Sleeping tactics are among the secret weapons of every Milar. Competitors are roughly divided into three groups. For those who do not sleep at night and drive, for those who basically bivouac and sleep outside in all weathers, and for those who use the shelter of guesthouses they meet along the way.
If you belong to the first group of fighters, then all you need is a light sleeping bag, a mat and a lot of caffeine. The advantage of this tactic is that even at night you will drive a negligible amount of kilometers and at a time when everyone is sleeping, you will move forward in the overall ranking. The downside is that you can only sustain this for a few days in a row and if you don't have this tactic really well tested, after a few days your body will say STOP. They fondly remember many competitors who had to retire from the front positions of the race just because the body could not withstand this extreme pressure.
Camping in nature gives the racers the flexibility to go all the way at night and get up early in the morning before dawn. These are the times when boarding houses are closed or are not yet awake. For a bivouac in nature, it is advisable to have:
- quality light feather sleeping bag,
- quality mat and
- sail over itself.
Here, competitors use different ponchos, rescue bags, windbreakers, sails or look for different shelters. We do not recommend a tent, it is bulky and heavy.
The third approach provides the Mileers with what they miss the most on the Mile, namely a soft bed, a shower, the possibility to wash and dry things or maybe recharge the batteries. So the benefits are clear. Disadvantages include the need to comply with the boarding house regime, where you will be accommodated no later than eight to nine o'clock and breakfast will not be served before seven to eight o'clock.