Judgement Day Cold Water & Cold Weather Acclimatisation Training

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It is time to get ready for Judgement Day, with your FREE Cold Water & Cold Weather Training Plan!

Judgement Day, Race Director Mark Buller has partnered with obstacle race training specialists Wild Forest Gym, to help prepare you for your winter race with Cold Water & Cold Weather Acclimatisation Training. Buller says “Autumn is now upon us the night skies are clearer, the frosts will soon be a familiar site. Day by day it will get colder and the bogs and lakes will test your metal.  As race director we have a responsibility to provide training and guidance so that you are prepared and ready to tackle every cold water river, lake and stream. Plus we want you to enjoy it. So now is the time to start preparing. Coach Michael has all the information for you including kit guides and progressive techniques to get you race READY & Race SAFE for Judgement Day” Continue reading

Nuclear Races Cold Water Training

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WEATHER ALERTS – 11th October 2016 – Temperatures dropped to 2.5 degrees in Essex. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE cold water and cold winds.

 It is time to get ready for the Nuclear Fallout, with your FREE 4 Week Cold Water Training Plan!

Nuclear Races, Race Director James Parrish has asked obstacle race training specialists WildForestGym, to help prepare his runners for race day with Cold Water Acclimatisation Training.

We have had an amazing late summer, but all is a change as autumn sets in. With clear skies at night the lakes and ponds are getting colder. Race Director James Parrish has put everything in place to help you through the day with even pit stops on route with hot drinks to keep you going. But the rest is down to you! So you need to start planning and preparing  yourself at least 4 weeks in advance so that your body can acclimatise to the colder weather. It may feel mild at the moment so heed the warning and don’t leave it too late like many a winter runner did last year!

We want your race to be fun and enjoyable and we guarantee and this is going to really help you to!

** TOP TIP** Buy a cheap thin running windproof zip jacket to keep the the cold winds away form your body. Full details in the training plan.

Coach Michael has all the information for you including kit guides and progressive techniques to get you Race SAFE and Race READY for the Nuclear Fallout”

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Obstacle Race Magazine – Cold Weather & Cold Water Acclimatisation Training

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Obstacle Racing Magazine

Cold Weather & Cold Water Acclimatisation Training

by Michael Cohen

Issue 1
February 2014

Cold weather training for an event can be very daunting if you haven’t done one before. We are in the UK, so we have to be prepared. At Tough Guy on January 29 2013 it was -10 degrees in the water and the ice was 1cm thick.  In March it was no better at The Nuts Challenge, it was frigid. Hundreds of contenders at last winter obstacle race (OCR) events around the country experienced hypothermia. Many were miserable and just cold. Where’s the fun in that! Continue reading

Cold Water Workshop

Cold Water Training

Cold Water Workshop

Now that you have started your cold Water Training Plan it is time to incorporate controlled cold water immersions.

WARNING – Cold water immersions are dangerous. It is recommended to be undertaken with the support and guidance of a competent coach, whom is experienced at acclimatisation training. Cold Water Immersions needs to be taken very seriously to reduce the risk of hypothermia, injury or even death. Cold Water Immersions should not be done on your own. If for any reason you are mad enough to do it on your own always tell someone that you live with or a close friend what you are doing so they can assist, supervise and react to your needs. Please always tell someone what you are doing so they can look out for you. Cold Water immersion is dangerous and should only be done in the presence of a competent coach. Training is only suitable for those over 18 years old.

Wild Forest Gym has partnered with The Nuts Challenge & Mudstacle.com to hold COLD WATER IMMERSION WORKSHOPS at The Nuts Challenge OCR course. FOr those of you who will be racing there in March this is your opportunity to get to test out your Cold Water Acclimatisation Training and put your racing skills to the test. Continue reading

The Nuts Challenge Cold Water Training

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Nutters, it is time to get ready for The Nuts Challenge, with your FREE Cold Water & Cold Weather Training Plan!

The Nuts Challenge Race Director, Wayne Monkman in partnership with Mudstacle.com, has asked obstacle race training specialists Wild Forest Gym, to help prepare his nutters for race day with Cold Water Acclimatisation Training.

Monkman says “As an event organiser I feel it is my duty to look after the welfare of my nutters. This means giving them first class training, so that they can prepare themselves. This way every nutter can enjoy themselves and be safe.  Last year the weather turned on us and hundreds of nutters risked hypothermia, because they were not familiar with cold water and cold weather exposure.

Similarly they were inadequately kitted out. This year every nutter will get a FREE Nuts Challenge Cold Water & Cold Weather Acclimatisation Training Plan. This will include  kit advise and 4 weeks of progressive training so that they are race READY & Race SAFE for the NUTS CHALLENGE”

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FREE Cold Water Acclimatisation Training

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WEATHER ALERTS – 11th October 2016 – Temperatures dropped to 2.5 degrees in Essex.  DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE cold water and cold winds.

It is time to get ready for winter OCR races, with your FREE Cold Water & Cold Weather Training Plan!

For those of you who raced at last years UK Champ and Nuclear Fallout you will know what I am about to say. The temperature plummeted the day before and there was an icy chill! So many people suffered because the weather had been so mild up to then and were not prepared or kitted out. Lets not make 2016 a repeat of last year.

Early is the key word to preparation for your winter races. Although we have experienced milder winters for the last 3 years we must not forget that the winters can hit us hard. Back in 2012/2013 it was –8°. The reason I remember it was because I was running Tough Guy on January 29 2013 it was -10° in the water and the ice was 2cm thick. So do not be deceived by the last 2 winters, plan and prepare for the worst, and you will be in a good standing for your winter OCR races.

Just note we don’t need frosts for the water temperature to rapidly drop. Similarly when going in and out of the water the wind chill factor can really affect our comfort zone and can lead to cases of hypothermia. Also do not underestimate how the temperature of the lakes, ponds and rivers will slowly drop from September/October.

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Cold Water Acclimatisation Training

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It is time to get ready for winter OCR races, with your FREE Cold Water & Cold Weather
Training Plan!

Wild Forest Gym on a mission to inspire, educate and coach OCR Racers and contenders.

With winter OCR races already on the go it is time to acclimatize  to the cold weather and cold waters. DOn’t be caught out by last years mild winter. For those of you who were racing with Coach Michael or Pete (Mudstacle) on 29 January 2012 at Tough Guy it was -10° and the ice was 15mm thick! For the Nuts Challenge in March 2013, it was a meagre 1°. Believe it or not on 30 March Coach Michael  was racing at The Reaper in East Sussex and it was snowing. On 30th Jan 2014 the ice was 10mm thick and it was -1° in Essex.

Even though last winter was mild, we could see this winter hitting us like it did in 2012, where we saw 000’s of cases of hypothermia, injuries and cramping including many elite racers! Continue reading