Freycinet Challenge Training Plan - Competitor


This plan is designed to help paddling participants aiming to achieve a personal best performance at the Freycinet Challenge.

We have put together a 12-week program that will get you to the start line feeling confident that you can race the Freycinet Challenge to your maximum potential.

Accumulating some open water paddling time in the lead-up to this event is important. Therefore this plan places an emphasis on skill refinement and open water challenges, and a building focus on fitness and endurance work. For paddlers without regular access to open water, the plan includes a range of sessions to simulate the boat handling required to make the transition between river, bay, estuary and coastal paddling. You will find some sessions that will have you slightly outside your comfort zone, and some sessions that will leave you buzzing long after they are done! 

This plan will begin on July 15th, 2019 and take you through to race day on October 5th. For the first 2 weeks you will be asked to perform 3 to 4 paddling sessions per week close to home, maintaining this frequency but varying your training locations or conditions from weeks 3 to 4. Your frequency will escalate to 4 or 5 sessions per week from weeks 5 to 8. From weeks 9 to 10 you will have the choice of increasing your frequency to 6 paddling sessions per week, or maintaining your frequency and increasing the duration of some sessions. Twice each during weeks 9 and 10 you will also be asked to travel to a location on the edge of your comfort zone to train, and both weeks will include a day where you are asked to paddle once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Weeks 11 and 12 will focus on freshening up and fine tuning your course-specific skills. Stretching and body maintenance will complete the programme and take you through to the event in top shape.

Upon purchasing this training plan we will email you a pdf document with supporting material, and be on hand for general advice throughout your preparation. 


  • 12 week training plan  
  • Suitable for established paddlers taking on the Freycinet Challenge
  • Emphasis on a personal best performance
  • Focused on skill development
  • Focused on the transition from flat water to open water environments
  • Building fitness & endurance work throughout the program
  • Assumes infrequent access to open water environments
Freycinet Challenge Training Plan - Competitor

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