I have had a lot of questions about what I am doing now and what is next? I have an upcoming article at Endurance Corner that outlines my off-season check list. Everything from a bike fitting (done and yes my seat was too low by about two inches) to medical appointments.
My training volume post-race was almost nothing for two weeks. Right now I am training at about half my normal volume with little to no intensity except during Masters swimming. Our Masters program lacks a coach and unfortunately there is only one speed; lung splitting fast.
With this extra free time I have been getting some things done around the house, finishing my USAT recertification and planning next season.
At one point early in 2012, I seriously considered taking a break from long course. When I got quiet, I realized that I was still having fun and that it would be a shame to not take advantage of my new age group. I plan on a full racing schedule in 2013 and then a break from long course in 2014.
Here is the tentative race schedule through May of 2013:
- Mercury Man 70.3 (Cayman Islands) 1/20
- Endurance Corner Tucson Camp 3/3-10
- Gator 70.3 (Bradenton, FL) 3/24
- Galveston 70.3 4/7
- IM Texas 5/18
My goals for next season include breaking five hours in a 70.3 and eleven hours in an Ironman.
I would like to qualify for Kona again. My Kona experience this year was fantastic. I attended everything and really immersed myself in the experience and celebration of achieving a lifetime goal. If I am fortunate to qualify again (it remains really difficult with only 1-2 slots in my age group), I would attend Kona as a race and not a festival. I would make my bubble very small and focused with a plan to be festive post race.
I am in a great place right now. I have really enjoyed unloading fitness and I am itching to get back at it. I will get my wish in another week or so.
Be careful what you ask for…
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