The final pair of several years I haven’t documented my aims and essential races, while I’ve nevertheless experienced a pair of good decades, I feel like probably I dropped sight of what was truly significant to me and variety of winged it a small bit! In 2021 I set some individual bests in triathlon, finished new distances, and reached a lengthy-term goal of jogging a sub 4 marathon. In 2022 I have a single substantial purpose and some smaller targets all around that which I’d nonetheless like to give my finest shot. But I imagine my race year is planned out fairly well… let us have a glance, shall we?
January – May: Run Target
To start with up, my triathlon season will be commencing a minimal afterwards this yr. If you comply with me on social media, you are going to most likely by now know that my most important intention of the calendar year is to total my initially Ironman.
With that booked for August, it tends to make sense to get a Spring marathon under my belt. So, 2nd Might (Lender Holiday Monday) I will be functioning the Milton Keynes Marathon. With this in head, my mentor will be shifting me to extra of a jogging focus in my teaching. I’ll still need to try and hold up far more swimming and cycling than I did Sep-Oct final year, since of how promptly my period will improve, but to run a strong marathon I definitely require far more kms in my legs!
I really do not definitely have a sound target for the marathon – I’ll just see how schooling feels in the guide-up, but I’ve retained a selected amount of money of running fitness since Manchester 2021, so I’m hopeful I can improve on my 3:55 from that.
In the lead-up to the marathon, I also have two shorter races to get my legs operating:
It would be great to get shut to my PBs at people distances (the London Winter Run is really where my latest 10km PB was set), but I’m not keeping my breath. This yr is about endurance instead than pace!
And ultimately, portion of the cause for preserving up a larger amount of cycling training when preparing for the marathon is that at the end of May perhaps I have the Ride London 100 mile sportive! This is aspect of my greater target to total the London Classics and, just after obtaining a spot in 2020 that got cancelled, has been a prolonged time coming. I’d initially hoped to total all a few London Classics gatherings in one calendar year (2019), but daily life bought in the way and it did not get the job done out.
June – August: Ironman Aim
So now, with a marathon and 100-mile bike ride in the lender, I have 10 months post-Ride London to pull it all collectively with a 3.8km swim at the start off! I’ll go straight from Ride London into a middle distance triathlon the up coming weekend… but with the ideal education in the guide-up to May, I feel this ought to be completely doable.
Initially, I had supposed to race the Cotswolds 113 on this date. But in all honesty, I wanted anything a very little nearer to property. I really don’t genuinely want to be reserving up accommodations and being away from property for lots of weekends this calendar year. It’s a lot more time absent from household, the anxiety and energy of packing carb-loading nutrition as well as all my race-day package, and it provides expense to an previously extremely expensive activity. And the bonus with Grafman, in individual, is that it is truly near to wherever my Mum lives!
The purpose for this a person isn’t necessarily a PB – I think it is seriously hard to review different races/functions in triathlon mainly because they are all quite changeable with problems, terrain, distances, and so forth. The purpose is to race robust, get some decent pacing and transition practice under my belt, and genuinely dial in my nourishment prepared for the obstacle forward.
Following Grafman, I have the choice of both slotting in another center length in July, but managing it as a very long training session and not genuinely tapering/recovering for it, or just continuing on with a teaching develop. I have not totally resolved nonetheless, but if I do slot in the more party, it will be the Massive East middle distance – this year relocated to Maldon, which is in the vicinity of to my Father! I did the Maldon Sprint distance previous year and genuinely relished it, so it would be awesome to do an function there yet again.
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Huge East Middle Length Triathlon (10th July) – not booked
And my remaining race of this period is… Ironman! The huge one. Every thing I’ll have finished in the very first half of the year will be major up to this and I am outside of anxious and energized. I had a several various Ironman gatherings in intellect for August – Finland, Copenhagen or Gdynia. I chose this a person mainly because a) the date worked out flawlessly and b) Cloe is racing with her good friend Mark and both of those their partners are coming to assist. I’ll be sharing an Air BnB with them, which signifies plenty of triathlon chat, nerve-settling, and guidance – I’m so grateful to them for taking me beneath their wing as an IM novice!
My purpose for Ironman? Complete it, ideally not hating the sport! I know this one’s heading to be rough – it is, without the need of doubt, going to be the hardest celebration I have at any time attempted. But ideally, I will get to that finish line pink carpet figuring out I have finished all I could.
September – December: Just for enjoyable!
With Ironman (hopefully) accomplished, which is my season almost done… on the other hand I do want to complete off with two previous events… the two for a little bit of fun seriously.
Swim Serpentine 2 mile swim (day TBC, but typically in September) – not bookedOutlaw X Middle Length Triathlon (25th September) – not booked
If the dates never clash with each other (and I really hope they do not!) then the Swim Serpentine ought to allow for me to gather my London Classics medal, and Outlaw X could necessarily mean experiencing triathlon race working day with Ian, which I would be so happy about! I have experimented with for a though now to persuade him to do 1 (I imagine he would be good since he used to swim at county stage, cycled a whole lot to get the job done, and is a very decent runner far too!). Remaining ready to help each other in activity implies so significantly to me and we equally have an understanding of the relevance of teaching so we make it do the job even when it is challenging.
Right after September, which is me kind of performed for the year! I’ll almost certainly be presented and stop of year crack by my mentor, and then it will be a circumstance of heading into winter season teaching. I’d like to get out on my bicycle much more subsequent wintertime since this time I let the routine maintenance facet of issues and the chilly climate hold me back… but I consider those people winter season rides really make a variation when it arrives to spring instruction once more so I’m likely to make more effort to be journey-prepared in wintertime 2022!
What about you…?
So, that is my year sort of prepared out! I haven’t got almost everything booked yet, but most of it is getting shape and my training is underway. You can maintain an eye on my race calendar as and when some of these get confirmed if you are interested. And permit me know if you’ll be at any of the identical races – it would be so nice to say hi there and share some nervous pre-race chats!
What have you got booked in your race calendar and what are your plans for 2022?