Training tips from a Pro

The beauty about living in Colorado is there are dozens of mountain sports for one to test mettle. A few tips from world champion adventure racer Mike Kloser, who trains and competes in numerous activities throughout the year.

1. Attitude is Everything

One of the most important things is having a good attitude and having a good time. Use the first event or two as a total learning experience because there is a lot to learn in this sport. And if you are going to set some goals, make sure they're realistic. I've had my share of humbling experiences over the years.

2. Learn To Balance

My plan is to try to train five or six days a week, throw a race or two in each week for intensity and to keep me motivated. Family comes first, even though, realistically, you have to schedule a lot of your family time around your work schedule and your training. I function best by getting in most of my workouts first thing in the morning, usually 6 or 7 in the morning but sometimes 4:30 or 5. That kind of sets my mind at ease for the rest of the day.

3. Train with a Friend

I do a lot of my training alone, but when I do the longer stuff and am planning to go into the mountains for a big day or an overnighter, I plan those with friends. I think it's very important to train and travel with friends whenever possible. That way there is someone there to look after one another and be of help.

4. Be Prepared for Anything

Start early and finish early. In the summertime, if you're out there in the afternoon, the chances are much greater that you're going to have a thunderstorm roll through. It's so easy for something to go awry if you get off track or get disoriented or if a storm rolls in. It's very important to take along the necessary safety gear or the gear to help you in unexpected circumstances, whether it's a little extra food or water or a light jacket or something as simple as a space blanket or a lighter or matches. Even a small whistle can be a very useful tool if you get lost. And having a cell phone is almost as important of an item to remember as a jacket.