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How to get the most out of your Strava Challenge

Over the past few years, Strava challenges have become increasingly popular, and even more now that virtual events have sprung up as an alternative to ‘normal’ events. From the 31st July to 9th August you can take part in our own Challenge, Beat the Wall 32. So what’s it all about?

What are Strava Challenges?

“Strava offers several types of challenges as a fun way to motivate people to push themselves and accomplish a specific goal. Challenges can last a day, several days, or even an entire month.” – Strava

These challenges can be to complete a certain distance, a timed amount of activity, or complete a streak of activities over a certain number of days and are open to a range of activity types from running to climbing.

HIGH5 Beat the Wall 32 Challenge

Beat the wall and push yourself to complete 320 minutes of activity between July 31st – August 9th.

The new HIGH5 Slow Release Energy range is designed to give you a more stable and sustained energy supply for longer-lasting fuel during sport. Hitting the wall (or bonking) is a thing of the past! Fuel the smart way and keep pushing further.

Sign up for the HIGH5 Beat the Wall 32 Challenge and complete 320 minutes of activity by August 9th for the chance to win a Slow Release Energy Pack (first 5,000 athletes, you will be charged the cost of P&P at £2.99). All other finishers will receive a coupon code reward for 40% off on HIGH5. Promotion open to GB residents aged 18+ only.

Developed and tested with professional German cycling team BORA-hansgrohe, HIGH5 have set out to redefine endurance nutrition, HIGH5 Slow Release Energy contains a low GI carbohydrate, Isomaltulose, that’s digested slowly to provide a stable and sustained  fuel during sport. Isomaltulose has a GI of 32 (compared to a high GI of 86 for maltodextrin), causing your blood sugar levels to rise and fall more steadily without the dreaded crash all the way through your 320 minute challenge.

Taking part in a challenge is a great way to get motivated, whether you’re looking to start training regularly, want to set more training goals, or are looking for a way to spice up your workouts.

Whatever your reason for taking part, read our top tips for getting the most out of your challenge:

1. Do it at your own pace

It can be exciting to start a new challenge that might make you push yourself, but make sure you aren’t rushing to finish all 320 minutes in one day! Be realistic in what you can complete in one go and you’ll enjoy your training much more.

2. Set intermediate goals

320 minutes on its own can look daunting but breaking it up into chunks makes it a lot more manageable. You could do 32 minutes a day, 1 hour 20 minutes for four days or a long 2 hour 40 minute ride each weekend.

3. Plan ahead

As you know how much time you need to exercise for by a certain date, plan ahead and plot out your training schedule. This will help you avoid falling short of the distance or time before the challenge is over. This is also a great opportunity to plan in some new routes.

4. Make sure you have your nutrition down

If you’re planning on doing longer periods of activity, make sure you’re keeping energised, hydrated, and recovering properly so you can complete your challenge on time and avoid needing to make up minutes towards the end of the challenge. The Slow Release Energy Pack contains 2 x Slow Release Energy Drink, 2 x Energy Gel with Slow Release Carbs, and 2 x Energy Bars to help you stay energised and hydrated during sport.

5. Get connected

You don’t want to finish up your long ride and find out your watch ran out of battery halfway through! Make sure your preferred devices are connected up to the app properly and charged before you plan on logging your minutes so you don’t miss out on your trophy.

5. You don't need to do it alone

Although it’s an individual challenge, everyone can get involved. So share the challenge with your friends, join up for your exercise and keep each other motivated. If you prefer to head out on your own, then check out our recent article on the top tips when cycling on your own.

Make sure you’re tagging us throughout your HIGH5 Beat the Wall Challenge using #HIGH5BeatTheWall so we can share our favourites!

Sign up to the challenge here

HIGH5 Slow Release Energy Pack

The Slow Release Energy Pack contains all the products and flavours of our new Slow Release Energy range, providing you with longer-lasting energy. Enhanced with Ocean Minerals for an invigorating hit of magnesium and over 70 minerals and trace elements. Get yours here.

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