Thursday, December 29, 2011

Jumping Into 2012

It's finally time to start thinking about jumping into some serious training again and I feel like I haven't done a thing in months. I've kept up with my swimming but my biking and running are really poor right now. I'm okay with feeling a little out of shape but now that I'm fully recovered and rested I need to get some structure back in my life again. Amber and I have decided to start a 5 mile indoor running race series and it's going to be incredibly fun. There are quite a few people interested and I need to get myself back in that VO2 max zone to start improving my threshold again. I'm having a tough time dealing with the fact that I'm not in good shape but as I get older I'm accepting the fact that I have to get out of shape to have some longevity in the sport.

So 2012 is a 1/2 IM year and I'm planning on starting off the year with some tough running races and then Stony Plain 1/2 IM, Calgary 70.3, and hopefully Vegas 70.3. It'll be nice to not have to think about having long, long training swims, rides, and runs and just keep training fun and fresh. We have some plans to start a family and fix up the house so this is the transition year and we'll see how everything pans out. I'm really excited to start 2012 and I think it's going to be a fantastic year for both Amber and myself.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Happy Holidays Everyone

It's a great time of year when training is on the back burner and rest is a priority. I've been spending a fair amount of time in the pool lately and it's great fun to just do workouts that I "want" to do as opposed to "have" to do. Yesterday Robert and I were kicked out of the Leisure Centre pool so we hustled to the Multiplex and got in a good 1750m with 25 x 50m all under 45sec with a couple sets going under 40sec! That's pretty good for a couple guys who aren't swimmers to be doing in the off-season. Training is fun right now as it should be but I am itching to get back to some structure again.

This year Amber and I have decided to host a 5 mile indoor running race series, on treadmills and we have quite a few people interested. It's going to be different to be doing a race on a treadmill but I want everyone to go into next year thinking more about achieving their own 'personal best' as opposed to racing and comparing yourself to other people. The idea is to slowly be able to see improvements in your own 5 mile race times from January to April and by the time May comes around we'll all hit the ground running (faster than usual).

So have a great Christmas and New Year and I'll look forward to hurting with everyone in 2012!