|Not actually me. Original here.|
Although next year is looking like the Year of the Triathlon, I still want a late winter road race to motivate me. And I just have to run Around the Bay, because frankly I have yet to run an Around the Bay where I've been truly happy with my effort/performance. 4th time is the charm?
So my spring goals are:
Goal #1: PB at Around the Bay
Goal #2: Prep for a sprint triathlon (or two) (or three)
Around the Bay training
In order to balance things and work towards both those goals, I have decided to use a completely different training plan than I've used in the past. This is for a couple of reasons:
1) I want to work on my cycling base over the winter, which means I need to incorporate significant cycling into my exercise routine. Since I'd also like to sleep occasionally, and maybe spend some time with my family, that means I need to spend less time running.
2) My fall race season showed that my run times/progress have stagnated and it's time to shake things up and try something different.
I've decided to use the Run Less, Run Faster program to train for Around the Bay. It makes a lot of sense because it's only three days of running per week, but requires a minimum of two days of cross training - with cycling being one of the recommended types. So it's ideally suited for my winter/spring goals. It's not, however, an easy program. The runs are going to be tough, because every run is a quality run. The interval workouts are a bit terrifying, to be honest! But I'm also excited to try something new and different.
Bike & Swim
So that's the running plan. How will I work on cycling and swimming?
|I am taking over the family room. Which since we cancelled cable is mostly a laundry staging area anyway, so not a great loss. Although I might have to cover the bike in Christmas lights in December so she'll fit in with the usual festive decor.|
|Foxy probably won't come off the trainer until spring, so Big Red - my trusty hybrid - has emerged from the back of the garage for weekend riding, at least until the temps get too cold and it starts to snow.|
|I had to keep reminding myself not to close my eyes! Swimming with goggles is cool.|
I also have to choose my triathlons. After a quick look at locations and dates, the most likely possibilities are Woodstock and Welland from the Multisport Canada series (where'd Binbrook go?), or Milton and Guelph Lake I from the Subaru series. I'm open to suggestions.