Normally I don’t give a lot of thought to strategically planning out my race schedule in a smart way. However since my word of the year is focus, I am approaching things a little differently this year. Here’s how I am planning my race schedule.
Planning my race schedule
Let’s back up a bit for a second. In the past, I have been known to just haphazardly sign up for a crazy amount of races every year. Why you ask? I get serious FOMO. Honestly, as the chapter leader of our MRTT group, I post a calendar of races routinely. Then when I see my friends signing up for them, I naturally cannot contain myself. I believe this strategy has not benefited me too well in the performance department. Although, it was a great strategy in the fun department. Oh the struggle is real!
So…This year I am really trying to be strategic about signing up for races. As I have written about a few times lately, I am making improving my time in the Sprint Distance triathlon my goal for this spring and summer. I then plan to train for some longer distance running and relay races after the summer season. So here’s how I am planning my race schedule.
Pick an “A” race
I picked a sprint triathlon race on June 4th as my “A” race. I have participated in this race a number of times but never really feel like I performed the way I believe that I can. I am hoping to go back this June and crush some of my previous times on the same course.
Come up with a training plan
I was not able to find a generic triathlon plan that I thought suited me. The plans I found were either too easy or too hard. I know Goldilocks right? With the help of my trainer, I have come up with a plan that I am currently following. So far so good!
When choosing a training plan, I believe it’s essential to do an honest assessment and start where you are. Finding a training plan that is appropriate to where you are at that moment not where you want to be.
Plan “B” races
“B” races are great opportunities to test out how your training is going and identify any weaknesses. Using them as training runs are also excellent times to try out new fueling options or gear. I have a “B” race scheduled 5 weeks before.
Try not to get FOMO
As I mentioned, it is really difficult for me not to sign up for all the races. I am really trying to stay focused on the big goal this year. Then, afterwards,
I am going to sign up for everything I am going to assess the rest of my year.
Tell me: What’s your A race this year? How are you planning for it?
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