Nicole's Training - Week 4

As your training increases and the days become warmer, it is important to start thinking ahead about accessories and nutrition for Seek the Peak. 

This past weekend I returned to Nancy Greene Way - though this time, I returned on my road bike. My training session for this weekend included a cycle from Downtown Vancouver to the base of Grouse Mountain, embarking on a one-hour round-trip hike through the Baden Powell, then cycling back into the city. I tried to replicate the climb and duration of Seek the Peak, much like the weekend run suggestions do here. With the change in footwear and accessories on this route, it made me think ahead and begin to prepare for our June 14th race. 

As Seek the Peak travels along both trails and pavement, you will need to select footwear that works best for you. Although I climb the Grouse Grind with hiking boots in the Summer months, this certainly wouldn’t work for a 16KM run. I would recommend finding a trail shoe that is light in weight, yet comfortable for your feet. 

Backpack or Water Belt? 
Wearing a backpack or using a water belt is a personal preference. Although most runners wear water belts, I am personally more comfortable with a trail pack. This allows me to carry my phone, water, keys and nutrition. Just make sure to pack light. 

What to consume is dependent on each and every runner, and I would highly recommend you determine what is best for your body well prior to race day. Personally, I will pack three gels on race day and consume them with water along the way. There are some fantastic options on the market, so make sure you select a product that suits your body best. 

Most important of all? Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Speaking of which, have you signed-up for the Whistler Water One Climb?

Until next week! 

Nicole's Training - Week 3

Last week I made reference to three mental and physical challenges that runners will be faced with during Seek the Peak, the most challenging of which is Nancy Greene Way. That is a personal opinion of course, and mostly because I recently completed the climb for the very first time. Ouch! 

This portion of the climb is in Leg 2 of the race, from Capilano to the base of the Grouse Grind. In this portion of the race, runners will emerge from the Palisades Trail and head onto Nancy Greene Way for a one mile climb to the mountain. 

Although one mile is remarkably short, the climb is a challenge. For runners racing this event, especially those embarking on the journey solo, I highly recommend you include Nancy Greene Way as part of your training leading up to race day. This leg just goes...and goes...and goes...and although many of us who love climbing the Grouse Grind during the Summer months simply see this road as a sign that we are getting closer to the base, it is deceivingly difficult on foot. 

Combined with the Seek the Peak training guide, I incorporated a few days of cross-training within my schedule this week - including becoming more familiar with the terrain of trail running. Cross-training refers to combining exercises of other disciplines, different than that of your regular training regime and is believed to improve your fitness, prevent injury and aid in a quicker recovery. With Seek the Peak being such a physical journey that builds leg strength, it is important to incorporate other activities into your training calendar - especially those that involve building strength in your core and upper body. 

Next week, I will focus on the nutrition and accessories of racing. With varying terrain in this race, we need to be prepared for what both the pavement and mountain areas will present to us. 

Until then! 



Nicole's Training - Week 2

Seek the Peak participant Nicole van Zanten is documenting her weekly training leading up to the big day. Have a read of her second training diary entry below:

Week 2: Breaking The Route Into Three Pieces

In Week 2 of the Seek the Peak training program, the recommended weekend run route is to begin at Cleveland Dam, tackle Nancy Greene and head down the road switchbacks to the Skyline trail. This run is 8KM and should take between 60-90 minutes. 

Nancy Greene is said to be one of the more difficult areas of the route. When chatting with a few friends about this race just a few weeks ago, I was challenged to stay focused on three challenging aspects of this event. The three potential mental hurdles, so to speak. Instead of waiting until race day to tackle them for the first time, it is important to be aware of these hurdles and face them head-on. 

Ready to tackle them with me? 

1. Solo vs. Relay

I love that there is a relay option for this race. Endurance events are meant to be supportive (there’s nothing like seeing your friends and family holding signs and cheering you on), and to have a relay team option is a remarkable addition for Seek the Peak. For solo runners, however, seeing fresh legs join your route can be a mental challenge. 

2. Nancy Greene Way

I’ve never tackled Nancy Greene Way, so this weekend training run will be interesting! I’ve been told that this part of the route is a huge challenge, so I expect for this to be tough. 

3. Post-Grind

When you complete the Grouse Grind on a regular Sunday, you don’t expect to be told you need to complete 3KM more, right? Although this is the home stretch of the race, I’m sure it will be a challenging, yet rewarding finale. 

Breaking the route into three challenging pieces will allow participants to know what’s coming, be prepared for what’s ahead and defeat those mental roadblocks before they begin. 

See you next week (with an update from the Nancy Greene run!)

Nicole's Training - Week 1

Seek the Peak participant Nicole van Zanten is documenting her weekly training leading up to the big day.  Have a read of her first training diary entry below:

You know when you sign-up for a difficult race, only to experience the “I’m actually doing this!” feeling a few weeks later? I think that just happened. 

My name is Nicole van Zanten and I’ve registered to participate in Seek the Peak this June. With 16KM of uphill trails that will require toughness and grit, I couldn’t be more excited for this challenge. 

As a long-distance cyclist and runner (recreationally, I might add), I’ve had the privilege of taking part in some very difficult races, though Seek the Peek is a different challenge of its own. Initially, I signed-up to help support such a wonderful cause, while slotting in a race as cross-training for long-distance cycling events later on in the Summer. Now, I have Seek the Peek circled on the calendar as my race of the year. 

To stay fit, currently I love hitting the trails, getting on my road bike for a long ride or joining a spin class at my local gym. Training for Seek the Peek will certainly be a whole new experience, so this blog will serve as a weekly update on my progress. From running the Cleveland Dam to heading to the Grouse Grind during the season, I will be mixing in some of my own training, along with Seek the Peak’s program

If you have raced this event solo, or simply have a few tips to help support a successful, injury-free training program, pleasetweet me

Until next week,