Cape Point Race Tips
With the Cape Point Challenge being predominantly an out and back paddle, you start at Scarborough, head SE to Cape Point, turn the Point and head NW to Fish Hoek.
So without stating the obvious, you will generally have 25km of headwind paddling and 25km of downwind paddling and hence the necessity to train accordingly.
Depending on the wind, in NW conditions it will be downwind to Cape Point and straight into a headwind to Fish Hoek. While if the SE is blowing, the opposite applies.
See map on front page under the "Cape Point Challenge" tab
The general rule of thumb amongst the top paddlers seems to be that when training for this race, the weekly sessions tend to be interval based while the long paddle on the weekend should be an out-and-back paddle.
A typical weeks training could entail:
Tues - am: recovery paddle pm: paddling timetrial
Wed - am: intervals (med length) pm: run (on your feet!)
Thur - am: intervals (short) pm: rest
Fri - intervals (long) pm: rest
Sat - long paddle (2 hr + preferably out-and-back on the sea)
Sun - race (there is no subsitute for race practice!)
Looking for a personalised/group training programe
http://www.orkapaddles.com/training.php for more info and contact details.