Sunday, March 20, 2011
As far as training goes, my structure is actually pretty good - I'm approaching things a lot more methodically than I did last year. But my volume is just OK. I've been falling short about an hour or two a week. And though in any given week I suppose that's not a big deal, it's starting to add up.
My race planning is a mess. I'm not going to make it to Hawaii in June. As a family, we just can't get the trip together. I'd rather not go by myself, it would be a huge waste of money. And what would I do for the rest of the race week? Sit alone under a palm tree by the beach? I can do that at home for free.
Originally, I had the idea of switching out Hawaii for the the Rev 3 Portland. This race is in July, and it would a lot cheaper - flights are cheap and I have friends there. But for some reason, I am not 100% feeling it. Maybe it has something to do with not being happy with my training volume as of late. That said, I have not completely blown out the idea of yet, but I'll have to decide this week. We'll see...
To be fair, I realize that the season is by no means threatening to become a total wash-out - I've got a few Olympic distance races on the schedule plus my favorite local sprints. And I'm still on a relay team for the Hood To Coast. It's just that I don't have a genuine "A" race figured out for the year. So since I'm a planner and it's almost April, I'm freaking out a little.
I've been thinking about some options.
Option "A" - Enter the Big Kahuna Half in Santa Cruz, which is on September 11th.
The pros to this option are that it's a 70.3 that is fairly close to home and late enough in the season where I still have plenty of time to get my training together. Plus it satisfies my stated goal of doing a 70.3 in 2011. The cons are that I know very little about the race and that it's only a few weeks after Hood To Coast.
Option "B" - Bag a 70.3 for 2011, enter a few more Olympic distance races and set some high goals for performance. I would then enter California 70.3 in April 2012.
The pros to this option are that if I choose it, it will be fairly easy to execute. And I can just get on with my training and stop worrying. Like I said, I'm a planner. So there is some attraction to making 2011 a focus year for mastering** the Olympic distance. The cons really come down to the fact that I am also stubborn. So while the "planner" part of me finds some appeal in a methodical approach to ramping up my racing, the stubborn part of me is nagging at me and reminding me that I chose 2011 as the year for a 70.3.
So what would you guys do? Feel free to throw down an "Option C" if you've got one.
I suppose the good news is that either option still bookends well into planning for a Ironman distance in the second half 2012. This is most likely going to happen. Because even though the right side of my brain has not yet convinced the left side of my brain that my body is going to do it, it will. It always does.
** Please note I am using the term "mastering" on a curve.