Aaron Knight – La Sportiva Athlete – Alpine Trail Running Coach
Ultra-Trail Australia is a fantastic event in the Blue Mountains in NSW. This is Australia’s biggest festival of trail running. An amazing location, brilliant courses and a range of distances means UTA is very high on most people’s event “to do” list.
Here are some quick tips from La Sportiva Athlete Ambassador Aaron Knight for your UTA in 2021 !
I have competed in the UTA 951, UTA 22 and UTA 50 and this year I’ll race the UTA22 on the NEW course. Your training should be well under way but what you do in April will still greatly effect your race day in May.
The recent change to the UTA 11 course means it has less stairs and more open & faster sections. So keep doing your stair work (up & down !) but also look to include some of your speed work on some trails and also include some sessions on technical terrain. Finish times should be a bit quicker this year but still respect this tough 11k !
The recent change to the UTA 22 course means more singletrack and stairs ! But there is still some open & faster sections on Narrowneck Firetrail. So the prep you have done for descending Kedumba will have you well conditioned for a much more undulating course. But the extra variety in this course needs to be included in your final block of training. Mix it up!
The 50km & 100k courses have a wide variety of trail types and challenges. Your final few long runs should be planned and doing them on the UTA course or your best available “UTA” style terrain is a good idea. Just make sure your last “Longer Long Run” is 2-4 weeks before UTA so you are fresh on race day! Also lots of easy runs on trails will help your “Trail” efficiency. Both races are a long way and knowing you feel great when moving at an “easy” effort on trails in training will serve you better on race day than cramming in last minute training !
Aaron will be at Ultra-Trail Australia in 2021 with Team La Sportiva Australia and as a coach with his Alpine Training Running Athletes. Find out more about Aaron’s Alpine Training Running coaching here….