I have been posting training recaps since the beginning of this blog so it has sorta just become habit. Each week I post what my training looked like that past week. What I haven’t done in a long time though is talk about racing. While I have a few cycling, running and triathlon races in my mind as ones I would like to do this year, I don’t have anything set in stone.
If you have been reading this blog for sometime now you know that I have dealt with injury after injury after injury after injury since January 2014. As pessimistic as that may seem, I have literally been dealing with an injury for about 20 months of the past 24. Last year my goal was to just get to the start line of a triathlon after a year away. Well, I didn’t race one triathlon last year. Luckily, I found and fell in love with bike racing. I still longed for running but my body was not ready. I truly enjoyed cycling but missed the variety that came with swim, bike, run. So again, this year I am determined to get to the start line of a triathlon. But I am also at peace about it all. I feel really good about my everyday training and know that staying the course is going to benefit me whether I race this year or not.
My goal first triathlon however is St. George 70.3 (half ironman) on May 7th. If on March 7th (2 months out) I am healthy, pain-free and my training is progressing as it should be, I will sign up.
Some other races I am thinking about are:
- San Dimas Stage Race, April 1-3 – I actually wouldn’t consider this race but I signed up and got sick before it last year so I have a free entry for this year. It is also close enough to my parents house that I could stay with them/make it a visit home. But if fo r some reason I couldn’t get the time off from work, I wouldn’t be too upset about it. ‘
- A handful of local cycling races. I got very burnt out from cycling races last year. There is one pretty much every weekend in California from January-August so while I definitely want to do a few races this year, I will be more selective.
- BolderBoulder, May 30 – A fun 10k I have wanted to do for a while. If I run consistently until then it should also be a good way to see what I can do again.
- Boulder Peak Triathlon, July 10 – A local olympic distance triathlon.
- Tempe (October 16th) OR Austin 70.3 (October 30th) – If I do St. George, I can honestly say I will go into it simply wanting to see what I can do. It will be almost 3 years since my last triathlon so I can’t have too many expectations. I will also be so overwhelming grateful to just be there that I plan on soaking in every second of that. After St. George I will be able to make some solid season goals and plans for one of these late season goal races. I would hope to have a solid 4 months of training (and 10 months injury free) and be in good shape for an October race.
That is about it! I plan on getting back to racing this year but it is not what this year will be about. I would rather train well and consistently, stay healthy and have a handful of great race experiences.
So now to that training…
Monday: Swim 1 hour 20 minutes, Ride with intervals 2 hours 15 minutes
Tuesday: Run 30 minutes, Swim 25 minutes, Water running 25 minutes, Strength 1 hour
Wednesday: Bike efforts 1 hour 30 minutes, Swim 1 hour 30 minutes
Thursday: Easy trainer spin 1 hour, Run 30 minutes, hip + core 30 minutes
Friday: Bike 1 hour 30 minutes, Swim 1 hour 15 minutes
Saturday: Bike 3 hours 30 minutes
Sunday: Run 30 minutes, hip + core 20 minutes
- Swim: 4 hours 10 minutes
- Bike: 9 hours 45 minutes
- Run: 1 hour 50 minutes
- Strength: 2 hours
17 hours and 40 minutes total
And that’s a wrap!
Do you have any races on your calendar? How is your training going?
Do you find it hard to keep training when you don’t have something on the calendar or your racing schedule is unknown?