Now that my early season races have finished for a while I’m considering my training for the next few months, next official races are late July for consecutive 70.3’s but I might enter something in between and a couple of TT’s.
I think my best option for UTMB is probably balanced training with longer bike rides so I don’t break myself again! And if I want I’d possibly have the option of an Ironman if I’m feeling daft enough. I do have the option to swap the race in Maastricht to the full distance the day after if I pay the difference but I can’t bring myself to it yet after feeling a bit nackered after recent 5 hour races! But my Strava chart is about the highest it’s been since 2020. It’s a shame it won’t go back to 2019 when I had a fairly good year and did Hamburg (despite it being a disaster on the day).
So, my thought is to split longer efforts throughout the week rather than doing a long run\bike at the weekend. I think I’ll struggle with that these days and don’t really like going missing for hours both days, except for odd occasions.
A rough plan is.
Wed - long run, 1:30-2 hours, possibly building to 2:30
Fri - long swim, working up to 3K+
Sat\Sun - long ride, building up to 5 hours, maybe longer, will ride on the better day and possibly a short run\second ride\rest on the other day
I’d then look to do a quality session on the Thursday, probably on the bike and either a club 10 or Zwift, accepting tired legs.
Maybe a parkrun at the weekend. Anything else would either be an easy session on the bike or run, and aiming to fit 2-4 swims in including an O\W.
But that looks like 5 big or quality sessions per week so I’d need to get the intensity right on the longer days. Would also have an option to do a longer ride during the week if I used a half day or something or swap the long run.
I’d also think about a 2+1 so that I get an easier week every 3 weeks. Problem is I’m not sure how well I’ll stick to it, but flexibility is also a bonus.
I know we are all different and might have more\less stress at work etc. but for anyone else doing a fair bit of training, maybe 12-15 hours how do you manage it?
Nearer the time I might also either swap out for some long hilly walks or back to back days walking in the Lakes.
I’ve been quite tired the last few days though, but I think I’m hindering myself with my diet again so might get another couple of CGM’s to monitor my glucose for the rapid fluctuations, I think this isn’t helping or something else I’m eating!
(Sorry it’s a bit long!)