Golding's fitness regime

The Ecover skipper gets in training for Route du Rhum

Wednesday September 25th 2002, Author: Sophy Williams, Location: United Kingdom
In preparation for November's single-handed transatlantic race the Route du Rhum, Mike Golding, round-the-world yacht racer, is undergoing an intensive fitness regime.

Golding and his shore team recently visited Renault F1 Team for a scientific fitness assessment from sports scientist Bernie Shrosbree. Shrosbree specialises in training athletes of the highest calibre.

Shrosbree commented, "everybody knows how fit Michael Schumacher is - that is where we are aiming. Our training will help give Mike the edge over his
competitors, as fitness and stamina play such an enormous part in long-distance yacht racing. Where Mike's assessment impressed us most, was when his body was being pushed to the absolute limit, he managed to sustain his physical performance for a long time. This is one of the reasons he is so good at endurance events."

Concept 2, who supply equipment to Renault, have also given Golding a Concept 2 rower for his new home gym and have arranged for the entire Mike Golding Yacht Racing team to train in the Fitness First gym in Southampton. Pete Gardner, champion British skuller has also teamed up with Golding to make sure that he maximises his use of the Concept 2 rower.
"Most sailors take their fitness for granted," says Golding, "as sailing involves so much exercise. This programme will help balance strength in my whole body, not just body parts used in sailing. It'll also reduce my susceptibility to injury. The training is so extreme that I'm hoping I'll find the race itself easy in comparison! The first few days of a transocean race can be the hardest and that's the struggle I'm aiming to avoid this time."

The Route du Rhum, starts on November 9th from St Malo to Guadeloupe. The journey takes approximately 18 days of non-stop solo sailing. Racing in his
Open 60 yacht Ecover, Golding is one of the top-seeded British entrants competing in The Route du Rhum.

Ecover, producers of natural cleaning and washing products for household and industrial uses are delighted to continue to support Mike and the team
during the forthcoming events.

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