It's time head start back to training, the break is over. I met with my new coach Judy on Thursday and my new training starts Sunday.We have divided the year into chunks or thirds, the first third is Jan to April and I call it "Banking It". It's winter in Ottawa and the weather is yucky outside but I can do lots of indoor training so I am banking miles on the treadmill and the pool. Once the weather gets nice in May, it's outdoors and the running will transition to more cycling but for now it's a run focused program. My goal for this third is a Half Marathon on May 5th in Toronto for Team Diabetes. May to August is Triathlon season and Sept to December is back to running and training for my first marathon. For now my focus is building up power and speed running and to learn some good cycle technique.
I am going back to the pool as well, I am joining a Master Swim Team. I was on a swim team as a teenager and one semester at Carleton but until last July, that was it. I swam at the YMCA in July in preparation for my sprint tri but I found it boring. A friend mentioned this swim team so I thought I would give it a try. So Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30am to 7:30am I will be back to swimming and hopefully improving my form. I do not see any swim meets in my future but apparently they have some world champions on the team so I will be getting some good coaching. My marathon man aka Neale, has signed up for their Emerging Tri swim program so he can learn to swim and join me in triathlons, I am so proud that he too is taking the plunge. I am nervous about being the worst, my common worry, but oh well, I am there for me not to make any Olympic team.
I am looking forward to this year and Judy thinks it's doable and we are laying a great foundation for moving forward. 2013 is a foundation year, 2014 is Half Ironman and marathon focused and 2015 is Ironman goal year. I know to some this is a lot of time and 2014 should be Ironman year but this is how I roll, slow and steady, one step at a time. I have a plan and I will follow my plan and have fun along the way.
If you are looking for a coach in Ottawa, here is Judy's website