Stair Training for Spartan Beast Sun Peaks

In a deviation from the training plan, we're getting a bit of a head start on our incline / elevation training thanks to BTG client Kyle H, and his find of these stairs just a few minutes' drive from The BTG Garage.

Our first visit to the stairs absolutely DESTROYED my calves for four days, though that could have been the combination of the stairs at 8:30 AM, sparring at 10:00 AM, then an 8 km run / 4 km walk at noon the same day.  Actually, about 5 km into the run, I started to get seizures in my quads very similar to those I experienced on the Beast last year, but oddly enough my quads felt fine in the days after, where I didn't feel anything in my calves at all during any of the activity, but they were incredibly stiff and sore in the days following.  Go figure...

358 steps with approximately 200 feet of elevation gain each trip up the stairs.  We started out last weekend with four trips down & up (we started from the top), which we completed in just over 30 minutes.  We're aiming to hit these stairs every weekend, adding one trip down & up each week until we hit a total of 18 trips, which will roughly equate to our total elevation experienced on the Spartan Beast at Sun Peaks.

At the bottom of the steps is the Clayburn Creek Trail, which runs for approximately 2 km from Straiton Road to the entrance to the Auguston subdivision.  The stairs are about 500 m or so from the Straiton Road end of the trail, so we're thinking we might intersperse runs down to that end and back every 4 trips down the stairs or so to break things up.  Bad news is that it's downhill to Straiton Road, then back uphill to the bottom of the stairs...