Cheers to your 2016 season!
If you haven't started already, it's time to start thinking about your 2017 year of racing.
When it comes to season planning, there are typically two types of athletes who fail with season planning.
Athlete 1 - signs up for races without any thought as to the season as a whole. A race is open, looks "fun", wants redemption from racing it in the past or knows other athletes who are racing the same event are all typical responses as to how athletes plan their races. There's little thought as to the logistics and timing of these races and many times.
A common mistake is for athletes to only train for one race at a time. Example, Half IM in May - Starting on January 1st, I am training for Ironman ______ for the next 5 months. Ironman in August - from January 1st until August, I will be training only for my Ironman.
Many athletes have a tendency to become hyper focused on training and racing and ultimately, every race on the schedule becomes a key priority race (with too much pressure to be very fit for every race). The athlete races too hard, too often and the athlete is unable to properly recover from each race and maintain consistency in training. Consequently, when the athlete needs to really commit to peak training for the real key race of the season, the body is exhausted.
A haphazard approach to selecting races (start too early/late, finish too early) combined with an “all-in” training attitude can often leave you needing an extended off-season, and you may struggle to transfer your accumulated fitness from one season to the next.
In my next few blogs, I will help you properly plan your 2017 season of racing/training.
Here's a look at my tentative season of racing (and a few other events):
March 19th - Great Clermont Olympic triathlon (concluding our 4-day Trimarni all-level Clermont, FL training camp)
May 6th - IM St. George 70.3 (St. George, Utah) - Key Race
May 21st - Mountains to Main Street Half IM (Greenville, SC)
May 26-28th - Trimarni skills camp (Greenville)
June 22-26th - Trimarni endurance training camp (Greenville, SC)
August 6th - Lake Logan Half IM (Canton, NC) - Key Race
August - Purple Patch Fitness East Coast camp (Greenville, SC)
August 30-Sept 3rd - Trimarni advanced training camp (Greenville, SC)
September 9th - IM 70.3 World Championship (pending qualification at IM St George) - Key Race
October - Hincapie Gran Fondo (80-mile cycling event)
Also, as I have mentioned in past blogs, after 3 consecutive years of IM racing (6 Ironmans), I will be taking an intentional break from IM racing to focus on the half IM distance so that I can race more and fine-tune my skills and advance my fitness. This is all with the intention that in 2018, I will return to IM racing with better skills, resilience, strength and fitness. Speed is all relative but I do hope to get "faster" this season.