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Walking to Climbing: Supporting a National Three Peaks challenge

Thomas, Gavin and Cook, Matthew (2018) Walking to Climbing: Supporting a National Three Peaks challenge. The Sport and Exercise Scientist, 58. pp. 26-27. ISSN 1754-3444

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The National Three Peaks Challenge requires participants to climb the highest mountains in England (Scafell Pike, 978m) Scotland (Ben Nevis, 1,345 m) and Wales (Snowdon, 1,085 m). Based on previous research, it is likely that a range of intensities (25-70% V˙O2max) will be experienced during the event (Ainslie et al., 2005). Furthermore, exercise intensity is likely to be affected by physical fitness, dietary intake, backpack weight, environmental conditions and severity of the terrain, not to mention the vagaries of travelling between each peak, a distance of 462 miles. This article documents the sport science support offered to a 64-year-old male 12-weeks prior to the National Three Peaks Challenge (30 June 2018). The target our client had set himself was to complete the challenge within 24 hours and maintain the pace set by the other members of his climbing group, individuals he perceived to have a better level of fitness and climbing experience. The support included; repeat assessment of body composition, lactate threshold, V˙O2max, prescription of training and nutritional guidance.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: three peaks challenge, physiological support, training plan, nutritional suport
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Gavin Thomas
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2018 14:45
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2018 08:53

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