Thursday, March 30, 2006

Gearing up for epic camp!

Triathlon season is just around the corner, and Justin and I have a rather ambitious (hopefully not too stupid) season planned. Our early "A" priority race is the Desoto American TTT, a three-day event with a super sprint, 2 olympics, and a 1/2 IM distance race. For two of the races, we'll get to race as a team and draft on the bike. The weekend prior to this race, we'll be racing Memphis in May (both the mtb and the olympic road races)...hopefully, this will not be too poor a decision. Then, in June, there are olympic distance races almost every weekend (welcome to triathlon season in Oklahoma). In July, we might consider heading to Kansas City for age-group nationals, and then do a 1/2 IM and sprint race over a weekend in Arkansas for August. September has Justin thinking he might go for a full IM and see what it's like...I'm not yet convinced.

In preparation for the season, we're meeting some friends this weekend for a crazy training "camp," based on Gordo Byrne's epic training camps. We'll bike 100 miles on Saturday after running for an hour (~7 miles or so), and then wind down the day with an hour in the pool. On Sunday, we get up and do it all again. I'm excited to swim with some really good swimmers (although our swims have been really improving with the volume we've been putting in). The bike work will be really good for us, too, but we have been getting in long rides pretty consistently for the past month and a half or so - we can tell that they've been greatly improving our endurance and climbing/descending skills (since we ride through some of the few mountains Oklahoma has to offer).

I'm very optimistic about the coming season. I think I've struggled to put races together, not so much because I wasn't in shape, but because mentally, I wasn't at the top of my game. I'm making a concerted effort to read up on the mental side of training/racing/triathlon, and I think it will really help me do my best with the sport. I'm excited about the prospects! Training has gone really well; I just got out of the pool after a short workout, but my times have really decreased...I just did 3 x 100's in ~1:10, which I was pretty pleased with! I'll keep at it with the bike, run, mental training, and learning about nutrition, and then...I think I might be able to put together my best season so far!


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