Next year’s plan is already unfolding although using the word plan is somewhat deceptive since there has been no planning involved. Some races have grabbed my interest and I have signed up for them without any thought. With that in mind, it seems that the races and dates suit one-another pretty well and I will most likely fit in some more races too.
May 2nd: Lidingö MTB (65km MTB Race)
June 27th: Vansbro Triathlon (Half IM)
September 26th: Lidingöloppet (30km Cross-Country Run)
The race in May will keep me from spending too much time focusing (playing?) on the technical aspect of MTB in NICK trail – it will force me to do real training on the bike… this will help me build up to the Half Ironman. There is a long time from the Half IM to the final race of the season; I have a few ideas about what I want to do between but I’ll hold back on that decision for a while. Last year I got injured too many times – this year I have to stop doing that. The first action to take is not to do any technical MTB riding from now until next spring.
A-Race finished nearly three weeks ago and I did my first run since then just last night. A very easy 5km run followed by 10 minute superset in the outdoor gym. A very nice entry back to training.
During the run I was thinking of what could lie ahead next year. The answer didn’t come but a decision did: Keep the HR down for the winter.
A common occurrence over the past few years is that I am to strong in April -an April fool I suppose- and my fitness deteriorates from there. In an attempt to correct this, I’m going with a softer approach this winter. Keep the HR down for 90% of all my training sessions – regardless of the sport. Only in April will I start to increase the intensity. The hope is that this will get me fitter than I have ever been in my entire life… or something along those lines at least.
Shit! Just checked my training diary; I haven’t swam in 14 weeks. That is going to take a while to get back on track.
I finally started my strength program with a bang.
Two pairs of dumbbells (two different weights) and a kettle bell were enough to the ball rolling.
I had absolutely no plan upon beginning but ended up doing three eight minute super-sets with two minutes rest between each set.
Sunday morning started with pain and today wasn’t much different. A swim might be the best way to get some training done today… let’s see what opportunities arise.
I should really wait until after my six weeks in the gym before I plan next year but I had a quick look around today and have done some pre-planning.
Lidingöloppet 2015 is booked. Specific prep will begin running on the trails in Praiano in July. I hope to have good running speed by then and I’ll start to convert that speed into hill strength from July to October.
The question is do I:
1/ Do Vansbro Triathlon
2/ Do stockholm Aquathlon
3/ XTerra Stockholm
The calendar is not fixed yet for 2015 but there is a chance that the Aquathlon/Xterra could be two weeks after Vansbro – the race distances are within a range of each other such that it would be easy enough to adapt a training program to fit all races.
Doing the triathlon will require time on the bike; putting together that time is a puzzle that has thus far eluded me since I have become a father. I will try again this year and see how far I get.