January 30, 2015
I feel like a kid in sweet shop when I start planning my race calendar for the season ahead.
Triathlon is a huge, and growing, sport and there are races all over the world – old favourites which bring back memories, new events in undiscovered places and tough challenges that will be a real test of my training and mental resolve.
It’s vital that I plan this properly – as important as all the training in the pool, on the bike and running. Too many races and I risk injury; too much travel and I reduce training time and increase fatigue and, as a professional, I have to identify races where my strengths are put to best use to give me the best chance of success.
Having the support of my coach, Matt Dixon of purplepatch, is vital and together we have built a strong race calendar for 2015.
As I write this I am in Hawaii on a training camp and won’t return to San Francisco until February. My focus then will be on 70.3 Monterrey and 70.3 Oceanside in March.
I am psyched to be able to compete at Oceanside this year. In 2013 I was set to compete and suffered a dislocated shoulder just two weeks before, so went to 70.3 Texas instead – and won! (see picture). Having placed second at Texas last year too, it’s obvious it’s a course that suits me so I’ll also be returning there this April.
After that I’m off to Wildflower in May, another race I have long hoped to enter. It’s a real festival of triathlon and I’ll soak up every drop of the atmosphere and then smash out the best race I can.
June brings a real challenge for me as I am set to compete at Ironman Coeur D’Alene. It will be my first time at ‘the full distance’ and I know I am ready.
I am under no illusions that it will be easy but with my coaching team and the extra nutrition planning I have received from Dr Stacy Sims at Osmo Nutrition I am very confident that this is the time to step up the distance and see what this new-improved engine can do.
Then I will build up to the 70.3 World Championships in Austria in August. It’s a high profile event that brings together the best in the world and that is just the kind of competition I love.
I’ll then take some downtime before stepping into Ironman again at Arizona in November and likely Challenge Bahrain in early December.
It’s a full season but meticulously planned and every race on my calendar means something important to me.
Full Race Calendar
Jan 27 – Feb 9 Hawaii training camp, Kona
70.3 Monterrey, March 16
70.3 Oceanside, March 28
Stinson Beach training camp, early April
70.3 Texas, April 26
Wildflower, May 2
70.3 Raleigh, May 31
Escape from Alcatraz, June 6
Ironman Coeur D’Alene, June 28
70.3 Vineman, July 12
70.3 Worlds, August 30
Ironman Arizona, November 15
Challenge Bahrain, early December