Planning for Next Year’s Race Season

So I’ve set some major goals for next year. I’ve got a few things on my plate:

  1. Ironman Wisconsin.  09.13.2015.  Goal:  14:30 or faster.  (This was my secret time goal that got away from me at IMLOU.  I want revenge.)
  2. A 70.3 in 6:30 or less.  Also a goal I didn’t meet this year.
  3. A 2:00:xx or faster half marathon.  Unfortunately, there’s a theme here – didn’t meet that at my one open half this year (last weekend) or at last year’s turkey trot either.

These are the goals.  I may or may not make them, but I’m going to try my darnedest to get close.  These will be my “A” races (although note, I have to figure out a half marathon for this).Dates Steps Actions

What’s next in the planning process:

I’m going to be using the Triathlete’s Training Bible as a guide to help me fill in what I need to focus on.

1. Identify my limiters.

These are the items that currently limit my ability to achieve my goals today.  These may be things like endurance, muscular strength, injuries, form, etc.  I’ll be going through a questionnaire from the Training Bible book to figure out which ones I need to focus on the most.

2. Set intermediate goals.

Well, some of these goals build upon one another.  The stronger & more easily I complete a 70.3, the more likely I am to be successful at my Ironman goal.  But there’s also some key “training” goals I’ll be setting here too.

3. And at least until my Ironman training starts up again in February, work on those limiters!

November Review & December Goals

I saw the December date on the calendar today, and I have to admit, it was a bit of a shock!  We’re definitely wrapping up the end of this year already!

Hello December


 How did I do on my November Goals?

  1. Follow the Advocare 24 Challenge well! November 3-27. Fell off track, but got back on. Still working on it.   
  2. Complete Cross-Fit Elements (completed last week!) and 5 CF workouts. I completed Elements and have done 3 so far! I’m loving it!
  3. Run 100 miles in the Pile on the Miles challenge by Run, Eat, Repeat.  I got in 53 miles.  A good start!  
  4. Keep up my 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge.  Uh… got to get purging & packing!  ‘Cuz we’re moving in January!  
  5. Give it my all at the Schaumburg Turkey Trot Half Marathon. I did decently at this.  Certainly not a PR by any means, but my legs were more sore after this than they were most days this summer!  Race Recap coming soon!  

November Stats: 

  • Swim: 1 workout!  I got in the water, yay!
  • Bike:  4 workouts. 5 hours.
  • Run: I ran 53 miles.  Not quite the 100 goal, but a good start.  And I learned from Amanda that it’s 83 miles/month to get to 1000 miles in a year.  Maybe a 2015 goal?
  • Races:  2.  Chicago Perfect 10 and Schaumburg Turkey Trot Half Marathon.

And December Goals?

Hopefully I keep this pretty light. But here goes:

  1. Move every day in December.
  2. Can I make 83 miles running in December?
  3. Lose 6 pounds.  Weigh-in is tomorrow morning.
  4. Make some healthy treats.  And eat fruit every day.

Do you go harder or easier on yourself in December?  Some of these goals I feel like are ramping up for January and 2015!

November Goals

Gobble Gobble!  November and fall are one of my favorite times of year, and it’s flying by!  I penned this at the beginning of the month, but never published.

My goals for this month:

  1. Follow the Advocare 24 Challenge well! November 3-27.
  2. Complete Cross-Fit Elements (completed last week!) and 5 CF workouts
  3. Run 100 miles in the Pile on the Miles challenge by Run, Eat, Repeat.
  4. Keep up my 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge.
  5. Give it my all at the Schaumburg Turkey Trot Half Marathon. My current Half Marathon PR is 2:04:16, or a 9:29 average pace.  I am not sure I can get to this by then, but I sure am going to try!pile-on-the-miles-logo-600x800_thumb5