We’re at the 12 weeks mark and I’m just getting over a cold. I’ve gotten sick twice in the past two months so that may indicate someone’s overdoing it…moral of the story is that I’ve got to back it down a bit to make sure I don’t screw up my consistency. After all, consistency is what’s going to give me the fitness I need for raceday.
Here’s the framework of what I got coming up in the next 12 weeks:
The next 4-6 weeks:
- I’ve got to get my body a taste of the race. This means some training sessions where I essentially do a watered down version of the race. During theses sessions, I’ll dial down my nutrition and race day intensity.
- My race simulations will consist of a 1-hour swim, a 4-5 hour bike, and a 4-6 mile run. My goal is to squeeze in at least 5 of these before race-day.
- I’ve got to focus on my strength/mobility deficiencies. Right now I have some pretty short lats, weak glutes and calves, a stiff upper back, and a weak core. I know this is stuff that should have been addressed months ago but they weren’t, so I need to do something about them now; I was so into becoming a better cyclist that I failed to focus on these deficiencies.
- I’ll be posting my core strength, mobility, and hip/calf strength workouts so stay tuned.
- I’ve got to put some focus on running. Right now it’s going to consist of drills and easy volume oriented running; I don’t want to start pushing the pace until my glutes and calves are strong enough to handle the type of running I want to do on race day. I know it’s cutting it close but I’m confident that 12 weeks of running will have me prepared for race day.
- I’ll be posting my drill sequence,…continue to stay tuned.
- I need to swim at least 3x per week. Swimming is the shortest component of the race and I feel I’ve got enough of a swim base to grind out a decent swim with minimal training. BUT,…I still have to swim and definitely more than I’ve been swimming the past few months.
- I’ve got a standard swim workout that I’m currently doing. I’ll be posting that soon.
- I need to do a better job at focusing on my recovery. After all, that’s when all the good stuff happens (physiologically speaking). I still continue to average 5.5 to 6 hours of rest per day and that ‘s horrible considering the volume I was doing.
- I’ve got to sleep at least 7-8 hours per night. It’s that simple.
So that’s pretty much it in a nutshell.