Never Ending Season
I really love training and rarely have problem with motivation but right now, when most triathletes are either taking their seasonal break or restarting their training after a break, I cant help but to think that it would be really nice to have a month off, to not follow a program and just do a few hours training per week.
In the past I used to start my training up in December. Then build toward the first short distance races to get speed in April – May and an Ironman (to qualify) typically in June – July. A little rest after qualification and then the preparation for Hawaii. When October came around (and it was starting to get cold) it was such a relief to go to Kona and enjoy the heat and the last race of the year.
This past 1,5 year has been very different. It all started with an injury in May 2015 which forced me to take a month off from training. As I had signed up for Ironman Mallorca I decided to give it a try and trained for the 4-6 weeks that was left before the race. The injury and lack of preparation made it impossible to really go hard/fast in Mallorca so I could start my training back up the day after the race.
From September 2015 to February 2016 I focused on building back a good base with a lot of lower intensity training as well as strength training.
In March I signed up with Uperform.dk and Teresa basically changed everything in the way I was training. Much more quality, intervals and no more garbage miles.
I did a half Ironman race in Italy in April which went well but then I got sick for 10 days in May and that put me back in training and racing. Had to cancel Laponia and shorter distance races in Sweden and delay Ironman distance racing to later in the summer.
By June I was training ok again and did SLOVAKMAN226 in August. By then I was in decent shape but conditions on the day was far from optimal and the run course (6x7km) was partly done on a muddy field (2-3km/loop) which made the run times slow.
So, as soon as I had come back to Sweden from SLOVAKMAN226 I wanted to race in normal conditions and started to look for races in the near future. Preferably a smaller race, but given the fact that I had now raced two races where you basically have to navigate and find your way on your own – I thought I could be ok to race an Ironman again. Well organized, closed roads etc.
Florida was full and is also infamous for drafting so its out of the question.
Ironman Cozumel is what I ended up with and that race is 27th of November.
Warm water – cristal clear. Really looking forward to this!
18 months since I had a break. I have five more weeks of hard training to do before I fly out to Mexico. After that – I will really enjoy a break. But now – its cloudy, 5°C but it’s not raining outside – perfect time for a long ride with some good Danish intervals.
Bike Course at Ironman Cozumel – Looks promissing. Hopefully draft free with Mexican Marshalls that shoot first and ask questions later.
I am not really that keen to race Hawaii again, but if I do a decent race and win my age group in Cozumel – perhaps I would re-consider it. More likely is that I will continue to explore exotic races. Perhaps Astroman 2017? Never raced in Japan but I heard that this should be a amazing race with ”seaweed” as an alternative to Gels in the aid stations.