For the past couple of years, I have had very specific goals for my race season. Last year it was to finish my first Olympic distance race, which I did at Nation’s Triathlon. This year it was to finish my first half-Ironman distance race, which I did at Timberman 70.3. I have no idea what my goal for next season should be.
I’ve tossed around the idea of doing a marathon, but I’m not sure that’s really what I want to do. I feel that it is the next logical step in my fitness journey, but do I really want to commit to the training for it? By the end of this training season, I was so burnt out from the volume of training for Timberman that I couldn’t even think about doing another HIM any time soon. I think the time commitment to marathon training would be comparable and I’m not sure I can commit to that.
My other thought is to continue racing tris at the Sprint and Olympic distance next year, aiming for PRs at all the races I’ve done in the past and add a couple of new races. This is the “easier” route. Training for these requires no more than 1-2 hours per day and I know I would aim for that with any workouts anyhow.
The one thing that I know I will not be doing is a full Ironman. I am definitely not ready to devote my time to training for an event of that distance. I will complete a full Ironman at some point in my life, but it is not going to be next year. The funny thing is, I no longer question whether I can do an Ironman distance event. I KNOW that I can with the proper training. I think it was during the Timberman run that my perspective of what I can do completely changed and I realized that my body was capable of anything I could throw at it as long as I put in the time and effort to train for it. My self-motivation is my only limiter.
I will be thinking about my goals for next year a lot over the next few weeks/months. I’m going to try and come up with a plan that is still challenging, despite not increasing my distances across the board. Maybe I’ll do a bunch of Sprint/Oly tris AND a marathon. Maybe I’ll do just tris. Maybe I’ll do nothing and go a different route entirely. Sorry for the ramblings…just trying to sort through my thoughts. What are your plans for next year?
In other news, I was terrible about running last week. In fact, the only time I ran was when I last posted, for shame! I had big plans to do a local 5K on Saturday, but after a busy week including tons of studying for two midterms, I just didn’t have it in me. And when we found out that the entry fee was $40, Curtis and I decided we’d rather take that $80 and do something else another time. I did manage to convince myself to run yesterday, and took the dog for about 6 miles. Considering the overall lack of running lately, I felt pretty good for the whole run. Neither my lungs nor my legs were a limiter even if I was going very slowly. I did have a bit of a fight with myself about whether to keep going at several points along the route. Somehow I managed to convince myself to just keep moving my legs, one step at a time. This week I am supposed to taper for the 8K on Sunday. I’m not sure how much of a taper it will be if I actually put in more days than I have been. Here’s the schedule:
Monday – Off
Tuesday – 3 mile run
Wednesday – 3 mile run
Thursday – 4x400m with 400m walk/jog recovery
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 1-3 mile run easy
Sunday – Race Day!