Big Kahuna 70.3 Triathlon in September, I want to make an announcement. From this day forward, my goal will be to find and then enter races that collectively have the worst possible names and/or logos. It's arguable that "Big Kahuna", roughly translated as "Big Shot", is a bad name. I personally think it is, anyway. Well, maybe "bad" is the wrong word. "Cheesy" may be better. It's certainly neither tough like "Ironman" nor artfully post-modern like "Rev3", that's for sure. But the name is downright poetic when you factor in the logo. Warning! This logo is what can happen now that anyone can download simple graphics rendering software from the Internet.
But screw it. I'm going anyway. And hopefully I'll rock it. I probably won't leave Santa Cruz a "big shot", but I think I can put myself on the good side of "medium shot".
Oh yeah, the plan. I actually put a lot of thought into this and ultimately decided that simpler was better. So I decided to use a very broadly defined plan from amateurendurance.com. Instead of drilling down to the specific minutia of each and every workout, it allows for some personal coaching. Entries include "Track - 60 Minutes" or "Swim - 75 Minutes". I decide how that is translated into actual workouts.
I am making a few changes though. Like most plans I reviewed, there are a few weeks of "ramp-up" where total weekly volume is about 7 hours. I'm not into this. So I'll be adding in some time the first few weeks, mostly on the swim and the run. I'm not going to add it all back in, though - my body could use a few lighter weeks before really hitting it. But I plan to more or less track the volume of the plan after week 3. The plan also calls for a weekly spin class, I presume for some sort of structured bike intervals. I'm not into this, either. But conveniently, the spin session is always scheduled for Tuesdays. So I'll be substituting in the weekly criterium instead. Because the crit involves plenty of interval work and I'm a firm believer of racing your way into form on the bike.
All that said, I really like how the plan is making me look at my training differently. I'll admit it, with the bike and the run I've been pretty much sticking to aerobic base training all year - longer efforts at a moderate pace. This plan will dice things up - for a large portion of the plan I'll do more sessions per week by sport than I have been but generally for shorter periods of time and in many cases at higher intensities. The plan also calls for 2 bike/run bricks most weeks, and one of them always falls on Saturday. This is cool, as it means I'll still be able to ride with OC Velo. But at least for the first month or so I'll have to stick to the shorter "B" ride and the skip the coffee stop at the end - I'll have to head home and run instead.
I'll need a really badly named half marathon to enter next February. Anyone have any suggestions?