Our masters swim group has been back at it in the pool and we are abysmally slow! We had all made real progress last year into June and now we are back to square one. Why? Well we either took the summer off or spent far too much time in open water without a variety of good interval workouts. I spent a lot of my time in open water this summer swimming with my athletes. That would have been fine if I also had been getting in a couple or even just one good pool workout a week. So looking back and the season we all decided it will be a different plan for next summer. 2017 will include masters swim workouts through the summer!
Once again this year I was frustrated with my cycling. Once again I did not spend enough time training on the bike! Knowledge is power peeps, but then you need to take action. Spring of 2017 I need to be out riding and not just once a week. My plan over the winter is to get stronger and increase my mobility so that riding is more comfortable and I am more efficient. I am currently participating in a cycling study to look at the effect of carbohydrate and caffeine on performance (more on that to come). Each week I start with a 10 minute warm up followed by a 20 minute steady state effort. This allows me to warm up well and tackle a 10 mile time trial. With all the data staring me in the face I am hellbent on improving my numbers each week. Just the consistency of this ride each week WILL allow me to improve. Variety in your plan keep it interesting, but have those benchmark workouts can really keep you motivated.
Balance is always a challenge. For me it is being present at family events, working with athletes, work, and then training/racing myself. This summer I raced less but spent two long weekends away from my family. I was at Ironman Lake Placid and Ironman Mont Tremblant as an Ironman certified coach. I was able to be at the IM booth answering questions, on the stage for the athlete briefings, in transition in the morning with my athletes, on the beach at Tremblant, and all over the course. Being on the course with my athletes was invigorating and inspiring. It was awesome to be part of so many peoples journey, but it was exhausting too! A little more planning in store for 2017, so the scales stay in balance.
A great way to create your best plan for 2017 is to get feedback, guidance and potentially even a plan. I love sitting down with athletes to discuss a solid plan and to create a workable roadmap. Just an hour of time now can set you up for a more balanced, successful, and fun 2017. Contact me today to set up your season planning session.