Somewhere in my mind I established November, December and maybe even January as the off-season, but recently the thought crossed my mind that maybe I should sign up to do an early season triathlon…maybe even an early season 70.3.
Well, that’s exactly what I’m going to do!
I haven’t decided exactly which one to do yet, but it’ll likely be Monticelloman Half on May 3 or Kinetic Half on May 10, which means that my off-season is basically my on-season! I really only need about 16 weeks to prepare for a 70.3, but with the USAT National Club Challenge (NCC) starting tomorrow today, I figured it’s the perfect time to get back to training!
NCC is a competition between triathlon teams across the nation designed to get triathletes excited about off-season training at the club level. It features three sessions, each one month in duration. While miles from swimming, biking and running count every month, December features Swimming, January is for Biking and February is for Running.
As one of the largest clubs in the nation, DC Tri Club is part of the 250+ members competition, with our biggest competitor being the San Diego Tri team. With 75 members per team, the DC Tri Club has 2 teams and this year I stepped it up and joined Team 1, which has won the competition (or placed 2nd) many years in a row.
For me that means that the 2015 tri season starts today, right now, in the pool! Yikes! I don’t think I’ve been in the pool for over 2 months, but I am so ready. I love swimming and while my body needed rest and recovery from my injury and the many months of heavy training, I’ve also missed checking TrainingPeaks every time (if you’re not using TrainingPeaks yet, you should!)
What’s also cool is that I’m joining the Team in Training Ironman Coaching Team as an assistant coach this year and sometime in 2015 I hope to be certified as both a run and triathlon coach, so I can add those services to my coaching business. With that in mind, I’m going to be my own test subject and design a training plan to help me improve my 70.3 time. I want to focus specifically on speed on the bike and staying strong on the run, while remaining injury free. If Pablo will let me, I’ll coach him too…and if any of you need a coach, contact me!
Or if you just need a training partner, let me know! As the DC Tri Club’s Director of Training, I’m hoping to expand the Club’s training opportunity and what better way to do that than to get out there and start training! I am super excited about the 2015 and can’t wait to jump back into the pool, get back on the trainer and get out on the roads and trails…even in winter’s freezing temperatures!
So, who else is in for an early season 70.3?