, we definitely need to get a bit better with training in some of the skills we aren’t so slick on. Our team goals and plans over the next few weeks include:
Thanks for checking in and having a read. We hope you're having an epic summer of sweat, adventures, and adrenalin.
Til next time - The Adventure Squad Gals
Andy, Dani, Lucy & Billie