Balancing hard and easy efforts is key to longevity in training. As we get closer to the hunting season, our gym workouts will become much short and more intense – we need to optimize the time we’re spending in the gym. Between these hard sessions will be lighter hikes and easy runs. This will keep the aerobic system sharp for long, hard efforts and start focusing on the specific needs of the back country.
Hike for 60-90 minutes on variable terrain. No additional load.
30-60 minutes run/walk at zone 1
Zone 1 – Very easy with little to no impact on breathing. For many, this is simply walking.
Zone 2 – Easy, able to maintain a conversation without interruption
Zone 3 – Moderate but sustainable for 1+ hours. 5-10 words without interruption
Zone 4 – Hard but not all out, sustainable for ~10-minutes. 2-3 words before interruption.
Zone 5 – 97% effort for the given duration.
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