Should Nerida Alexander ever need any training tips for the 100km Michael Tynan Challenge, she could consult her three-time Triathlon World champion husband Craig.
But the super slim and fit mother of three is herself a veteran competitor in triathlons and long walking events and she has the training thing down to a fine art. And it doesn’t mean walking for hours every day, although she would do plenty of that in her job as an emergency department nurse at St George Hospital.
Nerida was recruited for the challenge by one of the organisers, who were hoping to snare her famous husband for the event.
‘’Craig is super busy but he said himself a cancer survivor, but she was also attracted to helping a charity that raises money for something she really believes in: medical research – and the chance to revisit the Royal National Park’s Coastal Walk."
‘’The Coastal Walk is so beautiful; I’ve done it before but that was pre children. It’s not a ridiculously tough walk; it’s just long. Anybody with a reasonable level of fitness can do it,” explains Nerida.
Nerida is on the St George Hospital staff team, and explains it as a great chance to meet and connect with people from the research centre and its great for everyone’s mental health.
Nerida’s tips to get you to the finish line
Nerida has some great tips for everyone who is about to take on the Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge.
‘’You can’t just walk for huge distances,’’ Nerida said. ‘’You need to throw some running in there just to change the way your body moves. It’s good for your feet, good for your hips, and good for your knees in particular to mix it up.’’
Your feet are extremely important and you need to take care of them, what is good for your feet is what will get you to the finish line in the 100km Michael Tynan Challenge.
‘’The Tynan Challenge will cover all sorts of surfaces - hard roads, soft sand and the rocky and uneven terrain of the Coastal Walk. That means it’s important to make sure you have good shoes, the right shoes,’’ Nerida said.
Nerida further suggests buying shoes that are a size bigger due to feet swelling after a long period of walking.
Nerida’s nutritional advice
What you fuel your body with is vital to your performance and ensuring you can make it to the end of the challenge. Dried fruit and nut snacks are the go to snack for Nerida.
“I absolutely swear by dried bananas. They are really good for energy”, Nerida explains.
Nerida also states that she will be carrying some protein bars for the journey to give her the burst of energy when its needed.
Source: The Leader