Five Biggest Mistakes When Training for #PPG2017

With #PPG2017 just over two months away, training season is in full swing. To feel confident and strong on the start line, you have to put in the work now. If that means getting up before dawn to grind out a few miles or foregoing happy hour for an evening on the water, that’s just part of the deal.

If this is your first time training for a big race, there’s a few pitfalls you’ll want to avoid. These five training mistakes may not only hurt your performance come race day, but could lead to costly and painful injuries that’ll keep you off the water all together.

1. Overtraining

You’ve set a lofty goal for the race and you’re determined to meet it. You’re training every single day, sometimes twice a day, fighting through pain to achieve your goal. While training every day may seem smart, your ambitious workout schedule may be doing more harm than good.

Overtraining is one of the most common mistakes when it comes to preparing for a race. The main issue is that it doesn’t give your muscles and joints a chance to repair and grow. This leads to muscle fatigue and various joint injuries that will only hamper your progress.

The other issue with overtraining is that it leads to mental burnout. Paddling is supposed to be fun and while everyone wants to do well in the race, overtraining can make it feel more like a chore than a hobby. Check out our suggested #PPG2017 training schedule and remember that rest days are just as important as training days.

Overtraining and a lack of protein is a bad combo. Photo by Aaron Black-Schmidt

2. Lack of Protein

After a long day of paddling, there’s no better reward than an ice cold beer. Right?

Not so fast, speed racer. While a refreshing brew may be tempting, your body needs protein so that your muscles receive the proper amino acids to promote muscle synthesis. In lei man terms: it helps your muscles grow. Without protein, your body naturally resorts to using the muscle tissues for energy. This not only hurts performance but will leave you sore for much longer.

To avoid this, you’ll want to consume approximately 25 to 35 grams of protein–the maximum your body can process at one time–within 30 minutes of completing your workout. The easiest way to accomplish this is to bring a protein shake with you. Here’s one of our favorite protein shake recipes we use to fuel up after a tough session.

Learning to surf a raceboard is key for PPG. Photo: Aaron Black-Schmidt

3. Not Surfing Your Raceboard

No matter how many hours you log on your raceboard, nothing can prepare you for dropping into a wave on a 12’6″ board unless you’ve tried it. That’s a lot of board to handle and you’re likely to bury the nose the first few times you try it.

The last place you want to find that out is coming into the finish line of #PPG2017, with all your friends and family cheering you on. Save yourself the embarrassment and take your raceboard out for a surf before the big race.

For your first time, choose a smaller day when the waves are more forgiving. This will allow you to get the hang of catching waves and maneuvering your board through the surf zone. Just be sure to avoid crowded lineups until you are confident in your surfing abilities on a raceboard.

Don’t forget your interval training. Photo: Aaron Black-Schmidt

4. Not Doing Interval Training

While long distance paddling is good for building your aerobic threshold, you’ll still be hurting come race day if you ignore the anaerobic part of the equation.

That’s where interval training comes in. Whereas distance paddling involves keeping your heart rate sustained at 60 to 70 percent of max effort for a longer period of time, interval training requires short spurts at 90 to 100 percent max effort.

Not only is this more effective if you’re short on time, but also helps improve your endurance. Killing two birds with one stone? Sounds like a good training strategy to us.

A little intimidating for your first race. Photo: Aaron Black-Schmidt

5. Not Racing

#PPG2017 is the biggest event in SUP. When the time comes for your race, you’ll be joining hundreds of other open racers jockeying for position on the start line, while thousands look on from the sandy shores of Doheny State Beach.

It’s a little intimidating.

The best way to quell those start line jitters is to get a little experience under your belt. Sign up for a local race and you’ll quickly realize it’s very different from solo training sessions. Nerves, adrenaline and excitement will flood your body on the start line. Trust us, knowing what to expect will make your #PPG2017 race go much smoother and faster.


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