We all want to improve on our past performance, continue to grow as athletes and achieve greater things. I recognized quite a long time ago that if I want to improve my performance as an Ironman I must identify three things; 1) my weaknesses and how I am going to improve them, 2) what pre races I will be doing in order to assess my progress, and 3) how to structure my training so as to gain the most out of every effort. In my last blog post, I defined my weaknesses and the plans to overcome them. Today I wanted to outline my pre-race structure.
Pre-Race Schedule – This is tricky because triathlon and winter do not mix well! But the current race prep schedule is as follows:
- I will schedule a simulation Olympic distance race in February. The Olympic distance is 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run. I will be in Florida for a week as I manage a crew of 4 people supporting one out of 50 athletes through Ultraman Florida. Afterwards, I will take one morning to myself and do a simulation Olympic triathlon. You have to maximize every moment you have!
- Track Cycling Provincial Championships in February – This will give me an opportunity to test my bike fitness, speed, confidence and focus. I will be racing in several individual and group events.
- I plan on racing Around the Bay 30km in March to test out my nutrition and pacing on the run. This run will likely be done after a hard bike ride the day before.
That is pretty much it! The plan might change slightly in order to accommodate any unforeseen incidents or to capture some opportunities should they arise. In an ideal situation, I would complete a half ironman race 6-8 weeks before my Ironman. But traveling down south yet again this spring is possible. While it is not ideal to schedule a spring Ironman living so far north, it is completely possible. You must learn to love the treadmill and indoor bike training. Lucky for me, I love riding on the velodrome. I will continue to do so, but it will not be my own form of bike training in preparation for Ironman.
Some of you may be wondering; considering the length of the winters we have will I even be able to get outsides and do a long ride before April 22nd. Likely, I will not. Which means I will be doing 4-5hour bike rides on my trainer, and sandwich it between rides on the track in order to give me some variety. I came to terms with this when I first registered for Ironman Texas. I knew what I was getting myself into and accepted it. That is very important when deciding which Ironman to do. I choose Texas because it has the exact race profile that I desire and that I am the strongest at. As a result, I have to conform to the demands of the training associated with a spring Ironman. I want this, so I am going to push through hell for it.
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