Well I've decided to keep a log then. Thought it would be cool to look back this time next year just to see what i was thinking, doing, hoping for and where it got me. Also felt it would be nice to get my thoughts on paper as it were, and give my girlfriend a break from listening to me go on!
I got into triathlon last year, mainly because a friend of mine had been doing them for 7 years and he loved it! He regularly finishes in the top 25% and higher in tri's, he to me, is the carrot on the stick. Perhaps this year i will finish added of him hehe!
I always wanted to be able to swim properly so i decided to put that right first and if it went well then i'd add cycling and running. I had done some road runs previously and i had and still was playing junior soccer. Loved the soccer and the lads, grew up playing with them and had been playin with the team since i was 17. However i was always a little envious of my friends that played handball (big in the village im from!). Envious in the sense that they only had themselves to rely on. I found with the soccer that only a few of us were committed, the rest just went with the flow. I wanted to win something! We eventually did and i got that monkey off my back.
It was then i started to think of doin a triathlon, and i did. Last may, tri limits sprint in dungannon. I finished in a time of 1 hr 19 min, 4 mins behind my mate. I was buzzing that day! I loved it. I had only planned on one but i ended up doing 10. 4 of those were National Series and upon advice from my friend i applied for a place on the Ire age group team for Athlone 2010. I got my place, i was so delighted and really looking forward to that this year.
Even before i got my place on the team i had decided that i really want to push on in 2010 and improve. This lead me to my second posting on boards, here it is....http://boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2055645249 I got loads of great advise from there. When i look back now (and it was only 6 months ago!) i see how naive my "plan" was! I intend to go back to this thread in Sept 2010 to tell people just "how much one can improve"
So here is what i did...
1) Got the Tri Training Bible (well the girlfriend did!)
2) Read it from cover to cover (i now know what periodization is!)
3) Bought a Turbo Trainer
4) Decided to do two sessions a day 5 days a week
5) Read as much as possible and listen to others.
6) Ordered a TT bike (Giant Trinity 0, god bless cycle to work scheme!)
I found that endurance was my big limiter, becomes very apparent in my runs.
Here are my Season Goals:
1) Obtain 650 points-Top 20 in Age Groups
2) Finish in the top 30% in Hell of the West 2010
3) Finish in the top 30% in the Euro Champs Age Group
Here are my Training Objectives:
1) Do a 20k TT in under 32 mins
2) Feel stronger climbing hills by May
3) Run a 90 min half marathon
4) Run a 45 min 10k in a triathlon
My A races are:
1) Hell of the West
2) Euro Champs Age Group 2010
3) Half Iron man* (Kenmare or Groomsport)
So I started Base 1 on Mon the 18th of Jan.
Monday Swim (Technique)/Turbo (Delboys Intervals, thanks delboy!)
Tuesday Weights/Run (Liffy Valley AC)
Wednesday Swim (with coach)/Turbo
Thursday Weights/Run (Liffy Valley AC)
Friday Swim (with coach)/Long easy run, 1hr 30min(ish)
Saturday Cycle (with Swords CC)
Sunday Rest/Race (every second week or so)
It was going quite well until I got an infection in my wisdom tooth last week, so no training. This week was scheduled as a rest/easy week, so we booked into a nice hotel in Cavan to relax (the joys of being a teacher on mid term!). So Base one was 3 weeks and i've now had 2 weeks rest o well i just have to adapt, these things happen. Also only got out once for my long cycle on Saturdays for one reason or another. I hope this chances, i am confident it will. I have also decided to keep the competitive edge by doing one mountain run and one duathlon per month (Jan to April) This will also break up any boredom and keep me motivated. The idea of the mountain runs is to toughen me up because the Hell of the West and Beast of the East were like hell on earth for me last summer.
So this week (scheduled rest week) i did an easy spin on sunday on the turbo (by the way i love my turbo, i get a chance to catch up on box sets, Lost season 5 at the mo)
An easy 7 k this morning, 4:50/km pace.
Anyway here goes logging, i hope to update it every evening.......all constructive criticisim/feedback welcome, that is if anyone will read this!
*Haven't decided on HIM yet, going to wait and see how i feel, not pushed yet on doing long distance tri's, this is only my second year after all and im not in it just to do it, i want decent times too.