Triathlon Season Review

The triathlon season is over. I did all of one triathlon but nonetheless have learned a lot.
I had planned to do three triathlons and had very lofty aims for the one that was to be my A-Race. As it turned out, I didn’t make it to my A-Race and the B-Race went pretty well considering the year that was.
My training year started in October during which time I was able to manage 4.5 hours per week. My plan was to keep the 4.5 hours while building intensity into the time – eventually having more than 60% of the time at very high intensities. This part worked. Part 2 of the plan was then to add volume while holding the same intensity I had built up – thus working up to an eight hour week. I never did manage to find these eight hours and as a result, the 4,5 hour week became my yearly average. Occasionally I’d try to add some volume in one sport but this just took time from the other ones, leaving me playing catch-up once the ‘volume phase’ was complete in one sport. I’d have been better off not trying in the first place.
For next year, I’m going to have to admit that this is all the time I have and plan around it or find the time I feel I need. That’s going to be worked out over the next few weeks… I’ll probably try to do an end of season big-week just for the purpose of investigation how I can fit it around my life.
As for the numbers… Here they are: From October 10th – today:
Total Training: 210h26min / 4h23m per week
Swim: 24h32m / 0h58min per week
Bike: 73h42m / 1h32min per week
Run: 76h18m / 1h35min per week
Not a lot at all!

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