Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Planning for 2015 Triathlon Season

Now that I am sufficiently into my off-season, the itch to do a triathlon has returned.  It took a few weeks, but I'm now rested and ready to rumble again.  I suppose this post should wait until after the post that has been sitting in my drafts folder titled "Lessons from my Tri Season," but I'm still working on that one... so moving forward for now.  Though I will take into account one lesson from last season, and that is to put more thought and planning into my race season.  Last season, I just kind of signed up for races as I felt like it and I ended up doing three races in the span of a month.  By the end, I was burnt out and that third race (K-Town) was a struggle!  So, this is what I'm thinking about as I plan my season:

1) When I want to peak -- That's easy.  My "A" race next season is Age Group World Championships.  I'll be doing the sprint tri and my goal is to place in the top 10 in my AG. That is a tall order, so I need to be sure that I peak at just the right time.

I get to go back to Chicago! And this time, I'll be sporting Team Canada colors!

2) Budget - Races and especially travelling to races can get expensive.  But, it is also really fun to go race somewhere new, so I'm budgeting for one travel race in addition to my trip to Chicago. That will probably be my other big race, so I'm looking in the May-early June timeframe.

3) Supporting Local Races - My plan is to head back to Cornwall next season, where I did my very first triathlon.  Cornwall hosts a really great, well organized race, with friendly volunteers and delicious post-race food. It attracts a lot of good athletes from the area too!  I'm also really hoping to pull together a relay for the Meech Lake Tri, another local race in beautiful Gatineau Park.  This one is a tough course and our club usually has lots of relays participating.

4) Having fun - as I learned last season, the more fun I am having, the better my performance will be.  I'm looking for races with fun atmospheres, lots of community support, familiar faces on the course, etc.

5) Challenging myself - I want to continue to grow as an athlete, so I need to challenge myself whether that is with a tough course, with a tough field of competitors, or a personal goal.

6) Giving myself time to recover - Rest and recovery is so important to achieving peak performance.  I'm going to try to give myself plenty of recovery time between races and enough time that I can get back to my real training too!  Last July felt like a month long taper and I could tell my fitness had diminished by the end of the month.

Once I get my race schedule planned out, I will plan out my training schedule in order to be appropriately prepared for the season.  It will be here in no time at all!

Do you have any suggestions on cool races or places to do a race? Let me know!

4 comments:

  1. I know how you feel about the off-season itch. I find it more difficult to train during the winter when the pool makes me colder (than I already am), my bike is stuck on the trainer, and my runs often require a treadmill. At least it builds mental toughness, right? It sounds like you have a good plan for the 2015 season. I can’t wait to see what you have on your schedule. Do you think you will do any longer distances?

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    1. Yes, I couldn't agree more. I need something to look forward to in order to help motivate me through winter training! The plan is to stick to shorter stuff (sprints and Olympics) so that I can focus on speed, then 2016 will be my year to go long :)

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  2. Love this post! 2015 will be my second race season and I am itching to find out which is the most fun course to race, timing of my training schedule and so much more!

    You sound like you've got a lot of experience under your belt! I'll be sure to keep reading your blog, keep up the great work!

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    1. Haha, I'm learning! You are going to have so much fun with your second season!

      Thanks for stopping by :)

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