I am not much for rearview mirror looking but perhaps a quick glance back is good this time of the year. 2016 was a great year with lots of training and trips around the world. No crashes, no big injuries but I think I did too few races in retrospect. This will change in 2017.
Swim: Around 2-3 sessions per week, 324,000 meters, 107hrs.
Bike: Moderate total distance just over 12,000km, 416hrs. More quality work than 2015 as Coach Teresa likes quality.
Run: Not that great total distance just under 2,000km, 158hrs – but also here with more quality work than 2015.
Total training time: 681hrs a 13% increase in training time vs. 2015 and an average of 13hrs/week.
Injuries and sickness:
Not bad at all. A bad cold kind of disrupted the early season and another one after the last race of the season but otherwise OK.
Race and results:
Did not race as much as I would have liked to due to several reasons but was satisfied with two races out of three.
Trapaniman ½ ironman: 04:12:42, 1st in age-group, 13th overall.
Slovakman226 full Ironman: 09:40:57, 1st in age-group 10th overall.
Ironman Cozumel: DNF due to stomach problems / cramps.
Happy that I could spend so much time training and racing without sacrificing quality time with the family and still make ends meet. Awesome to get to know some great people all over the world. Also, good to do an Ironman distance race under 10 hours again and get one step on the way to the goal of “Faster at 50”.
Still not feeling my old strength on the bike – but considering that I have just restarted my training I am hoping that my bike legs will return. Running is gradually coming back and I am happy to be able to do multiple 25-30km runs at 4:30 – 4:35km pace with backpack on tired legs.
Now it’s time to suit up and race more frequently than 2014 and 2015. It will be a busy schedule that will seriously test if the two years of preparation has made me ready to beat my old times. The first 7 months includes two Ironman races that I have sign up for and after those two I will revisit the plan and see if I will do two more this year or just one (Ironman Cozumel).
January – February: No racing.
March: Half Ironman, Half Marathon
April: Half Ironman and/or Olympic
May: Full distance #1 – Ironman Lanzarote (my old time from 1997 to beat – 10:08:16)
June: Half Ironman and/or Olympic depending on how I feel after Lanzarote and how quick I recover.
July: Full distance #2- Challenge Roth (my old time from 1996 to beat – 09:12:23)
September: Possibly full distance #3- Austria Long Distance, Podersdorf
October: No race – Preparation for Ironman Cozumel.
November: Full distance #4 – Ironman Cozumel.
December: No race.
It’s a pretty ambitious plan but given the nature of the event I think it’s better to have multiple races lined up. Apart from the training and preparation all we can really do is to hope that the ”perfect day”, when everything works like it should, will happen on one of them.