Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Go hard or go home.

The plan for this year's race is simple: there is no plan. Last year, I followed a meticulously-crafted training program. Almost every workout was prescribed; almost every hour accounted for.

This year, not so much.

Because Ironman Western Australia was so late in the calendar year, I had to carefully regulate the intensity of my workouts. Most friends and fellow cyclists train to peak for events September or October at the latest and then take a breather. With my race scheduled for early December, I didn't have that luxury -- and while all of my friends were training to peak early, I had to keep my focus, exert some self-control, and avoid a late-season burnout.

Vineman is in late July, not December, so I'm not too worried about burnout. The theme for this year is last year's diametric opposite: go hard or go home.

I've been pushing pretty hard for almost two months now, with half of a light week in early April. Mileage has ramped up, hours have increased slightly, and I've (finally) managed to incorporate some swimming into the mix. This year, I'm not trying for long hours in the saddle: I'm looking for intensity. Intervals, faster runs, soreness and burn. It's going to be an interesting experiment.

Tomorrow, Kristine and I are going home for a nice, long weekend with family. My legs are going to enjoy a few much-needed off-days, and I'm going to see relatives who I haven't seen in a year or more!

When I get back, it's back to going hard. Until the end of May, when I'm going home again. And that'll be a fun (and well-timed) trip, too!