The TDLG is not a marathon. Your personal training, taking into account your skills and what you want to accomplish during the cross-country hike, is amply sufficient. Although we hope you will be able to make the most of the proposed route, we do offer opportunities along the route where you can leave the trail if you don’t feel able to go on.
For a fun-filled TDLG…
Here are few training suggestions from Jean St-Denis, better known as Jeannôt, a friend of the TDLG and college-level physical education teacher (he’s notably taught a hiking course in the Alps).
“Basically, there’s only one specific thing you need to do to get in shape: Walk as often as possible as you go about your daily activities (at work and when you shop for groceries, visit friends, go to church, bingo, see your psychotherapist, etc.). And as you do so, wear the boots you’ll be using during the Traversée de la Gaspésie. Walk, walk, walk all day long, and be happy and joyful while doing so! Walk when you play golf or soccer; walk when you get your groceries; take the stairs; and go about your daily routine on foot. Then, from time to time, go for a long hike, ideally a two-day outing… and be sure to carry the back pack you’ll be using during the TDLG.
As an easy guideline, I suggest you walk 115 km (a bite more of the length of the TDLG route) during the month leading up to the event. Since this year’s proposed route is not exactly flat, it would be a good idea to do your preparatory hiking in similar terrain (in hilly country with lots of ups and downs), and do some interval training. Some muscle-building exercises would also make the TDLG hike more enjoyable.
In September, you should be walking a lot, especially in the early part of the month when you also include a few interval training sessions. And above all, look at something other than your feet.”
Jeannôt also suggests you read pages 178 -179 of Guy Thibault’s book Entraînement cardio, sports d’endurance et performance, Vélo Québec Éditions, 2009. “It’s very methodological and highly technical (maybe too much so) but it’s a great guideline.”