The recent (April'07) issue of Sea Kayaker Magazine brings River of Pain - The 460 Miles of the Yukon River Quest , article by Heather Nelson, expedition kayaker and racer. It is her first hand account of racing the 2006 YQR in a sea kayak. It was a tough race due to cold and rainy weather. Several teams were forced to scratch. Heather finished the race course in 46:42 hours and was the first solo woman, second solo kayak and sixth overall.
Here is what Heather said in the article about her training for the Yukon River Quest:
Training for an endurance race like the Quest requires treading a fine line between strong and race-ready without overtraining and becoming injured. I had trained for six months, paddling six to 10 hours during the workweek and either competing in a race or going for a long paddle on the weekends. Daily trail runs and weight lifting three times a week added aerobic fitness and strength. Three 12 hour training paddles had pushed my endurance and helped me figure out my outfitting, gear, seat and food.