Ok, since I didn't/ couldn't do IM Arizona due to many family reasons my last official race of the season was the Newburyport 1/2 marathon 3 weeks ago. The 1/2 marathon was a really good race for me and an overall PR of over 3+ minutes. After the race coachie put me on an " absolutely no workout week" which I have never done in over 5 years since embarking on this crazy journey and then 2 full weeks of doing literally 1/4 of the work I normally do and all at recovery paces. To say I'm looking forward to a bit more exercise and a little bit more intensity is an understatement. That being said I have testing coming up this week, a threshold test on the bike on Friday and then my 800 swim test the following week. I'm not quite sure what I'll be doing for the run, either timed mile repeats at the track or a local 5k, we'll have to see what he has in store for me.
I'm a bit nervous about the testing since it feels like I've done nothing for the past 3 weeks and I haven't been fully on the core either so I'm feeling a bit unprepared, we'll see how it goes.
So what's in store for me this season. WEll, for sure I'm scheduled to go to QT2 camp the first weekend in FEbruary in Clearwater, Florida and then following that up with the Hyannis 1/2 marathon at the end of the month. I may possibly be doing Texas 70.3 in early April and then after that I'm not too sure, except for Ironman Mont Tremblant in August of 2012. I need to really figure this out since races are already selling out.
Some goals for me this season are to rebuild my bike fitness and to start performing at where I was two seasons ago but at a better heart rate and where I can run successfully off the bike. I am going to train on a computrainer in the winter and spend some real quality time in volume, f/b a ton of bricks. I also want to do a bit more open water swimming which I wasn't able to do this year which I feel really impacted my races a bit ( not that two races really counts for a season). Anyhoo, psyched to be back at it and can't wait for a full and healthy race season to come.