Sunday, January 24, 2016

Week #2: The Challenge Of The Trail Slopes

The Falcons went to the trail slopes of MacRitchie Reservoir Park (MR) in Week #2 in the continuing basebuild phase of marathon training.

A few of the trainees were first timers to the trails, although most have been training with FatBirds in that terrain for a couple of operations.  

The MR terrain provides a good workout in terms of building strength and agility as it requires traversing undulating slopes in the trails, especially the forced stretch of Venus Trail that we have to take due to road closure along Venus Road.

By the time we exit the Northern Trail, we were suitably warmed up with raised heart rates from the BaseBuild paces we adopted.  There trails were choc-a-bloc with visitors and there were puddles of water from overnight rains to contend with.

The respective pace groups maintained steady paces as they went into Upper Peirce Reservoir, followed by the U-turn of the HM groups back to start point for a hard 13km run.  The FM trainees proceeded on to tackle more slopes in Lower Peirce Reservoir, which allowed the trainers to observe their strength and foundation for some good tips and advisory to help them condition for future workouts.

It was a mixed bag of returns as a few struggled from their lack of training coming off from SCMS, while others felt comfortable with the tough terrain as the were maintaining the more conservative BaseBuild pace just to get the mileage in for aerobic buildup.

Training ended at 10:30am with small-group debriefs and trainer guidance and advisory for their respective group trainees - which is one of the useful aspects of such trainer-guided pace group arrangements, a special component of FatBird training operations.

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Training Photos By FatBird Chin