Training In Melbourne
Posted 03 March 2011 - 06:50 PM
I know it is near impossible to compare training conditions in Melbourne with those on the track but was hoping somebody who had trained in Melbourne on the 1,000 steps out at Ferntree Gully could give me a rough comparison.
ie. how many times up and down 1,000 steps would get me close to experiencing what I will encounter in a days trekking at Kokoda?
Posted 06 March 2011 - 08:28 PM
I live in Chirnside Park, Melbourne, and incorporated the 1000steps at FTG a few times in my preparation for our Kokoda crossing in 2007 at age 61. This was mainly in respect of my late father, a member of "A" Co. 39th Battalion who of course served on the Kokoda Track during the 2nd WW. Dad was Secretary/Treasurer of the 39th Battalion Association for much of the 1980's &90's, was mainly responsible for the organisation and installation of the Kokoda Memorials placed along this walk.
I have to say though, this walk is very much a "walk in the park" compared to the actual Kokoda crossing.
It is of moderate benefit, if only to get klms into the legs.
I would recommend as a "must", either the walk up Mt Donna Buang from Warburton starting at the Golf Course or, the High Lead Track at Powelltown. Both very much duplicate the stepness of the terrain you will experience at Kokoda. The humidity you will experience PNG will of course, not be duplicated in Melb.
Best wishes with your preparation.
Posted 07 March 2011 - 06:53 PM
Posted 22 March 2011 - 08:11 PM
As Geoff has said, it is hard to match the conditions on the Kokoda track with anything in Melbourne but the track up Donna Buang gives a bit of an insight. I went up in in 2 hrs 20 mins and came back down in 1 hr 40mins, so all up it is a good 4 hr workout.
My measure of whether I was training hard enough was always in my recovery. As long as I pulled up fine with no soreness the next day, I knew I was doing Ok and could push harder in training. As it was I pulled up perfectly every morning on Kokoda, so all those hills were definitely worth it!
ETA- here is a link to a post I made last year regarding tracks in Victoria. http://www.kokodatrail.com.au/forums/index...ic=1631&hl=
Posted 23 March 2011 - 08:24 PM
Posted 25 March 2011 - 12:20 PM
The other things that helped in my training was after hitting the gym (couldn't bush walk more than once a week) finding a set of stairs and doing them. After a long session on the treadmill at the highest incline, then biking, then walking again the stairs were tough. But I think it did my legs good to get used to moving even when they were tired. The other thing I did was wear ankle weights while I trained. Normally I think they are a bad idea (the are marketed to runners sometimes, and running puts enough stress on the body), but I think they stimulated the feeling of walking with tired legs and made me stronger. If you try this make sure the weights don't rub on your boots (mine hit the fabric inner lining and rubbed it away - damn!). I trained most days and was tired, although no pain (except those associated with other injuries...). Never felt sore while we were treking though so it was worth it.
Posted 27 May 2012 - 11:46 AM
Can someone, in detail, tell me where the "High Lead Track at Powelltown" is. Eg where I park the car, then where do I go. I have been looking at maps and cannot see it.
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Posted 30 May 2012 - 11:51 AM
If you've done these, then disregard, but if not, let me know and I'll give you the locations and how to get there.
Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:46 AM
I have done the Mt Donna B track, great track, did it on a Sat and again on the Sunday. Not done St Leonards, would love to know how to find tht one, as the weekend is approaching and I dont seem yet still to know exactly where to park and walk to with the High Lead track, perhaps I will replace it with this St Leonrds one. The info would be great. Ta
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