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!